Giving Back What Started at Penn

Author: Lisa Niver Rajna, CAS’89

As a Penn Quaker, I feel a special kinship for Benjamin Franklin. I am impressed by all he did for our country in so many different realms. He was a true renaissance man who needs to be remembered especially with the elections looming so closely. Here is one of my favorite quotes by him: “Hide not your talents, they were made for use. What’s a sundial in the shade?” -Benjamin Franklin

On the web site Beyond the Quote,  they state: “Your extraordinary abilities allow you to stand out among the crowd and should be demonstrated often. The special talents you possess may be helpful not only to yourself, but for others as well. When you have a talent you have a greater purpose to show the world and help to improve it.”

Recently, I had the opportunity to share some of my own personal abilities by being featured on the nationally syndicated television show, Career Day. Now in its third season, the show has brought on over two hundred people to share their careers with students and adults who may be interested in pursuing a similar line of work. I am the first teacher ever be selected and my students got to participate as well. In January 2012, two film crews spent the day with me and my 4th and 5th grade students. The show aired on September 29, 2012 (Episode 302).

Here I am on the set, working on a fun experiment with some of my students.

I loved when the narrator said, “Grab your test tubes & beakers! This week on Career Day we’re DISSECTING a career that will really SPARK your interest… teaching elementary school SCIENCE!”

Here I am behind the scenes of filming. Please note: I am wearing my Penn blue!

Enjoy some moments in the science lab. I hope it is as inspiring to you as it was an honor for me to be chosen to share my much loved job with others. Truly, my career path began at Penn, and I’m so happy to continue sharing my work and life adventures with all of you.

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Filed under Alumni Perspective, Lisa Ellen Niver

2 responses to “Giving Back What Started at Penn

  1. Thanks for sharing your teaching with us!

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