SUMMARY OF MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:  I am an enthusiastic and energetic teacher and mentor who recognizes that students learn in multiple ways. I try to create the right environment for their learning by communicating clear goals and expectations and stand ready to help them succeed.  I want to teach the students to be critical and independent thinkers, readers and writers who appreciate the natural world and leave with the curiosity to learn and explore more. 

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Teaching Highlights:

  1. BulletLink to the class I developed & taught in Fall 2010:  Professional Development & Ethics in Astronomy

  2. BulletMy First Day Syllabus for Astro 100 - requiring my students to commit to this syllabus and ground rules was one of my most powerful teaching aids.

  3. BulletInvited Lecturer, ISYA/IAU School, Capetown, SA, Feb 2012

  4. BulletTaught Professional Development mini-course, NASSP program, Feb 2011

  5. BulletRegular Lecturer, Interferometry Discussion Group, NRAO-UVA, 2010-2011

  6. BulletCreated & Taught mini-class on Extrasolar Planets, U. San Francisco, Feb 2009

  7. BulletGuest Lecturer, UCSB, A set of “Phases of the ISM” lectures, Graduate Physics (w/ Treu), 2006

  8. BulletGuest Lecturer, Caltech, Graduate level ISM (Ay 126 for N. Scoville & A. Sargent), 2001-2003

  9. BulletInitiated Career Mentoring Series for Graduate Students, Caltech, 2004; UM 1997-99

  10. BulletAstronomy Department TA trainer and mentor, Maryland, 1996-1998

  11. BulletOrientation & Instructional video for international TAs, U. Maryland English Institute, 1998

  12. BulletHead teaching assistant, Physics Department, U. Minnesota, 1995