- American Educational Research Association
- National Council for the Social Studies
- National Academic Advising Association
I see teaching as an integral part of academic life on a college campus. As a teacher, part of my goal is to empower students to develop skills that will make them successful in their lives. Part of teaching is creating an environment where all voices are valued. A successful teaching environment that can lead students to creating an attitude where ethical methods are undertaken to provide for positive social change and caring within the community. A teacher’s role involves understanding, both themselves and others, creating a supportive environment in which to grow academically and personally and maintaining a view on life that will grow and deepen as time passes.
- Teachers must demonstrate trustworthiness and loyalty to themselves and their constituents.
- Teachers must promote an environment that accommodates the diversity of their student population. Hopefully students will see their classes and coursework as positive sessions that promotes growth and development for both parties involved.
- Teachers must have the ability to tailor their interactions with students to each one’s unique and distinct situation. A good teacher assists students with plotting a course and informs them of the consequences of choices.
- Teachers must learn from the past, be sincere in their dealings with students, be able to encounter each student “where they are” and understand their own personal capabilities and limitations (saying ‘I don’t know’ when appropriate) and finally, learn different directions that are available in a variety of situations.
- Teachers must be prepared with a strategic plan of action for each student that they encounter. This requires discipline, keeping current, and being adaptable to diverse situations.
I see teachers as being a positive influence in all aspects of encounters with students, staff and faculty on a daily basis. Remembering the past, connecting it to the present and directing that toward the future is the interconnection of the variety of my teaching and learning experiences.
My teaching capabilities include…
PAS 1000 - Planning for Academic Succss
First Year Experience Seminar
American History II
Bending the Curriculum: Learning about Transgender People through Film
Natalie Keefer, Aimee Alexander-Shea
Certificate of Appreciation for Leadership & Service as Chair of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Allies Concerns Commission
Outstanding Faculty Advisor
Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award
Adminstrative Award for LGBTQ Inclusion