Kris Beck is the science lead teacher at George Manierre Elementary School, where she has a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Lab for 3rd through 8th grade students. She began teaching in 2010 and joined the staff at George Manierre in 2011. She loves teaching science and believes that, in order to have a democratic society, we need scientifically-literate students and citizens. Kris is a representative to her school’s ILT, is on the State Adoption Committee for the Next Generation Science Standards, and is a member of the CPS REACH Performance Task Writing Team in science. She is a contributor to the CPS Science Framework and a professional development leader for middle school science teachers in association with DePaul and Loyola Universities. Kris started her teaching career as an AUSL-resident teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University and Masters of Science in Science Education from DePaul University. She is currently finishing up her endorsement in the Algebra Initiative from the University of Chicago.