What did you do as a trainee to prepare for your current career?
My undergraduate and graduate education has provided a strong foundation of content knowledge in biological and chemical science. Following completion of my PhD at the University of Chicago, I received substantial pedagogy training and experience through the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.
What are the typical things your job entails each day?
Teaching requires careful development and continuous modifications to the syllabus for each content area. Developing, implementing, and assessing the success of meaningful lessons are aspects of the daily activities of teaching.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Unquestionably, the most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing young students’ eyes light up as they comprehend science concepts. In secondary education, Biology and Chemistry (and Physics) are required courses, so many students are initially reluctant or apprehensive about tackling some of the challenging concepts. You see the student(s) struggle, often get frustrated, and finally the glow of pride when they grasp the given topic. There is rapid and observable cognitive growth at this level.
Interview courtesy of the University of Chicago.