I am 26 years old from Dartmouth, Massachusetts. I grew up on the beach and have always loved being outside in the great outdoors. I went to college at Brown University in Rhode Island as an undecided major but was drawn towards the sciences, specifically environmental sciences, as I was inspired by the amazing professors I had there. I took a huge range of courses at Brown from photography to environmental microbiology and loved the diversity. During my degree, I pursued various research and teaching opportunities around the world including work with an agroforestry nonprofit in Kenya and teaching environmental education in the Bahamas. After spending some time working in the field on a small lake in Vermont and analyzing environmental samples in the laboratory, I was inspired by my colleagues and decided to pursue scientific research. I applied for a PhD program at The University of Oxford in Oxford, England studying the interactions between climatic variables and marine organisms. At Oxford I had the amazing opportunity to propose my own research questions and work with scientific leaders from around the world. At Oxford I was also able to take on various teaching and mentoring roles of undergraduate students in earth and environmental science topics. I am excited to learn with you and share my experience with these topics!
What is your teaching philosophy?
Each student is different and I believe strongly in the importance of working together to find out how we can learn together.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I always encourage students to ask questions, both to me but also to others in their lives. Learning is a multifaceted and constant endeavor and I think realizing that is important in every student's process.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Start with the basics and move forward from there.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Get to know the student first and their goals for their learning experience. Once we are on the same page about where we are headed, we can start the learning process.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I tend to build confidence by first reviewing material that the student is familiar with and then moving forward from there to apply that knowledge to more challenging problems.