My teaching philosophy centers around helping students become independent critical thinkers and confident scientists. To develop these skills, my teaching focuses around (1) open questions as agents of curiosity and engagement, (2) using the scientific method to frame that curiosity, and (3) foster inclusion by understanding the diversity in learning needs.
As a teaching fellow, I have assisted in teaching a number of undergraduate-level courses ranging from Marine Geochemistry and Geobiology and the History of Life to lab-based courses including Analytical and Field Methods in Geobiology. A full list of teaching experience is available under my C.V.
In addition, in order to refine my teaching skills, I am enrolled in a program offered by the Harvard University Derek Bok Center to obtain the Derek Book Center Teaching Certificate. This program includes seminars focused on refining teaching skills in STEM courses and in culturally diverse classrooms.
The effectiveness of my teaching style and philosophy is apparent in the excitement some students have shown in my classes. In addition, the multiple teaching awards I have received and additional teaching technique workshops in which I have taken part show the quality of my teaching, capacity to teach theoretical and lab-based courses, and commitment to improvement. Collectively, my experiences have developed in me a deep sense of duty to teach the fundamentals of earth sciences and isotopic biogeochemistry and prepare, educate and challenge a diverse cohort of young scientists. The first task is for students to realize and acknowledge that studying earth sciences can directly impact their lives and how they understand the world that surrounds them, especially considering future global changes in climate. I aim to create an engaging, inclusive and intellectually challenging environment that attracts and retains a diverse student body in STEM.