I am an adjunct professor at College of Staten Island and Long Island University. I have been lecturing in Anatomy and Physiology since graduate school. I received my Bachelors from Rutgers University (New Brunswick) in Cell Biology and Neuroscience and minored in Sociology. I also have a Masters in Biology from Long Island University. My desire to teach first occurred when I was a teaching assistant in biology and herpetology as a graduate student. As a TA, I assisted the professor in lab exercises, lecture exams, quizzes and review sessions. As an anatomy and physiology instructor, I have vast experience teaching biology courses to college-level students in all types of backgrounds and ages. My students tend to have interests in pursuing nursing, physician assistant, optometry, and physical therapy programs. I enjoy helping them in the process by writing letters of recommendation. I am extremely passionate about biology and the human body and love to share my enthusiasm with others. As a graduate student I gave conducted extensive scientific research and like to apply that to what I am teaching. In addition, I am able to provide knowledge and comprehension of higher-level material. I have received positive evaluations from students and colleagues in regards to my teaching methods, knowledge of material and engagement of students. I am confident that the student will excel because of the teaching methods I have acquired so far.
Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Bachelors, Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Graduate Degree: Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus - Masters, Medical Microbiology
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What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy focuses on providing knowledge and facilitating understanding. My students have backgrounds in biological sciences, and I try to help these students tap into their prior knowledge and test against what is presented in class. I emphasize on integrating prior material with what they are currently learning. My exams consist of conceptual questions that are not as direct as my students would like it to be. This I believe will help them become better test takers for future standardized exams. In order to understand physiology, we must know our anatomy. This is a good example of integration and understanding. I challenge my students by asking them to connect the functions of each organ system and not treat them as independent. This approach requires them to recall what they learned a few weeks ago, and also strengthens their discipline in memory.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Typically, in a first session, I would ask a series of questions in the area they are struggling with. This will help me assess their current understanding of the material and their test taking skills.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By providing review questions that they should answer before the next session. This will require them to go back and review the material so they stay on track.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help students stay motivated by relating the material they learn to current medical issues.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will break it down into smaller fragments and teach the student, taking steps up until they are confident with the entire concept.