Nicole Evanisko earned her BA in Early Childhood and Childhood Education with a concentration in science and her MSEd in Differentiated Instruction and Gifted Education, both from Canisius College. She later returned to continue her education and earn a certification in 7-12 Biology. Ms. Evanisko has been teaching for 11 years, 6 of them in Queens, where she was awarded a Master Teacher Fellowship by Math for America and a Sustainability Grant by the NYC DOE. Now she teaches Regents Biology and Biology Lab at North Tonawanda High School where she advises the Garden Club and Earth Tomorrow Environmental Education and Leadership Program in conjunction with the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeepers and the National Wildlife Federation. She supports engagement in the stewardship of greenway projects by partnering with the Niagara River Greenway Commission to get students involved in helping to restore the shoreline and the NT Botanical Gardens. Ms. Evanisko loves exploring the world and has led students on educational and service-learning trips to the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, Costa Rica, Iceland and Tanzania, Africa. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Evanisko is excited to collaborate with enthusiastic and dedicated educators as part of the NYSSLS Living Environment Professional Learning Team and various STEM mini courses.