Dr. Kristin Plessel is a Nebraska native that has been transplanted in Wisconsin. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the UW Colleges’ Rock County campus and chemistry department in 2010, and currently serves in the positions of Associate Professor of Chemistry and Institutional Assessment Coordinator. As a graduate student, Kristin was introduced to POGIL, which she immediately applied once she acquired a classroom of her own. For her use of POGIL in the classroom, she was recognized with the Arthur M. Kaplan Fellows Award, the Gil Sedor Excellence in Teaching Award for UW Rock County and the University of Wisconsin System’s 2016 Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award. Creating POGIL practitioners and supporting their professional development, alongside serving her own students, have been her professional passions. Her personal passions include traveling with her spouse and two children.