Valeri Thomson (B.A., Mathematics, Bard College; M.A., Ed.M., M.Phil. and Ph.D., Columbia University) is the principal of Bard High School Early College Queens. She worked as a biology research director at Bard College in Annandale from 1997 - 2007, before moving to the Queens campus. During this time she developed a program for approaching scientific peer-reviewed literature using Institute practices. Working with the high-school faculty and students at the Rockefeller Summer research program and with faculty at different universities, she developed approaches that could be shared with students for taking apart research article and doing close reading of scientific texts to develop understanding even when the background of the reader was somewhat limited. In 2007, she founded the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Biology program. She is now a biology professor and principal of Bard High School Early College where workshop practices are utilized throughout the disciplines to help students develop their thinking through writing.