In all that I do, I consider myself to be both an educator and a student. This is what draws me to teaching: I get to pass down my words of wisdom and experience while continuously acquiring new knowledge and insights from my students. I know the power, increased confidence, and possibilities that knowledge gives, and it’s rewarding to be part of a student’s learning journey. As a first-generation student, I have firsthand experience with the difference engaging and caring educators can make. Throughout my academic studies I experienced many tribulations such as the loss of my dad, job stressors, and family and financial struggles. Without the educators who offered me motivation, advice, and flexibility, I would not have continued my academic journey; so in part, I teach as an act of gratitude to the role models before me.
With my experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students across a variety of business and human resource classes, as well as teaching both on campus and remotely, my predominant teaching style is student-centered. I believe we can all learn something from one another and because of this, I tend to gravitate toward group activities that encourage discovery, collaboration and critical thinking. In all that I teach, I also emphasize well-being, self-care, self-growth, and taking chances.
As a teacher, my number one goal is to open the eyes and minds of my students and to help them think differently. I accomplish this by introducing new content, ideas and concepts while encouraging my students to always look at a situation from all sides. Well known educator Maria Montessori and I share similar definitions of teaching victory; I believe she said it best: “The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’”