Dedicated to preparing her students for careers in the 21st Century, eighth-grade math teacher Lisa Suarez-Caraballo incorporates cutting-edge technology in her lessons and motivates through innovative practices. To present fractal geometry, she worked with Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to initiate a middle school competition. So that other schools in the district could participate, she conducted professional development sessions for all of the teachers. Each year a crowd of approximately 700 attend the competition reception. Ms. Suarez-Caraballo's concern for her students' education extends even beyond their graduation from the eighth grade. When she saw a need for some kind of intervention at the high school level, she decided to give up her lunch hour twice a week and drive to the high school to spend time with her former students, helping the majority of them maintain or raise their math scores. With this level of commitment, it's easy to see how this National Board Certified teacher inspires academic excellence.