About Brandolyn is the one on the left. She likes to be active and laugh, a lot! Brandolyn believes teachers need to be given research based, proven, practical tools and strategies that can be implemented immediately – without throwing anything out that is already working in their classroom. Brandolyn appreciates that students come into classrooms with different backgrounds and cultures, and their cognitive abilities and experiences are just as wide ranging. Sometimes the only thing students have in common is their age! To be an effective teacher, one must be constantly adapting to the variability in their classrooms. Therefore, effective teachers adapt and overcome, and push beyond their own comfort zones to serve their students. As a "student of CrossFit", Brandolyn understands what it is like to be consistently challenged and pushed beyond her comfort zone. Her CrossFit training contributes to Brandolyn's style: compassionate and emphathetic yet boundry pushing. She knows what it is like to be frustrated to the point of tears and soar with success after months of hard work. If you want business as usual, Brandolyn is not your girl. She is highly energetic with high expectations. Brandolyn is dedicated to helping educators be successful so learning occurs for every student. Enthusiastic, well prepared, and caring teachers change the trajectories of children. Dr. Brandolyn Thran holds advance degrees in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Environmental Science and Health. She LOVES science!! She has a knack for breaking down complex concepts into understandable chunks of information. Brandolyn worked for the U.S. Army for 15-years leading their Microbial Risk Assessment Initiative -- which means she used data, lots of data, to understand the risk of bacteria in air, food and water, and then helped develop solutions so that our Soldiers would have cleaner air, water, and food. She thrives in data-rich environments, and enjoys sharing and helping people implement data-driven decision making concepts. She has taught high school and university science courses.