Jessica Fries-Gaither is the Lower School Science Specialist at the Columbus School for Girls (CSG) in Columbus, Ohio, where she teachers science to grades 1-5. Prior to working at CSG, she was an education resource specialist in the School of Teaching of Learning, College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, where she serves as the project director for two National Science Foundation funded projects: Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears and Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. Both projects supported elementary teachers as they integrate science and literacy instruction. Jessica earned bachelor’s degrees in the biological sciences and anthropology from the University of Notre Dame. She received her Master of Education (M.Ed) from the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program. Fries-Gaither taught middle school math and science in Memphis, TN and a variety of grade levels, ranging from 8th grade science to 4th grade self-contained, in Anchorage, AK. Fries-Gaither is the author of Notable Notebooks: Scientists and Their Writings, a 2017 Outstanding Science Trade Book, as well as a co-author of the award-winning professional book, Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers: Using Nonfiction to Promote Science Literacy, Grades 3-5 and the recently published Inquiring Scientists, Inquiring Readers in Middle School: Using Nonfiction to Promote Science Literacy, Grades 6-8.