Teaching indoors is Marco Cornacchione’s second career. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a BA in Biochemistry and a BA in English, Marco moved to Boulder and soon began working as an outdoor educator. Marco worked as a mountaineering course leader in Wyoming and Alaska for the National Outdoor Leadership School. After several seasons at NOLS spending as much as 40 weeks in the field, Marco opted for a more settled life as a guide for Colorado Mountain School in Estes Park. Here he missed the great experiential science opportunities at NOLS (he did several special projects with the USGS and early fieldwork developing the Leave No Trace program) yet he realized how much he enjoyed working with middle school age kids, especially those in Colorado Center for the Blind summer programs. So, after 15 years outdoors, Marco completed his teaching license and MA in Education at CU Boulder. In 2012 Marco received his National Board certification. He loves the energy of middle school kids and bringing science to life for them.