I have had the opportunity to teach in several environments, varying from designing my own course for undergraduates to teaching rising 9th graders at North Carolina School of Science and Math’s “Step up to STEM” summer camp. I have enjoyed working as a Teaching Assistant for three years in Duke’s Bio 202: Genetics and Evolution with a flipped format, which has given me the opportunity for ample one-on-one time with students and shaped my development and choice in style of teaching. I have put that practice to use in my Bass course “Methods in Computational Biology & Genomics” which I taught in the fall of 2017.
In the fall semester of 2014 fellow graduate student Michael Rosario and I earned an IID Data Expedition grant in which we designed and led a mini-project in a course of our choosing, Biology of Motion. This was a brief but intensive week-long instruction period within an existing course that allowed us to instruct students on both the large scale of project design and conception as well as the small scale of implementation.
I have been fortunate enough to be asked to guest lecture in several courses, both at Duke and at nearby Durham Tech. These experiences have shown me the difficulty of preparing and executing a full lesson plan with affiliated lab but also the many possible rewards of education.