Hello! I am a Ph.D.-trained scientist with faculty teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I love teaching students at all levels about the human body. I homeschooled my daughter in elementary school and have conducted mini-workshops for elementary school and high school students. My teaching passions are neuroscience (my research background) and anatomy & physiology. I have been honing my presentation and science-writing skills over 15 years of classroom teaching, public speaking, and online course development. I have taught the following courses: Anatomy & Physiology Human Physiology for pre-medical and pre-dental students Cell Biology & Physiology Neurobiology
I follow two basic principles in my teaching: 1. Big picture -> Details -> Big picture. In other words, give students the big ideas first, then drill down to the appropriate level of detail, and finally re-focus on the big picture. This helps to ensure that students will not lose sight of the context of the information they are being asked to learn. 2. Give plenty of real-life examples. Sprinkled throughout my lectures are "clinical concepts" that explain how real doctors, nurses, and patients deal with issues in a particular body system. We all know that students like to ask, "Why is this important for me to know?" Real-life examples answer that question in a practical way.
Recipient of two federal grants: 1. Teaching grant: Project WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) from the National Institutes of Health. 2. Research grant: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. Nominated for “Teacher of the Year” multiple times. Honor Society Memberships: Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Beta Beta.
Ph.D., Neurobiology & Behavior, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY. M.S., Biology, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI. B.S., Zoology – Molecular Biology – Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, Magna cum laude and with honors.
I am a big believer in innovative teaching methods. For my physiology students, I created a portfolio of 100+ online study videos and a question bank of 100+ case study-based questions. This builds on traditional classroom instruction and invites students to think about biological concepts at a deeper level.