Teaching Philosophy: In Brief

Learning is a kind of science, and the same critical skills that researchers cultivate in the course of their work are those that will best enable students to engage in the course of their learning -- the capacity to make connections across multiple different domains, to delve into novel problems with the ability to pose good-quality questions, to recruit the necessary information to answer them, and, ultimately, to build reliable knowledge structures.

In the service of this idea, I strive to:

1) Reinforce the idea that students are central co-constructors of their own knowledge (not passive recipients of static, established knowledge). 

2) Centralize the many ways in which People of Color are overlooked and sometimes exploited in Psychology and Human Development, among other social sciences, with an emphasis on realizing the contributions of marginalized populations to modern science.

3) Encourage students to think of learning/science in terms of process, not product.

4) Help students become critical consumers of information -- and responsible portrayers of it (build strong foundation in oral and written communication).

Teaching Experience

Fall 2016 | Spring 2017

EDHD (Education, Human Development) 411, Child Growth and Development

Instructor on Record: Dr. Lucas Payne Butler

Course Description: Theoretical approaches to and empirical studies of physical, psychological and social development from conception to puberty. Implications for home, school and community.

Primary Duties: host office hours to attend to student questions, provide feedback on student assignments, craft discussion questions for student activities during class sessions, maintain online grade book

Fall 2017

EDHD (Education, Human Development) 413, Adolescent Development

Instructor on Record: Dr. Ann Battle

Course Description: Adolescent development, including special problems encountered in contemporary culture. Observational component and individual case study.

Primary Duties: host office hours to attend to student questions, provide feedback on student assignments, help craft discussion prompts for student activities during class sessions, maintain online grade book, attend regular meetings with instructor on record to craft student assessments

Guest lectured topics: How to Cite in APA; Foundational Theories in Child Development

Spring 2018

EDHD (Education, Human Development) 201, Learning How to Learn

Instructor on Record: Dr. Patricia Alexander

Course Description: Immerses students in the theoretical and empirical study of learning by engaging them in orchestrated experiences and activities drawn directly from the disciplinary research. Students achieve deep understanding of their own learning, as well as the means of enhancing that learning both in school and out-of-school contexts.

Primary Duties: host office hours to attend to student questions, provide feedback on student assignments, host in-class discussion sessions, monitor student activities, maintain online grad book

Additional Duties: lead three weekly breakout discussion sections (taught independently), design lesson plans for these discussion sections, craft activities that complemented main course work


Graduate Student Mentor, Summer 2019

Step Up Program for Early Research Exposure

The STEP-UP HS program is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney

Diseases of the National Institutes of Health Grant #: 2R25DK078382-12

Primary Duties: host and mentor two high-school aged students who worked in the lab for the summer to garner early research experience prior to college; provided foundational skills development in reading academic papers, recruiting families for research, collecting data, communicating scientific findings, presentation skills (students were required to create presentations representing their summer work to display at the Summer's-end program meeting, marking their completion of the Step Up program)

Teaching Certificates

CIRTL Scientific Teaching Fellow 2020-2021

Certification awarded for participation in the CIRTL & Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching


In recognition of demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education by participating in the CIRTL

Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching