My day job keeps me in the scientific trenches, investigating the underlying biology and psychology of nicotine addiction. Deep down I am just a science nerd that likes to talk about and explore science. I find teaching and tutoring extremely rewarding because it allows me to share my passion of science and spread the knowledge about how science envelops and shapes ones’ world.
I have taught and tutored at a variety of ages, skill levels, and contexts. In 2006, I provided one-on-one tutoring to students (ages 12-18) at the John Serbu Youth Center, a youth detention center in Eugene, Oregon. Many of these students left formal schooling as early as second grade and my challenge was to provide stability, mentorship, and discipline required for these students to begin to reengage in educational experiences. From 2010 to 2012, I was a teaching assistant for a general biology course at the University of Southern California (USC). I used my teaching experience at USC in planning and teaching my own successful Introductory Biology course for the accelerated summer session at Albuquerque Academy, a private coeducational high school. Additionally, I have personally tackled a range of courses from genetics to organic chemistry to psychology, which provides me a strong base of expertise required to tutor students on a variety of topics.
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