I have had several opportunities in geographic education, initially by teaching a bi-weekly class as a supplemental instructor to World Regional Geography in the fall 2010. I was also awarded one of five departmental TA’s, in the spring of 2011, becoming adept at grading for a class of over one hundred students. These positions prepared me in their variety and presentation to develop my own World Regional Geography course that I taught at Texas Christian University during the 2012 academic year. Here I employed my appreciation for traditional and contemporary geographic themes, providing a course rooted in the history of place, with perspective on the production and location of its modern culture landscape. I also taught Topical Studies through facilitating a senior geography major with developing and presenting a research project at the 2012 AAG annual meeting.
As I embarked on my first year of teaching World Regional Geography, I found myself night after night, spending hours looking for news stories or video clicks of real world events that correlated to the geography concepts I was teaching. I love to bring in the real world into my classroom and having discussion about the hard reality and the joyous accomplishments of people around the world.
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While working on my undergraduate degree at TCU, I discovered my passion for Geography and became an eager scholastic performer. In contrast to my classical geography studies at TCU, my graduate studies at CSULB entailed strong traditions in Social Geography and Qualitative Research. The differing educational experience from traditional to contemporary topics was a superlative foundation to develop a broad understanding of the discipline.
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