My philosophy for teaching centers on learning by doing. I design curricula to allow students to think creatively about scientific concepts through executing a variety of projects, assignments, and discussions. Science is a process with clear, repeatable steps, yet within each step are opportunities for problem solving and critical thinking. Studying the natural world is an endlessly fascinating topic, as is our role in it as humans. We have many tools to improve our perception and understanding of the world around us, but in some ways we seem more removed from it than ever. Through both formal and informal eductional opportunities I strive to help each person renew their connection to the natural word and to understand that we are not separate entities, but part of a highly complex network of living and non-living things. I have taught formal classes at both the high school (The Webb Schools, Phillips Exter Academy, Sea Education Association) and university levels (University of California Los Angeles, Cornell Universty, Shoals Marine Lab), and taught informally with the Scripps Birch Aquarium, San Diego Oceans Foundation, Wrigley Marine Science Center). I recently started a program developing workshops designed for divers, surfers, and any other group of adults or children interested in learning more about the ocean and marine life called World Below the Waves.
Learn more about my teaching style and experiences here: Educational Activities