Jenna Hervitz Lipton is a 6th grade Humanities teacher and Department Chairperson at The Salk School of Science in New York City. Salk, a specialized school with a strong focus on science education, is consistently rated one of the top middle schools in New York City. Salk partners with the New York University School of Medicine to provide real-life experiences for students. Jenna has been Chair of the Humanities Department there for the past three years, an active member the Salk Professional Development Committee, and has led her school in aligning its curriculum with the Common Core Standards. Jenna received a B.S. from the New York University Steinhardt School of Education in 2003 and an M.S. in Literacy Acquisition and Development at the City College of New York in 2005. She earned her M.S. in conjunction with the New York City Teaching Opportunity Program Fellowship, a highly selective federally funded program that places teachers in high need subject areas and schools. In 2010, she was selected by the International Reading Association (IRA) to present a workshop about her department’s analysis of empowering students to set individualized reading goals. She was also selected as a NYCDOE Aspiring Leadership Fellow. She is looking forward to working with and learning from other educators from all over the country as a member of the 2012 SPA NYC cohort.