I maintain a strong focus on teaching. In elementary school and middle school my dream was to teach. As a child I collected grade books, assigned homework, created worksheets, and even forced my younger sister and neighbors to take the pseudo-classes I taught. My parents—noticing and understanding my seriousness—purchased a large chalkboard and cork board for my bedroom walls. Fast-forward and I still enjoy teaching, an integral part of being an effective professor. Pre-college, I worked as a paraprofessional and tutor at my religious school. I coordinated activities for individual special-needs students and developed fun learning techniques. I also worked one-on-one with two separate students with disabilities. As I mentored both students, I became emotionally invested in their progress. When they became more accomplished, I was excited that I could motivate others to work toward their goals. I learned from my students anything can be accomplished with perseverance and when it is broken down into bite-size pieces.
Currently I am teaching the course PS3115 - Introduction to the Policy Process. My teaching has been recognized with the department’s Francis R. Aumann Award for Distinguished Teaching 2018-2019. The Summer 2019 semester was my fourth semester teaching the politics behind public policy course.
Prior to teaching I served as a teaching assistant (TA) for a wide variety of courses in political science at Ohio State, including Introduction to American Politics, the U.S. Congress, and the Public Policy Process.