Teaching and learning are lifelong adventures. I believe that we all share the roles of instructor and student. I want to acknowledge, foster, and celebrate the diversity of perspectives, experiences and learning styles of every student. I am committed to the values of intellectual and academic freedom.
My hope is to encourage students to feel comfortable and empowered to both contribute to and grow from a robust exchange of knowledge and ideas at Champlain College. I wish to foster a collaborative atmosphere of mutual respect and civility where teaching and learning flourish.
Information is a living organism, what we learned yesterday may not be relevant today. I hope to create an atmosphere that emboldens students to ask questions and develop a sense of curiosity about the information we are inundated with daily. Encouraging them to seek out opinions from other races, cultures, and religions. Learning does not stop when you leave college and critical inquiry is crucial to success in their careers and becoming active engaged citizen.
I’m inspired to teach by my own passion to learn and by my desire to inspire this energy in others. I want to collaboratively create a space that inspires students to grapple with the discomfort and vulnerability of exposure to new ideas, to be curious, excited, thoughtful and reflective, and to examine information with both critical lenses and open minds.
I want students to feel safe and empowered when questioning themselves, questioning others and questioning the world around them.
Students come to college with a wealth of knowledge all their own from their experiences and their affinities. Every student has something that they are an expert in, something that they can teach me. Information literacy can and should empower students to take what they already know to the next level. With information literacy, students make new connections, synthesize viewpoints into something new, and push forward important conversations.
I am motivated to teach by the enthusiasm I see in students as they learn.
I aspire to exhibit a deep passion for my subject that will build trust with students and stoke their curiosity.
I want students to walk away motivated to thoughtfully engage with the information that shapes their beliefs and their understanding of the world around them.
I teach because learning and self growth are important to me. As a teacher, I hope to learn from my students, as they learn from me. I hope to inspire students to think and learn beyond the classroom setting and use something they have learned from one of my sessions. I aspire to be a teacher that is creative, open, kind and fearless.