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 and 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 quote / fun fact / role model
I don't have one.