I am a native of Switzerland and hold a BS and MS in history and philosophy of science (minors in biochemistry and microbiology) from the University of Bern in Switzerland. I studied HPS because it allowed me to unite my two interests: the "how" of philosophy and the "what" of science. During my studies, I helped other university students preparing for chemistry and biochemistry exams as well as reviewing seminar papers in philosophy. After my studies, I taught secondary school in Switzerland before following my husband to Pittsburgh.
Apart from my background in philosophy and the sciences, I am a native German speaker, and studied French for eight years as part of the Swiss secondary school curriculum. I have experience in teaching both German and French at the high school level.
What I love most about teaching is taking complex ideas and breaking them down into their simple parts. I find the same satisfaction whether I am working with a student to understand the Krebs cycle, to penetrate a difficult paper in philosophy, or to grasp the declension of nouns. I believe that repetition is key, but I don't forget to make the subject fun and interesting.
I am a generally fun, positive, and patient person and have the talent to make anybody feel comfortable.
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