Higher education is helping train people to think critically, act responsibly, and make informed decisions that not only improve their lives and opportunities, but the lives and opportunities of the people with whom they engage. As such, I hold the principles of academic achievement very seriously. I also feel a strong need to make the educational experience enjoyable and interesting to the student. I seek this goal by showing my own compassion for the subject matter being taught and by relating the coursework to many of the students’ own experiences or day-to-day encounters. When students are done taking my classes, I hope not only will they have learned more about the world around them, but that they will start to ask new questions, educate themselves when they don’t know the answers, and have learned the tools necessary to further explore these new queries.