Most of my students describe my enthusiasm as a major factor in how I teach. I love my subject, and I relish getting students to pause and think. I would describe my teaching style as an energetic conversation during which I ask more questions than I answer. Guiding students to find the answers themselves is the best way to have them stick in their minds.
When I was struggling in my early college years, my father counselled me to find what I want to “do,” not what I want to “be.” Titles like engineer or scientist sounded like a cool thing to be, but with my extroverted personality, those paths would not satisfy me on a daily basis. Teaching was the ideal profession for me, because I get to enjoy the science I love and actively work with young people every day.
I have always tried to get to know people for who they are over time and not hold on to first impressions. I tend to ask lots of questions when I am getting to know someone because I am genuinely interested in others. At the same time, I strive to present my true self in all my interactions.