I enjoy teaching and place just as much value on cultivating myself as an educator as I do as a scientist.
Earth-science education reaches beyond the simple dissemination of knowledge; it sparks curiosity and empowers students to perceive, understand, and responsibly act within the natural
world. Students learn best when they can incorporate subject matter into their own present and future lives. Thus, my primary goals as a teacher are to:
- offer student-centered activities that foster creativity and critical thinking by highlighting personal stakes,
- provide students with the practical skills necessary to synthesize interdisciplinary concepts and tackle real-world, multifaceted problems, and
- systematically evaluate my teaching methods and update my teaching strategies.
You can find more details in my Teaching Statement (updated June 2017).
I have extensive experience as a university-level instructor and teaching assistant. In this capacity, I have created many Educational Resources that I share openly.
You can find more details below and in my Curriculum Vitae (updated January 2019).
I proudly serve as a director of Engage, a course and speaker series created and maintained by graduate students for graduate students that strives to make good science communication a cultural norm. I taught the seminar course in 2016, served as the advisory instructor in 2017, and led the program as manager in 2017. I now sit on the Board of Directors and continue to represent this program by giving public presentations and hosting science communication workshops.
I am an NSF IGERT Program on Ocean Change fellow. This group of interdisciplinary graduate students and faculty members at the University of Washington incorporates the social implications of ocean change into their research. Through this program, I was part of an interdisciplinary team of graduate students that created and implemented three week-long curriculum units for middle school students that explore the natural phenomena through inquisitive and interactive lesson plans.
I regularly attend training workshops to become more familiar with best teaching practices. At the Earth Educators’ Rendezvous, a highly interactive meeting focused on earth-science education, I participated in workshops themed around flipped classrooms, place-based learning, and inter-university collaboration.