Continuing Faculty (Physical Sciences), Quest University Canada
Be kind to yourself if you stumble.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I work at Canada's first independent, not-for-profit, secular university with a focus on undergraduate education. I teach chemistry courses across the entire stream (organic, general, and inorganic) as well as a chemistry and physics course for non-science students. I also have the pleasure of advising and mentoring students throughout their academic years and conducting research on chemical education and on place-based geochemistry in the Sea-to-Sky corridor.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I decided that I wanted to pursue chemistry in high schoool in Grade 10 when I had an amazing science teacher. I decided that I wanted to pursue education when I taught my first lab course in graduate school. I've been focused on becoming an chemical educator since then.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
I was the commencement speaker, as selected by the graduating class, in my first year as a faculty member. I had always dreamed connecting with students and making a difference in their lives and it was such an honour to be asked to speak to the students on such an important day.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I really love talking about molecules and I love connecting with students. I wake up every day excited to challenge myself and my students to learn in interesting ways to acquire knowledge to make the world a better place.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
To be kind to yourself if you stumble and to challenge yourself to be better everyday.
INSPO / FUN FACT
I don't have one.