I am a Kansas native currently living in Denver, CO. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas in microbiology, where I was first exposed to research in a genetics laboratory. There I gained experience using molecular biology techniques in the lab to study muscle development in fruit flies. I was impassioned by the pursuit of knowledge and decided to continue my education at the University of Colorado Medical Center, where I would go on to complete my PhD also in microbiology. My graduate work was focused on exploring the relationship between viruses and our immune system.
Currently I work full time as a research scientist at the University of Colorado. I am passionate about the scientific method and the processes we have used to generate knowledge and information throughout history. I believe we can apply these same methods and processes to education in the classroom, and help students develop a mindset and skill set to be a successful learner in the present and future.
While I'm not in the lab or tutoring, I enjoy going to see live music around the city and hanging out with my beagle. I also love getting outdoors to go for a hike, go camping, rock climbing, or skiing.
University of Kansas - Bachelors, Microbiology
University of Colorado Denver - PhD, Microbiology
What is your teaching philosophy?
Rather than teaching students facts, I want to teach students how to learn and how to ask questions.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We will establish your level of understanding of the subject, what concepts you have difficulty with, go over a plan of how to improve your understanding of those concepts, and take first steps towards that goal.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help them learn to identify key concepts, and important details.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Help them understand the practical applications of what they're learning.