Science Teacher at STAR Education (Los Angeles, California)
I teach biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering topics to students K-5. Lessons include a brief lecture of the daily topic and a hands on activity which will help students further explore the topics they are discovering. Specific topics that I teach include polymers, chemistry, wildlife adaptations, gravity, the engineering process, package design, movie engineering, and more.
These lessons are created and delivered to allow for creative thinking and exploration to jump start students not only in scientific knowledge, but also in teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, and resilience. My students have such vivid imaginations, thoughtful questions, and bold personalities – I strive to help equip them with mental tools to succeed and highlight their natural abilities.
Wildlife Educator at STAR Eco Station (Culver City, California)
STAR Eco Station is a wildlife rescue and environmental education center that is a home to 200+ exotic wildlife rescued from a plethora of previous living situations. My role is to educate the public and students about our wildlife and bring awareness to many important environmental topics such as the exotic pet trade, poaching, and pollution. We house animals native to places all over the world, so it is a wonderful experience to interact with the wildlife and help others understand just how special biodiversity is and ways we can treat wild animals with more respect. In addition to giving tours, I assist with husbandry tasks, such as meal prep, cleaning, and enrichment, to keep the animals in safe and comfortable living quarters.
Summer Science Instructor at The Children’s Museum (West Hartford, CT)
I was a science instructor for a summer outreach program with The Children’s Museum to bring fun, engaging, and educational science lessons to underprivileged students ages K-3. Each day of the enrichment program, our students got to meet a different animal (such as turtles, lizards, snakes, small mammals, and insects!), interact with a science demonstration (such a liquid nitrogen ice cream, a Van de Graff generator, and bottle rockets), and then do a hands on activity with partners or groups. Students improved their written and oral communication skills, teamwork abilities, and curiosity towards science topics that they might not have otherwise been exposed to.
Teaching Assistant at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
I taught four lab sections of Foundations of Biology for non-majors, including a range of ages from freshman to senior level students. This course covered a broad range of biology topics ranging from human anatomy, cell biology, genetics, botany, and environmental conservation. Each lab included a brief lecture on the topic followed by an intensive hands-on guided activity, such as learning to use microscopes, evolution simulations, eyeball dissections, and forensic mysteries.