Beyond Benign

Lead Teacher Program

K12 Lead Teacher Program

Beyond Benign’s Lead Teacher Program is designed to develop and support teachers who wish to take a leadership role in advancing sustainable science education as teacher trainers and presenters. As a part of this three year program, participating teachers become ambassadors and experts in sustainable science and green chemistry.

Beyond Benign provides advanced training along with opportunities to collaborate as co-leaders of workshops, conference presenters, curriculum experts and more. All teachers receive compensation for their time and talent.

Read the Lead Teacher Blog

Inspiration from ACS Meetings

Cassandra Knutson, Lead Teacher

                    I have been to several ACS meetings in the past few years and each time I leave excited and inspired….

Learning Together in the Green Chemistry Community

A Spotlight of Annette Sebuyira by Scott Carlson

I started teaching when I was 20. Hindsight is 20/20, though I felt well prepared on pedagogy and psychology of the child, the contrast between teacher preparation courses and actually…

E-mail questions to Lead Teachers

Have a question about green chemistry or sustainable science in the classroom? Share your question with our Lead Teachers!

How do I apply to be a Lead Teacher?

Are you a visionary teacher looking to join a national network of teachers who are bringing cutting-edge science concepts to STEM education? Share with us what green chemistry looks like in your classroom with a brief portfolio of your own green chemistry implementation along with your resume and recommendations from colleagues and a student.

Application deadline for 2020 has closed.

2021 program application deadline: February 21, 2021 (check back for updated application information in Fall 2020)

Email Janie Butler at  for more application information.

What does it mean to be a Lead Teacher?

Beyond Benign Lead Teachers are dedicated full-time K-12 classroom teachers at public or private schools. Lead Teachers serve as green chemistry education ambassadors and collaborate with industry and education partners to develop curriculum and deliver professional development at local, regional or national conferences and workshops. As a part of the program teachers will develop a deeper understanding of green chemistry and work together with a network of like-minded teachers. Each year Lead Teachers dedicate approximately 70 hours to the program and receive compensation for their time and talent. To ensure continuity of the program participants are asked to make a 3-year commitment. Upon completion, there are opportunities for Alumni Lead Teachers to support the community as mentors who share their experience with new recruits.


Lead Teacher network

New Jersey
New Hampshire
New York
North Carolina