How did you connect with Beyond Benign?
Several years ago, I was given the opportunity to help develop a curriculum for Middle School students supported by the principles of Green Chemistry. After the success of that curriculum, a team of us developed a second curriculum to enhance the program in order to widen the resource base for educators and students. Recently, I reached out to Beyond Benign at the NSTA conference in St. Louis to express an interest in returning to help out in some capacity. It is through the role as a Lead Teacher that I look forward to continuing the process of curriculum development, educator support, and broadening the reach of the message of Green Chemistry.
What first drew you into teaching and science education?
I don’t ever remember a time when I did not know that I was going to be a teacher. I have always been inquisitive, and fascinated by the wonders of the world around me. Teaching science seemed like a perfect fit for me. It’s not so much that I chose a path in life, as I followed a life course that led me here. And “here” is a place I am proud and happy to be.
What excites you most about teaching green chemistry?
All children need to know that they have the power to effect change in the world. Green Chemistry Curriculum is a powerful tool for them to see not only the importance of such changes, but also that they have within them the ability to do it.