Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. - Chemistry (College of Wooster) M.Ed. - Urban Education (Boston Teacher Residency @ University of Massachusetts)
I have loved teaching and tutoring since I was in high school myself, and got my first classroom teaching experience by volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania. Even though I had just graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from the College of Wooster, my Swahili was far too basic to teach science. So I was enlisted to teach 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade English and Math. I learned very quickly that the skill of teaching is more of an art than a science. That lead me to the Boston Teacher Residency program, through which I earned a Master’s in Education from the University of Massachusetts. I taught in Boston Public Schools for two years, in Columbus City School for four years, and most recently at Montessori High School at University Circle in Cleveland for four years.
One observation I’ve made at each stop on my journey is that every student is unique. Everyone brings their own interests and passions to class. My ultimate goal is educating the next generation of citizen-scientists and voters. To do that, I see my role as helping each student to make their own connections between a personal interest and the chemistry behind it. Of course there are key stories (The Manhattan Project) we must understand and key skills (laboratory techniques, metric units, etc.) we must master in order to prepare ourselves for further studies. However, just as much time must be dedicated to exploring the applications of chemistry to their own interests. The end product is students teaching each other (and me) about the chemistry behind their microphones and guitars, the lacquer on a basketball court, their cell phone cases, and the paints on their canvases.
I am excited for the opportunity to act as a guide for the curious and inspired students at Campus International, and I’m confident they will find many challenges within the world of chemistry. The solutions they create will help all of us have a greater understanding of the world in which we live.