Joyce Tugel is a Science Specialist at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA). Her work is primarily focused on the areas of science professional development, standards and research on learning, formative assessment, and teacher leadership. Joyce is a co-author of two books in the NSTA Press Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series and editor of Notes from the Field - Teaching for Conceptual Change: Uncovering Student Thinking in Science Through Action Research. She has served as the Project Director for the NOAA-funded Earth as a System is Essential: Seasons and the Seas (EaSiE) project and numerous Maine Math Science Partnership initiatives, including the Science Content, Conceptual Change and Collaboration (SC4) project. Prior to coming to the MMSA in 2005, Joyce was a science professional development specialist at the TERC Eisenhower Regional Alliance for five years and taught high school chemistry and physical science for ten years. Prior to receiving her science teaching certification, Joyce was a researcher in environmental biogeochemistry at the University of New Hampshire. Joyce is the National Science Education Leadership Association’s Region A Director, and has served as the National Science Teachers Association's District II Director and Professional Development Division Director. She is a Fellow of the third cohort of the National Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership. During her accomplished teaching career, Joyce received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching, the Milken Foundation National Distinguished Educator Award, and the New England Institute of Chemists Secondary Teaching Award. Joyce received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire.