Laura Hinds graduated with her Master’s Degree in English/Language Arts Education after completing the ProTeach Program in 1996. She went on to be a Language Arts and Critical Thinking teacher for 17 years. She then spent two years as a Peer Evaluator for St. Johns County Schools during which time she observed, evaluated, and coached teachers in grades K-12 using the Marzano Framework. She then became an Instructional Literacy Coach for Murray Middle School. Laura now serves as a Gifted Consultative Teacher for Elementary and Middle Schools across her district. She was selected as the Gamble Rogers Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2004 and earned her National Board Certification for English/Language Arts in 2006. Laura has presented at conference and school district settings including Nuts and Bolts, ECET2, and the Florida League of Middle Schools Regional and State Conferences.