Teaching, Mentoring, and Belonging

I strive to be an exceptional educator and have been lucky enough to play a role in the education of thousands of individuals, primarily at the University of Kansas, in introductory-level biology courses and advanced courses in systematics and the history and diversity of life. My approach continues to develop both inside and outside of the classroom. Learning is more than traditional lecturing and I look to provide support and opportunities for students to succeed in their academics and life afterwards through out-of-classroom experiences. As a first-generation academic, I was lucky to have exceptional mentorship from teaching assistants and senior researchers who taught me a great deal through research experiences. I look to provide all, but especially those from under-represented groups, such as first-generation scholars, opportunities to pursue their passions. Please contact me if you are interested in research opportunities. Explore my CV section for up-to-date teaching information.