I have a Bachelor's degree in molecular biology with a minor in chemistry and a Master's degree in biology. I also possess a lifetime Community College teaching credential with 15+ years of teaching biology and chemistry, including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Most of my experience in biology has been to teach lecture and laboratory in the areas of physiology, microbiology, genetics, pathology, and anatomy. I have 5+ years of experience teaching at the high school level in biology and chemistry. I have also home-schooled my three children with very different learning styles from K - 6th grade and have participated as science instructor at two Cooperative Middle schools. My teaching effectiveness both in the classroom and as a tutor has been to discover the student's individual natural learning style(s), to condense complicated scientific concepts into building blocks, and guide the student through discovery and application of those concepts. Problem areas are mastered in inorganic chemistry with repetition of mathematical subject based concepts; in organic chemistry by key understanding of generic reaction mechanisms that apply to whole sets of chemical reactions; in biochemistry by comprehending how chemical reactions in the cell relate to cell function; in genetics by accessing how DNA both modifies and is modified by transcription and translation, and in physiology how cells are affected at the tissue level, organ level, organ system level, and finally at the organism level. When a student comprehends the rudiments of cell chemistry, homeostasis and disease are greatly simplified. For instance, innumerable symptoms of disease may be tied to single genetic defect that triggers a single biochemical pathway. My simplifying approach to microbiology is to categorize the viruses, bacteria, fungi,and eukaryotic pathogens according to flowcharts and tables based on their chemical and morphological properties. These flowcharts and tables simplify pathogens in groups, thus explaining both pathology and antibiotic effectiveness.
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