The University of Texas at Tyler
Having spent my entire adult life as an advocate for education both as a public school teacher and a teacher of future teachers, I have dedicated my professional career to helping students of all ages reach their goals and fulfill their potential. My commitment is to be a model and exemplify the behaviors I want my students to value by instilling a passion in my students for the field of education and an understanding of how each teacher impacts the lives of countless students.
"Above all, my primary desire is to train young minds, to fascinate them with chemistry as I have so often been. As a teacher, it is my duty to help students through a critical part of their life. I do this by being a good academic role model, by letting students know that I care about their academic and personal success, and by working hard to help them reach their goals."
Anatomy and Physiology are quite challenging for most freshmen so much of my time and energy is spent teaching them how to organize, understand and commit to memory large quantities of complex information. This is exhausting, but at the same time, it is very satisfying to help a student discover their true capabilities when academically challenged. I just can't imagine doing anything else with my life.
To truly understand the scientific process, students should engage in a meaningful research experience during their college career. For most Biology majors, this becomes a life-changing experience. This excitement of discovery needs to be cultivated and rewarded. One of my aspirations at UT Tyler has been to provide these opportunities for students to help them reach their goals.
My job is to help students develop the background and the tools to examine the historical and cultural issues present in the works of art we study, and then to take those skills and apply them to the world around them. Sometimes this journey takes us around the world and sometimes down the highway to a museum. In the end, I will have succeeded when my students understand that the world is much bigger than they imagined and that they have all they need to walk fearlessly into it and to make their own contribution.
Though a senior member of the English department, I am especially interested in and committed to teaching lower division courses. In these classes I endeavor to make sure students leave every session feeling that our work on literary texts has put them in contact with real people and real life questions, that it has triggered their imaginations and built their intellectual confidence.
The future for all of us may depend on their abilities to think, to find solutions, to be creative, to challenge the status quo. To be their teacher is a staggering responsibility and deserves nothing less than everything I have. My motto, do whatever it takes.
"Never forget what it was like to be an undergraduate," is something I promised myself early in my career, and it has remained a part of my teaching philosophy to this day. A good instructor will always be compassionate and caring, and I strive to bring those virtues into the lecture hall or laboratory every time I enter. I "set the bar high" to encourage my students to reach expectations that will help them succeed and excel and I believe in "relentless preparation" for each teaching encounter.