I received my B.S. in Chemistry in 2013 from California Polytechnic State University. I then went on to receive my M.S in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While obtaining my Masters' degree, I worked as teaching assistant for biochemistry lectures and microbiology lab courses, and found my love of teaching. Due to my positive student evaluations as a TA, I was offered an adjunct lecturer position for the 2015-2016 school year as the Microbiology Lab and Experimental Biology Lab instructor. I am now working to apply to Physician Assistant programs in New York. While I have primary taught college students, I also have experience working with elementary school students. While obtaining my B.S., I helped establish a program where myself, fellow students, and faculty members of the chemistry department would travel to local elementary schools to perform science experiments demonstrating basic scientific concepts to students. I am always eager to teach, and I believe my teaching style is helpful for students of all ages.
I grew up playing soccer for 14 years in New Hampshire (my home state), and continued playing intramural soccer in college, and I have now moved on to coaching. In my spare time, I also enjoy reading, hiking, paddle boarding, and am currently learning how to play the guitar.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo - Bachelors, Chemistry
Graduate Degree: University of California-Santa Cruz - Masters, Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology
Soccer, lacrosse, running, reading, hiking, paddle boarding, listening to music
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that in order to effectively help students, their individuality should be highlighted with every lesson. By getting to know students and what their interests are, I believe it is easier to explain complex subjects in terms of something they like. For example, when I was a TA, I had a student in my biochemistry class who would come to my office hours every week. As we got to know each other, I learned that this student had a passion for soccer. This knowledge allowed me to explain complex biochemical concepts (like the interactions of enzymes with their substrates) using soccer analogies.