Lakshmi Nayak has been involved with adult basic education for many years: as a coach with the national Standards-in-Action 2.0 project, sponsored by OCTAE; as the coordinator of the SABES ELA C&I PD Center for seven years; and as a teacher and tutor. She has taught Science to ASE students at the Cambridge Community Learning Center, all subjects to ASE and pre-ASE students at Project Hope in Boston, and tutored GED students at Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Boston. She loves encouraging curiosity, helping people to connect the dots and experience Aha! moments, whether in a science or social studies class or in a PD session. Lakshmi earned a Master's Degree in education through a joint program between Tufts University and the Shady Hill Teacher Training Course.