A dedicated professional, committed to the working with a diverse population of students. Utilizing a resourceful and effective teaching pedagogy that is inclusive and encouraging for all students. Inspiring all students to “struggle with the acquisition of knowledge” because only then can they truly understand the presented concepts. A 20 year veteran teacher that teaches other instructors how to teach at Santa Monica College through seminars, workshops and flex day activities. Also teaches an adjunct professor at various local institutions such as UCLA, College of the Canyons and Pierce College. She is the coordinator of the Chemistry 10 and 9 Programs at Santa Monica College and STEM Coordinator for the Physical Sciences Department. Developer of the Chemistry 9 Course, Everyday Chemistry, for the non-chemistry major, in which all pertinent areas of chemistry are covered including stoichiometry, reactions, nuclear reactivity, and redox reactions. Coordinator of the Chemistry 9 and 10 (Introductory Chemistry) Programs for over 10 years. In addition, she taught high school chemistry for 4 years as well as served as the science department chair of a LAUSD high school in a disadvantaged area.
Collaboration is essential to her teaching style. Teaching experience includes all aspects of introductory, first semester chemistry lecture and laboratory courses. Skilled in curriculum development with special emphasis on creating and presenting course materials. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills which facilitated creative approaches to students with different learning styles. Recently, she has developed a "modified flip method" that has been used to enhance and engage students more effectively regardless of learning modality.
Received: Teacher of the Year Award from Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society 2013 and 2003 at the Student Body of Santa Monica College. The SMC Associated Students Recognition Award for outstanding contribution as a faculty member, and for making a difference in the lives of students and colleagues in 2002. International Teacher of the Year Award in 2005, 2009, and 2010. Margin of Excellent Grant in 2008, 2011 and 2013. The Best Teacher of the Year Award, Mary McCleod Bethune Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community, Best Overall Teacher Award by the Student Body of Crenshaw High School in 2000.
* Masters in Chemistry from Howard University, Washington, D.C. in 1984. * Bachelors in Chemistry from Bishop College, Dallas, TX in 1979. * Participant in the Program of Engineering at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA for High Ability High School Student, summer 1975. * Began college at age of 14 @ Southern University, Shreveport, LA in chemistry and physics.
PUBLICATION: Walker, M.V., and C.J. Weschler, “Water-soluble components of size-fractionated aerosols collected after hours in a modern office building,” Environmental Science Technology, 14, 594-597, 1980. Bell Laboratories, New Jersey