Beyond Benign

Lead Teacher

Teri Natoli

Creed Health and Sport Sciences High School
New Haven, CT
Years teaching: 25



How did you connect with Beyond Benign?
I started working on Green Chemistry curriculum, lesson designing and replacement labs when I was invited to work on a Pfizer initiative for teachers. Based at the Keystone Science Center, I worked with a team of teachers to translate the Principles of Green Chemistry from the industry model into the classroom and actual lessons for teachers. I am thrilled to have been on the cutting edge of science as a Green Chemistry workshop facilitator and curriculum writer since 2003 and with Beyond Benign since…

What first drew you into teaching and science education?
I really can’t say what drew me into teaching except that I always knew that the classroom was where I was meant to be. Teaching science and turning students minds onto new technologies and advances in chemistry is something that really excites and invigorates me. I am so lucky to have such a cool job!

What excites you most about teaching green chemistry?
Cutting edge, fun, cool , state of the art, unique and sustainable are only a few of the reasons why I am so passionate about green chemistry. I am excited to see a future for all students in that the place that they learn( classrooms) are free of harmful chemicals and that they can see the solutions to a sustainable world are within the realm of Green Chemistry .

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