A middle school science teacher for 25 years, Fred Chapel brings to Antioch a passion for action research, student motivation, and methods for stimulating, facilitating, and understanding classroom discourse. Fred was selected to attend a master class on Grounded Theory given by Barney Glaser, PhD., and has been involved as a research consultant on teacher action research projects. In his role as an instructional leader, Fred served as an elected representative on his school’s LEARN governance councils and Instructional Transformation Teams to bring about reform in instructional practices. He has also been a curriculum advisor for the development of LAUSD’s Middle School Science Curriculum Guidelines. He has been awarded four grants to develop an effective science program and to design and implement instructional training programs. In addition, Fred has presented numerous professional development workshops in science instruction and techniques for English Language Learners at conferences for the California Science Teachers’ Association, the California Educational Research Association, the California League of Middle Schools, the California Council on Teacher Education, The University of Wisconsin La Crosse, and for the Los Angeles and Pasadena school districts. He was also selected to join Earthwatch Research Teams in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution to study Amazonian katydids and the Royal Society of the UK to study climate change in the rainforests of Borneo.