Maria Eguia-Vera, MS, has taught Biology and Environmental Science for over 20 years at Luis Pales Matos High School in Bayamon, Puerto Rico . She has been dedicated to initiate and develop the science program in her school and has served as an instructional leader for her peers. With her participation in Puerto Rico 's Statewide Systemic Initiative in Science & Mathematics (PR-SSI) she has developed innovative approaches in areas including technology integration across the curriculum. Mrs. Eguia-Vera has been dedicated to the success of her students and as a result, she has helped and motivated many students to love and pursue a science major. Many have already experienced undergraduate summer internships thanks to the information she brings from SACNAS.