Doug Tuthill has devoted most of his professional life to improving education, first as a college professor and then as a classroom teacher, policy advocate and teacher union president. He helped create Florida’s first International Baccalaureate program at St. Petersburg High School in 1984, which made him an early pioneer in choice movement. Doug served two terms as president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association in the 1990s and also chaired the state committee that created Florida’s Sunshine State Standards. He worked as a policy analyst for the Collins Center for Public Policy and managed a partnership between the University of Florida and Pinellas County School District focused on improving high-poverty elementary schools. He is currently president of Step Up For Students.