I am a math/science tutor working at Vancouver Community College’s Learning Centre. As a tutor at VCC, I’ve enjoyed meeting many different students from around the world and helping them with chemistry, math, accounting, economics and statistics. I also started subbing as a Chemistry 11/12 instructor at VCC over a year ago as I was considering what whether teaching might be a career path to pursue. I found the teaching experience an amazing and rewarding new challenge in my life and something that I’m looking forward to more of. In order to make that dream happen, I am currently taking a class on Media Enhanced Learning as part of the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program offered through VCC. Creating this blog and working with social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter are an important part of the course curriculum. I am excited to learn more about how I can use technology effectively to engage students in learning about chemistry.
I received my bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in chemistry with a Spanish minor and completed my PhD in chemistry at the University of British Columbia. My research focused on new analytical instruments for atmospheric chemistry. What I loved most about my graduate school experience though was working with undergraduate students in the labs as a teaching assistant. My lack of love for instrument research revealed that the university teaching track wasn’t something that I would find motivating or fulfilling day after day so I started at VCC where I knew every day would be filled with helping students achieve their learning goals.
In my spare time, I love to cook, read and spend time outdoors hiking or snowshoeing. I also enjoy exploring Vancouver’s dining and craft beer scene!