Teaching Experience and Pedagogy

My teaching focuses on creating an environment where students are active participants in a supportive space. I craft examples around students interests and utilize the time in the classroom to allow students to discuss and practice the material. This allows time for students to learn from each-other and build community around learning. My style is heavy influenced by my years teaching in informal settings including the Colorado mountains, museum shows, and many observatories. I have also worked with a wide range of students from 6th graders in the Denver area, middle schoolers in inner-city Chicago, and collegiate undergrads. I am constantly seeking out opportunities to teach people of all ages both because I enjoy it, and to improve my craft.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College

AST101: Survey of Astronomy
Full instructor, Online, Fall 2023

AST111: Introduction to Solar System Astronomy
Full instructor, Online, Summer 2023, Fall 2023

Arizona State University

IPI 296/496: Inquiry (Topic: Was Mars ever habitable?)
Full instructor, Spring 2023

University of California Santa Cruz

Introduction to scientific computing (ASTR/EART 119)
Full instructor, Summer 2017
Teaching Assistant, Fall 2015

Northern Arizona University

AST 180L: Introductory astronomy lab
Teaching Assistant, Fall 2012-Spring 2014

City Year Chicago (Americorps)

Corps member, 2010-2011

Jefferson County Outdoor Education Labratory School

High school intern, 2007-2008
Telescope operator, 2008-2009
College intern, 2009-2010