Faculty Who Care
I received my Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Brigham Young University (BYU). Later, after having changed careers to education, I received a Master of Education from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.
While I was a student at BYU, I interrupted my studies to spend 18 months living among and working with the people of Guatemala. During the time I was in Guatemala the country was recovering from a major earthquake which left thousands homeless. The living conditions were rustic, to say the least. I have vacationed in Central America a couple of times which helps maintain my fluency in Spanish.
My family and I provided foster care for medically fragile children for 8 years. During that time I had multiple opportunities to speak to an international audience on the feasibility of providing medical foster care in a home setting as opposed to institutionalizing children with significant medical needs.
Past jobs have included recycling plastic pesticide containers, driving a forklift, driving a 30 foot truck to transport the equipment to reduce the plastic containers to small pieces for recycling, and traveling throughout the state of Pennsylvania to spray invasive plants.
I spent five years teaching at an alternative school and gained invaluable experience during that time.
Each person enters the classroom with varied experiences. As an educator, I feel it is my purpose to encourage the sharing of experiences as they relate to the subject being taught. This is best accomplished by ensuring each student feels safe in expressing their thoughts and asking questions. I will motivate the learners in my classroom to expand their knowledge of the subject by acting as a guide and allowing them to explore different topics by providing the opportunity to participate in student-driven experiences and projects.
Allowing learners to study things that are pertinent to their lives and interests enables them to internalize their education. One way this can be accomplished is to involve the students in the planning and execution of projects. I can act as facilitator and coordinator but, ultimately, the students drive the process which makes the entire experience more meaningful. In this way, they become truly educated in that their lives and directions are changed. New goals are set and achievements are met.
The knowledge attained through a college education can only benefit the student. One of my hopes as an educator will be to instill in the students an excitement for life-long learning. Not only in the subject of the particular course, but in the ancillary knowledge that touches on the subject being taught. I have great enthusiasm, particularly for the sciences. I strive to convey this enthusiasm to the students as I incorporate supportive information into the topic being presented. As the students go on to successful careers, I would like to think I had a role in grooming them for success.