My approach to teaching is to work with students to help them understand the underlying concepts that can be confusing. Working one-on-one or in small group settings is ideal for digesting complex ideas and for sharing interpretations. Often I find it to be beneficial to all when groups work together to solve a problem. Thus, as an educator, I like to work with my students to find weak spots and to strengthen them in that area, one step at a time.
I have a a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Montana and a Doctor in Philosophy in chemistry. My focus has been in the study of bioanalytical chemistry. I have formally studied chemistry (extensively), mathematics through Calculus 3, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, and various business courses.
I began teaching chemistry as a peer-led workshop leader for general chemistry at the University of Montana in the spring of 2006. Since then I worked as a teaching assistant for chemistry labs and recitations both as an undergraduate and graduate chemistry major for about eight years.
I also have plenty of experience teaching one on one as a teaching assistant for a course that taught students how to use and conduct research on electron microscopes. I am also an active adult leader of a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) troop in which I teach scouts basic life and survival skills in a small group setting.
I am an active member of the BSA organization and often work with scouts and youth. I am also a woodworker and carpenter, by previous trade and current hobby. I love to hike, camp, run, bike and just get into the outdoors.