As a student at Simmons College, I took a variety of science courses to have a broad scope of the field. My course load included genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, calculus, organic and inorganic chemistry, microbiology, physiology, thermodynamics, properties of drug molecules, physics, immunology, conservation biology, zoology, forensic science, and statistics. I graduated with a B.S. in biochemistry. That same year, I went on to study veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow. As a veterinary student, I furthered my knowledge in the areas of anatomy and physiology.
During my sophomore and junior years at Simmons College, I was a teaching assistant for both organic chemistry I and II. During my senior year, I completed an independent research project titled “Gross anatomical findings from the fall 2008 Bonaire moray eel mortalities” with Dr. Rita Peachey PhD advising. I later presented the research at the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society Northeast-1 District Convention in 2009.
Over the summer of 2011, I assisted with the ESY (extended school year) program organized by the school district. The program is in place for students that have learning disabilities on the autism spectrum. I then began working as a substitute teacher and assistant at both elementary and middle schools within the school district. I've worked with students from grades kindergarten through middle school age, as well as students with various learning disabilities. I've greatly enjoyed the experience thus far. Taking information, re-teaching, and explaining it in a variety of formats has been one of the highlights of the experience.
I believe that there is no limit to what we are able to learn. It's a matter of taking the time to invest in person's growth and success. I hope that I can help in the process of learning and be able to present the information in format that is easier to grasp and understand.
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