Beyond Benign

Lead Teacher

Tanya Elmer

Eagle High School
Eagle, ID
Years teaching: 22


Elmer, Tanya

How did you connect with Beyond Benign?
I attended a presentation that Beyond Benign gave many years ago at ISTA. I was also encouraged to take the 2 graduate class they offer by the STEM coordinator in my school district and a program coordinator at the Idaho DEQ who was looking for Idaho teachers to take these classes to learn about green chemistry in education.

What first drew you into teaching and science education?
I have always enjoyed being of service to others and have been interested in science. Seeing that students can gain a love of lifetime learning through inquiry and studying the natural world also solidified my desire to be a science teacher.

What excites you most about teaching green chemistry?
As humans, we have a responsibility to be caretakers of our planet. I am excited to show students that innovations in science can be done in ways that minimizes the harm to the environment. I am also excited to show students all of the cool technologies that have been created using the 12 principles of green chemistry.

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