The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them. -Sir William Lawrence Bragg, Nobel Laureate in Physics
Many of the most meaningful mentors in my life have been teachers. A high school chemistry and biology teacher, an elementary principal, and an assistant professor of pediatrics comprise my immediate family; as a result, I have been exposed to the importance and impact of education on students of all ages throughout my life. I am drawn to academia and, in particular, to teaching at a predominantly undergraduate institution, because I want to encourage and inspire the next generation of leaders, workers, and thinkers as well as continue to learn through teaching others. In addition, I view teaching as a service – a way to give back to society and to make a difference in the lives of individual students, the next generation of leaders. My goal as an educator is to foster an enthusiasm, or at the least, a respect for the scientific endeavor and for chemistry and biochemistry in particular through the lecture classroom, laboratory courses, and a vibrant undergraduate research group.