My definition of success is doing your personal best to improve and achieving a goal you had to work hard to accomplish. If a C student gets a B in my class but worked extremely hard to get that B, I would define that as success. As a coach and a teacher, I focus on a growth mindset. My definition of failure is complacency.
My favorite unit to teach in AP World History is history from 600 CE to 1450 CE. The reason I favor this unit is because many key events occur within that era—like the rise of the Islamic Empires and African Kingdoms, as well as the Indian Ocean Trade—that most students would not learn in a more Eurocentric-based classroom. Many have had a lasting impact on history and contribute to the way the world is today. Our students need to understand how different the world was.
I enjoy the collaborative and welcoming nature of the faculty here. Everyone is willing to share and work together to solve problems, regardless of what department they are in. The quality I enjoy most in our students is their curiosity and openness. They aren’t afraid to ask questions and speak out about events with which they disagree or agree.