I'm often asked about my motivation to become (and stay) a teacher. My answer is always the same:
The look on students' faces when they get something - it is priceless. Learning is hard, teaching is harder, but when the two meet and success is the outcome, nothing is more rewarding.
I've been teaching at the college level since 1992 and have seen hundreds of my students go on to become happy and successful in their chosen careers. Some of those students, and many others who were not in my class, came to me for tutoring help since I teach a variety of difficult courses including: Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, and
General & Advanced Biology. It's been even more satisfying tutoring students than teaching a classroom - and even more successful for them. I have a very comfortable yet effective method of engaging my students and helping them learn. I use real-world examples and applications as much as possible to enable my students to grasp difficult concepts or topics. Since I have a wide variety of hobbies, personal interests, and experiences in the world, I have much to draw upon. As a small sampler, I enjoy and engage in sports such as tennis and swimming; have multiple hobbies such as chess, and coin & stamp collecting; and I have traveled many parts of the United States and held a variety of jobs from taxi driver to quality control engineer. Perhaps the best indicator of my success as a tutor is the recurring students who come back to me over and over, and the recommendations I get from them that sends me more than I can handle. My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Cornell University; a Master of Science in Applied Biology from Purdue University, and graduate courses in Animal Physiology, Symbiosis, and Educational Research from Western Kentucky University (online) and Florida Atlantic University, respectively. I taught at Palm Beach State College as an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences from 1992 to 2009, and have taught at Keiser University, West Palm Beach as a Professor of Biological Sciences since 2010.
Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Purdue University - Master of Science, Biology, General
Tennis, chess, stamps, coins, photography, swimming, bike riding