Curiosity encourages growth, creates opportunity, and opens minds to learning. I believe that sparking curiosity in a diverse audience is a fundamental tool for effective teaching. At any institution, students come from varied backgrounds with different motivations for pursuing their education. As an instructor, I use this diversity as a tool to help students connect with the material and, in turn, inspire curiosity. I find this diversity both exciting and challenging, and it is one of the major factors that has inspired my interest in teaching. I draw from my student’s background and interests to supplement learning objectives and encourage a more in-depth understanding of the course material. My philosophy is primarily derived from my own teaching experiences in the classroom, and through science outreach and communication.
As a teacher, I enjoy being on the front lines of science education and communication. I find fulfillment in helping students comprehend difficult concepts, master essential skills and navigate their own career path. Every student comes from a different background with different motivations for pursuing their degree. Accommodating this diversity creates a better learning experience for everyone in the classroom, and is a fundamental component of my teaching philosophy.