Corpus Christi, TX, 78412
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EducationBS - 2005 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Biology
MS - 2008 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Biology
ExperienceI have taught college Biology courses for the past three years here in the Texas Coastal Bend area.
I always ask a question of my students at the beginning of the semester: “How many of you were taught Biology by a teacher in high school who seemed to not be very interested in or knowledgeable about the subject?”. I would say a good 90% of my students raise their hands. My next question to them is “How many of you think science, specifically biology, can be applied to your everyday life?”. Usually I get 3-5% of them raise their hands. I believe that science is fun, exciting, and imparts life skills to students that can be used inside and outside the academic world. I have many goals I strive to achieve in the classroom and lab. At the most basal level, I wish to teach the curriculum set forth by the course and the college… but this is just the beginning! I go to great lengths to impart my passion and excitement about the field of Biology to my students and show them how it can be applied to their lives on a daily basis.
Being a kinetic learner myself, a realization that came to me later in life, I know the importance of incorporating all of the different learning styles into the classroom environment, be it face-to-face or online. I was never taught how to make use of my particular learning style. I was often frustrated because in simply listening to lectures or reading a text I just was not “getting it”. Once I figured out I had to modify my methods of learning to match my learning style, not only did I succeed, I blew all of my previous attempts and expectations away! I use this past experience to impart the curriculum of my classes in a way that allows all of my students to succeed regardless of their primary learning style. The use of technology and having an electronic adjuncts to my courses, such as Youtube or Connect, helps tremendously with this and I incorporate an online component to my face-to-face classes to assist those students that need a little bit more than the classroom experience. I am a firm believer in integrating hands-on learning and open discussion forums into my courses as well, especially those lacking a lab component.
We are beginning to see the results of the “No Child Left Behind” curriculum set forth in the grade schools over the last decade at the college level now, and this has presented instructors with particular challenges. We are dealing with a generation of students that has not been taught critical thinking skills and the real world applications of them. While I believe that fact-based learning is a good adjunct to any curriculum, my approach to engaging students and evaluating their progress in my courses is designed to be more integrative. It’s great that they know facts, but can they synergize them into an answer to a complex, multifaceted problem and show their thought process along the way? I think these are skills that are crucial to their success in the world outside of Academia, and allow them to make more informed decisions and choices throughout their lives.
To sum up my teaching philosophy: Biology for me is fun, exciting, and miraculous..and if I can impart my excitement for it along with my knowledge of the subject in a way that challenges and inspires my students to seek answers beyond what is right in front of them, at the end of the day I feel I have done my job.
HobbiesCamping, fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, kayaking, birding, sculpting, painting, SCUBA, throwing a plankton net into a water body and checking out what's in the water with my microscope at home (yes I have a plankton net AND a microscope at home!!!, reading, writing, poetry, being a tourist, traveling the world, and most of all, nature photography! Oh ya..I love Scooby Doo!!
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