B.A., Northeastern University, 1986
M.S., Rutgers University, 1995
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1998
I want my students to come away from my classes with increased ability to understand, evaluate and interconnect complex biological concepts. By building analytical, written and oral skills, I help students obtain the confidence to learn new material. This material is essential for understanding the basis for life on the planet and the multiple roles science plays in our society. My goal is to lay the groundwork for life-long learning while preparing students for careers they desire.
My teaching philosophy embraces the concept that students learn by working through material and overcoming conceptual obstacles. As a teacher my primary responsibility is to lead the student to a place where they can obtain insight and depth of knowledge. When students actively work towards learning rather than memorize rote lists of information, they enhance their ability to think critically and increase their opportunities for future education.