Lynn VanDeWeert began her career as an elementary teacher ten years ago in the Ithaca City School District in Ithaca, New York. The Ithaca City School District is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, and serves a diverse population of over five thousand students in rural, suburban, and urban settings. Lynn currently serves as the district’s Primary Literacy Staff Developer. This position affords her the opportunity to collaborate with teachers and administrators in the district’s eight elementary schools, and to facilitate district-wide professional learning communities. Lynn also serves as the K-5 English Language Arts Curriculum Chair and leads ongoing curriculum and assessment development in this role. She received a B.S. in Hotel Administration from Cornell University in 2000 and a M.S. in Teaching from the State University of New York College at Cortland in 2002. Lynn looks forward to having the opportunity to connect with and learn from a diverse group of educational leaders as a member of the 2012 SPA NYC cohort. Lynn expects she will lean on this group frequently as she endeavors to become a building leader in the Ithaca City School District. In this role, she hopes to lead a team of colleagues in reimagining what education can look like, to support and promote innovation in teaching, and to help transform the learning experience into one of excellence for all.