I believe learning in all different types of modes and understanding the reasons for learning a concept are pivotal. Learning is not just about rote memorization and passing exams, but giving students tools by which they begin to understand their world a little bit better.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Florida - Bachelors, Linguistics
Graduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Masters, International Relations
Salsa dancing, fiction reading
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that students learn best when they understand why and how these basic principles will eventually be applied. Also, I believe that each individual learns differently, and they must be shown several ways to arrive at answers.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After introducing myself and allowing the student to talk a little about him/herself, I would try to assess where their learning level stands.