Beyond Benign

Lead Teacher

Cassidy Javner

Shakopee High School
Shakopee, MN
Years teaching: 4

 

Javner, Cassidy

How did you connect with Beyond Benign?
I connected with Beyond Benign through the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program at the University of Minnesota. We were working on developing a green chemistry lab and took the Beyond Benign online course to learn more about green chemistry.

What first drew you into teaching and science education?
I always knew that I wanted to go into teaching and in college I discovered my love for the sciences and chemistry. I really enjoyed the labs throughout college and eventually became a teaching assistant and tutor in the chemistry department. I loved helping others learn science and I knew that I wanted to continue that passion in my career.

What excites you most about teaching green chemistry?
Green chemistry is such a relevant and important topic in science and incorporates aspects of critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving. I am excited to show students how green chemistry and sustainable science can be a solution to the many problems facing our environment and society today.

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