About Us


Hi! I am Jesse Bernstein and I am the AACT Governing Board President. Recently, I retired from over 40-years of teaching chemistry. I taught college prep, honors, AP chemistry, forensic, environmental, and one year of physics. I taught in Cleveland Ohio at Hawken School for over 30-years and then 11-years at Miami Country Day School in South Florida. I loved teaching chemistry and sought a community that shared my enthusiasm.

Vision and Mission

Under the auspices of ACS, the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) was established in 2014 as a professional community by and for K–12 teachers of chemistry.

Our vision is to inspire and empower K–12 chemistry educators. It is our mission to support the success of educators by providing quality resourcesprofessional development, and networking opportunities.


Our governing board members are AACT members and current or former chemistry teachers with a combined 185 years of experience teaching in a classroom. Their experience, along with the chemistry and professional experience of the AACT team, helps us reach our goals. Namely, but not limited, to:

  1.  Continue to develop and improve instructional resources at a rate of 10% per year to increase the number and engagement of AACT members.
  2. Increase the number and quality of opportunities for networking and communication among current and future AACT members.
  3. Increase participation and impact of relevant and accessible professional development opportunities for all educators.

What Drives AACT

It is through our vision, mission, and goals that we passionately provide our members, in the United States and around the world, the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and grow professionally.  All of what we offer is for chemistry teachers created by chemistry teachers. We have been there, we are there, and we will continually strive to help chemistry teachers succeed.

Membership Benefits

The desire for AACT to understand chemistry teachers’ needs is why I have been an AACT member since its inception. 

AACT Membership is comprised primarily of individuals who are K-12 teachers but there are members from colleges, preservice teachers, industrial people, and professionals from non-traditional roles such as individuals from museums.

Explore AACT

My favorite parts of AACT are the resources that are geared towards chemistry teaching and learning.  Equally, the people at AACT and all of the people whom I meet through AACT.  

It is my sincere hope that as you explore our resource libraryview our multimediaread a Chemistry Solutions articleattend a webinarsearch our ChemMatters archive, or collaborate with a Science Coach that you will have your own “favorite parts” to cherish and share with others.

We are happy to hear from you and deeply thank you for continuing to make chemistry available for generations to come.

All the best,

Jesse Bernstein

Jesse Bernstein
President, AACT