Sandra Smith Cunningham is an educator from Nichols School in Buffalo, NY. She holds a BA in biology from Amherst College and a MS in environmental engineering science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. During her 18 year tenure, Ms. Cunningham has designed and implemented a 7th grade science curriculum that introduces principles of chemistry through the lens of water, environmental resources, the Great Lakes, and Western New York. She has created numerous innovative interdisciplinary projects with her colleagues at Nichols, highlighting the interconnectedness of science, visual art, English, math, and history. In addition to her work in the classroom, Ms. Cunningham is deeply involved in education, outreach, and professional development in the Great Lakes region, working with organizations such as the Center for Great Lakes Literacy, NY Sea Grant, Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper, USFWS, and currently serving as the education and outreach specialist for a 3 year project studying emerald shiners in the Niagara River through Buffalo State College.