Danielle Kusmak is a 2020 Teach Plus New Mexico Teaching Policy Senior Fellow On the forefront of science and technology, Danielle Kusmak connects her 5th grade classroom in the Tularosa Basin to pistachio production deeply rooted in providing rigorous educational experiences not only to support students but for stakeholders in the future of a highly qualified workforce. Danielle facilitates professional development for K-12 teachers, collaboratively serves as a New Mexico Teach Plus Senior Fellow, provides leadership on the board of New Mexico Science Teachers Association and New Mexico Partnership for Math and Science Education. One of her most prestigious accomplishments includes leading on the American Pistachio Growers Board while chairing the “Lead-On” committee focused on industry leadership opportunities in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Nominated as an Outstanding Agriculture Teacher of the Year, with her most recent servant leadership position in the NMPED Student Success Task Force, Danielle has been positively impacting student growth for the past 10 years in Elementary Education as well as High School Biology, Agriculture, Ag Mechanics, and Horticulture. Danielle received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education at New Mexico State University and attained her Master in Educational Administration at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.