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My teaching philosophy is informed by my experiences working with marginalized youth in the United States and abroad, serving as a counselor of teenaged foster youth, and teaching in multidisciplinary university settings. In the classroom, I see my role as a facilitator engaged in reciprocal learning with my students. I seek to foster an atmosphere in which exploration, questioning, mutual respect, dialogue and critical self-awareness is cultivated.


My pedagogy stems from sensitivity to my students’ interests and life-circumstances, knowing that students engage with the subject-at-hand by looking through the lenses of their past and present life experiences. My ultimate goal is to teach my students to think critically about multiple viewpoints as they discover who they are, where they stand, and what they wish to uniquely contribute to the world.

“Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.”

George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

Student Reflections

'I made a point of attending all the readings, it was my only class on Monday, so a good way to well start the week! During the lecture, it was difficult for me to speak in front of the other, because of my shyness and probably the shame of my English accent and level compared to the other native speakers. At the end of the semester, I was more confident, even if my English was not perfect, and it is a success for me!'

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