Success has myriad meanings, but in an educational environment, a singular focus: students. Practitioners of pedagogy must support a scholar’s timely completion of a rigorous and relevant degree in preparation for a lifetime of anticipated achievement. The anonymous quote “success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do,” defines this dynamic.
Believing education should create community and not competition, I encourage students to compete with themselves, not each other. My classrooms host lively conversations that bridge the gap between theory and practice. I leverage technology to increase engagement while assigning interactive assessments that provide a platform through which students can address personal or professional issues. Whenever possible, I invite guest lecturers or coordinate field trips to contextualize comprehension. A strong supporter of student scholarship, I involve students in relevant research opportunities.
As an educator who has taught in underserved areas and overseas, I am adept at working in cross-cultural educational environments. Committed to my students’ confidence, I make myself available for advising; concerned with their comfort in class, I combine learning with laughter to always encourage them to take ownership of their educational experience.