I am extremely passionate about teaching, advising, and the relationships that I develop with my students. The student-instructor relationship is vital to the success of students in achieving the course goals. My approach to teaching has always focused on two guiding principles: 1) the classroom should be a place where students have experiences they cannot have outside of class, and 2) instructors should teach students to take responsibility for their learning. When these two goals are achieved, students are more engaged, have a better relationship with the teacher and their peers, recognize the time they need to devote to be successful, and are better prepared for life-long learning. Since learning takes place inside and outside of the classroom, I use tools to make the most of the time I have with the students. I want every student in my class to be successful, and with their committment, I will work hard to help them exceed my high expectations.