7 years experience as a STEM tutor and academic mentor.
My career as a STEM educator began at Bellevue College's Academic Success Center as a Running Start high school student. At BC, I was captivated by the rich and pervasive order that math and science ascribed to the universe. I transferred to the University of Washington and was admitted to the highly competitive Electrical Engineering program, eager to deepen my participation in the world of STEM.
Despite the program's prestige and rigor, I encountered coursework and instruction that deadened my enthusiasm, motivation, and curiosity. Examining this unforeseen disappointment, I recognized a general apathy among both peers and instructors. We didn't get to do our work, we had to do it. Comparing this to the academic experiences of my own tutoring students, I found striking similarities; we all were beholden to sterile, institutionalized coursework that reduced scientific inquiry to a rote, decontextualized procedure. Although I was intrigued by STEM, I knew this department could not answer the questions I was asking.
Scientific inquiry can illuminate the mind of a student when we inquire with the student in mind.
I bring a distinctive acumen for teaching and learning to my work with youth.
Inspired by this revelation, I began to critically examine the role of education and learning in society. This took me to the Education, Communities, and Organizations (ECO) major which afforded me critical new perspectives in theories of learning, human development, equity studies, organizational theory, and community-based research and practice. I am now pursuing an M.Ed. in Learning Sciences and Human Development and study the ethical and political dimensions of STEM learning. With expertise in the sociocultural theories of learning and human development in our society, I bring a distinctive acumen for teaching and learning to my work with youth.