Traveling in Sin, our memoir, is available on Amazon.

Not Your Father’s Shop Class: Learning to be a Maker at the Exploratory

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Jean Kaneko is a tinkerer. Being around her and the Exploratory, no adult or child can help himself or herself, you feel swept up in the ability to gather parts from open containers and start to make. Perhaps you are drawn to scraps of fabric to design your own plushie animal or you prefer to […]

Asia: A Traveling Chalkboard Champion

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Lisa Niver Rajna: The Chalkboard Champion Who Teaches Her Students That Science and Geography Isn’t Scary Lisa Niver Rajna, an elementary science teacher from Los Angeles, California, is an amazing chalkboard champion. Lisa was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1967, and earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her career […]

Bucket List: Exploring The World of Science

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Exploring the World of Science: Adding to your Bucket List! For amateur scientists and keen travellers, it’s such a joy to visit places that combine these two things. There are thousands of opportunities to visit sights and experience the way in which our world continues to develop. From ancient sites of scientific interest to the latest […]

Lisa on National Television! (Video)

As a University of Pennsylvania 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. Here is one of my favorite quotes by him: “Hide not your talents, they were made for use. What’s a […]

In Westside Today: Local Brentwood Science Teacher Does Good

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Thank you to  Amy Sommer for her article in Westside Today! I will be on NATIONAL TELEVISION on Saturday September 29 on KTLA’s Career Day. The article begins: On Saturday, September 29, 2012 KTLA’s “Career Day” will invite viewers in to science teacher Lisa Niver Rajna’s classroom and see first hand how she inspires her […]

Lisa on NATIONAL TV: Career Day on September 29, 2012

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  CAREER DAY: a nationally-syndicated weekly TV series inspiring viewers of all ages to pursue their dreams jobs! 1pm Saturdays …   Set your TVs, DVRs, and TIVOs for CAREER DAY on September 29, 2012 to see Lisa Niver Rajna on National television.   Career Day spent an entire day filming science in action with […]

In the HUFFINGTON POST: Teachers Need a Village

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My article appeared in the Huffington Post Education section last week. “Teachers Need a Village” is about the support that Educators need to do an excellent job. When I started a new job which required teaching seven grade levels, I created my own science teacher network in Los Angeles. As I said in the article, […]

Barbara Boxer, United States Senator: Thank you!

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Congratulations on your nomination for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. I understand you were nominated because of your mastery of the subjects, instructional methods, leadership in education and dedication to improving student learning. I am pleased to have this opportunity to join your colleagues, family and friends in offering my […]

Eat GMO Foods? Science vs. Nutrition

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  Barbi Walker interviewed me for her article on Genetically Modified Organisms to see what I thought about the science in this debate. She and I talked about how other countries are involved in this debate and the impact of how American choices in farming and agriculture impact our economy worldwide. Get Educated But with […]

State of California Certificate of Recognition: Thank you Fran Pavley

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State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition Presented to: Lisa Niver Rajna In Honor of: Your nomination for the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Your work in teaching young students, in creating a website and blog to encourage lifelong learning in the sciences, and in contributing your professional […]