“Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.”
George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
My teaching philosophy is informed by my experiences teaching 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.
“Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.”