How did you connect with BB?
I have been connected with BB since I was a college student and got involved as a college fellow and then intern. Working with BB is what sparked my interest in teaching and I think is a big part of how I got to where I am today! I am so happy to be able to continue my partnership with them.
What first drew you into teaching and science education?
I have always been interested in science and helping people understand new ideas so that really combined into my interest in science education. My interest peaked while I was in college and was working with our American Chemical Society student chapter and then with BB doing chemistry outreach in local schools, libraries and museums. I learned that there is nothing like sharing innovative and inspiring science with the community and I wanted to do my part to inspire high school students to learn about the chemistry in their everyday lives.
What excites you most about teaching green chemistry?
The most exciting thing about green chemistry for me is that it is a science truly focused on creatively solving problems. It can be very overwhelming just thinking about all of the problems that our world is facing and feeling like there is nothing that we can do about it. Green chemistry provides a way of thinking that can provide hope for solving these problems. By incorporating green chemistry into the way that I teach I am able to help train our next generation to see problems as challenges yet to be solved.