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Master of Science in EntomologyUniversity of California, RiversideSeptember 2008
Bachelors of Science in EntomologyTexas A&M UniversityMay 2004
My goal as an educator is to clearly communicate the facts and processes that make up biological systems, but even more than that to convey the awe inspiring wonder of the biological world, and to foster a curiosity and deep appreciation of the natural world that will extend beyond the classroom. I seek to engage students at multiple levels and cater to a variety of learning styles through audio, visual, hands-on and interactive teaching methods. I believe the more levels that a student can connect with the material the better he or she will retain and integrate the concepts.
Growing up in rural Ohio I was always interested by the natural world around me and I began exploring and studying local plant and insect life at a young age. To this day I find the diversity and complexity of life beautiful and fascinating. I love sharing the joy of discovery with students in the classroom.
The study of biology is a grand undertaking, both challenging and rewarding. I strongly encourage students to first make attendance a top priority and then to be intentional about reading the assigned chapters and studying the material outside of class each week. It is important to both memorize and understand the material. Students should try to make connections throughout the class and to previous material and to experiences in their own lives.
As a new instructor at San Antonio College I am still getting to know the department and faculty. Some of the excellent aspects of the biology department that I have observed so far are the small class sizes. Hands on learning environment, helpful staff and dedicated faculty.
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