Clarissa Furlong has a B.S. degree in Cell Biology, a master's degree in School Counseling and a master's in Secondary Language Development. She founded and wrote curriculum for a preschool in Dublin, Ohio where the idea for student centered learning was born. She stumbled through creating modeling based instruction at the middle and high school level after attending a one hour Modeling presentation at a NSTA convention in the late 1990's. She finally attended her first workshop in Modeling Physics in 2008. She implemented the Biology Modeling program for years before attending a Biology Modeling workshop in 2016. As part of the Mobilise program, Clarissa has assisted in the design of a new Biology Modeling Curriculum. She attended the Modeling Instructor's Leadership Program in the summer of 2017. As Biology department head at Franklin Height's High School, she trained her colleagues in the use of Modeling Instruction during a one week summer program and continued weekly meetings. She is thrilled to watch the methodology being successfully implemented with IEP, ESL, AP, Honors and low achieving students. She is excited to join Chantel Dooley, one of her former instructors, as co-leader.