Nick Lodato has over eight years of experience as a public elementary school teacher. He most recently taught in Phoenix, AZ at the Royal Palm - Arizona Cardinals Preparatory Academy, a “small community” public school program designed to accelerate the learning of students with significant needs in core academic areas. He has served in education leadership roles such as PTO President, professional development facilitator and Curriculum Specialist. Additionally, Nick strived to provide students multiple experiential education opportunities by establishing a college partnership for science mentoring as well as initiating and leading school participation in a science project-based learning competition. He has completed the National Board Certification process for adolescent mathematics and currently serves as a Field Specialist in Educator Effectiveness and Leadership at the Indiana Department of Education supporting education reform policy. Nick received a B.S. in Business from Indiana University in 2003, with subsequent teaching certification at Rio Salado College and was recently awarded an Indianapolis Principal Fellowship to attend Columbia's Summer Principal Academy. In light of his work in teacher and principal evaluations in Indiana, Nick looks forward to learn from others’ experiences in education around the country and contribute lessons from his experiences at the IDOE as he joins members of the 2012 SPA NYC cohort.