Professor of Biology
My professional life is dedicated to helping students develop an understanding of biology and scientific research with the goal of promoting scientific literacy and confidence. Using my lab-bench research experience and a life-long focus on understanding pathophysiology, I strive to have students develop a personal relationship with learning biology.
Part of my role at Housatonic Community College is supporting students as they engage in the college learning experience. Our science courses have to be engaging and challenging, producing understanding and excitement as well as knowledge. Our student support has to be timely, encouraging as well as realistic. Students need to be able to envision their future and a big part of that is future careers. Some students will continue their studies in the sciences at universities with the goal of being a research scientist, physician, nutritionist, nurse or science teacher. Other students will decide to complete a community college degree leading to employment in a health career. Some students decide on an educational path and career in an area other than science. I have had an active role in developing several new career-focused majors that can culminate in employment directly after the Associate’s Degree or completion of a shorter continuing education program. Students can use their knowledge gained from our programs and enjoyment of science to help our community in careers as medical assistants, surgical technologists, and now ophthalmic assistants. These positions not only pay a living wage they also serve as the gateway to more education and career possibilities.
Positions and Honors
Other Experience and Professional Memberships
Member, National Association of Biology Teachers
Member, CT Association of Biology Teachers
New England Biology Association of Two Year Colleges MEBATYC Conversations 2018
Career Coach Advanced Training 2017
Scientific Teaching Forum at Southern Connecticut State University 2016