As a teacher, my goal is to spark students’ enthusiasm by illustrating the connections between the natural world and their own lives and presenting the earth, ocean and atmosphere as a dynamic system about which we still have much to discover. I use authentic examples to make connections between scientific concepts and real-world issues in my teaching, which I incorporate through inquiry-based labs, environmental field sampling, student analysis of real published data, and discussion of scientific content in current news articles. In addition to learning scientific content, I find students attain a more complete understanding of the natural world and of scientific discovery by engaging in the process of generating scientific knowledge, including learning how to formulate a scientific question, generate a hypothesis, collect and analyze data, interpret results and formulate conclusions.
Instructor in Chemical Oceanography, Woods Hole Diversity Committee Partnership Education Program, July 2017.
Visiting Member of the Faculty, General Chemistry II with Laboratory, The Evergreen State College, July-Sept. 2014 (syllabus).
Teaching Assistant, OCEAN 443, 444 and 445: Undergraduate Senior Thesis: Proposal, Research, Data Analysis and Writing sequence, University of Washington, Sept. 2012 - June 2013.
Teaching Assistant, OCEAN 200: Introduction to Oceanography, University of Washington, March - June 2012.
I have developed resources for presentations on carbon and climate and on oysters and ocean acidification, which are publicly available through the University of Washington Program on Climate Change. I have been a frequent guest lecturer on these and related topics at the University of Washington, The Evergreen State College, North Seattle College, and numerous Seattle area public high schools.
I developed a hands-on data analysis activity on ocean acidification for students in advanced high school and introductory undergraduate courses on chemistry and earth/ocean/climate science. Students analyze real-world data from a published study to explain how ocean acidification is affecting the oyster aquaculture industry in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to developing this activity, I have trained Seattle area high school teachers to use this in their classrooms and presented on student outcomes from completing this activity at the AACU STEM conference in 2015.