Teaching Philosophy

I believe problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills are critical for student success within and outside the classroom. I also believe the best way to achieve these outcomes is through student-centered evidence-based practices that promote healthy and engaging learning environments.

TEACHING SCIENCE COMMUNICATION WITH CLUBES DE CIENCIA COLOMBIA

Problem-solving and critical thinking skills are insufficient without the ability to effectively communicate solutions, ideas, and opinions. One of my main goals in teaching is for my students to improve their communication skills. This summer, I taught a week-long science club called “Science Reporters” for teenagers in Colombia with Clubes de Ciencia. My co-instructor and I developed hands-on activities to introduce our students to the importance of storytelling and art to convey complex concepts through the use of plays, comics, crochet, and video visuals. 

Gallery of the work we did together during the week

"OUR MICROBES, OUR GLOBAL HEALTH" SUMMER PROGRAM &  DISCUSSIONS

Discussion-based approaches are effective strategies to increase student engagement and develop analytical skills. In 2018, I developed an informal 6-week syllabus to teach undergraduate students about the human microbiome in a global context. I implemented short presentations and student-led discussions, including a series of debates around the ethics of both microbiome and global health research that led to long in-depth conversations. I also provided students with opportunities to practice communicating across cultural barriers. The students were paired with researchers all over the world. By stepping outside of their comfort zones, the students were able to learn about the real experiences of microbiome researchers across the globe.

Last meeting of our 2018 summer program for undergraduates

DELTA CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING & LEARNING

My Delta committee chair, Dr. Don Gillian-Daniel, and I after my certificate defense

MENTORING

Undergraduate Students Mentored in the Laboratory

2018 - present
2015 - 2017
2016
2014
2012-2014

Abi Anima & Gabe Welch, Cornell University

Jennifer Westlund & Austin Evans, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Evelyn Marchbanks, Summer Student, University of Wiscon-Madison

LaTonya Simon, REU Student, University of Wiscon-Madison

Taylor Weis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Mentorships Outside of the Classroom

2019 - present
2018 - 2019
2018

Staff Advisor, Graduate and Professional's Women Network & STEP-UP programs

Professional Mentorship Program for Students in Latin America, Ekpa'palek

Biomedical Engineering Women's Group Mentorship Program, Cornell University

Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, Cornell University

Cornell-University of Puerto Rico Interuniversity Relief Program

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