|Teaching and outreach are just as important as performing research; science cannot continue onward without a new generation of scientists, nor can it exist without an educated general population that knows enough about science to recognize its importance and support it. Furthermore, I enjoy teaching and have taught in many contexts over the years.||
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Earth Science 101, Lab Coordinator and Instructor (Boston University) - I designed new labs, updated old ones, and taught them in addition to writing and grading exams.
Honors 135, Physics of the Fascinating (University of Michigan) - I designed and taught a course for Honors Freshmen intended to make physics more accessible by covering the physics of common occurrences, like music and sports. The course included labs and field trips to enhance the students' experience. Syllabus available here.
English tutoring (University of Turku; Turku, Finland)
Helped Finnish and exchange students in Finland work on their spoken and written academic English through individual and group tutoring.
GLACIER Fellow (Boston University NSF GK12 grant) - I took classes on effective middle school teaching at BU, then worked with a 5th-8th grade science teacher at the St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton, MA. Our main objectives were to bring contemporary science into his classroom and to make the curriculum more inquiry-based and sustainability-focused. I also occasionally substitute taught when a science teacher was absent. As part of this partnership, I maintained a teaching blog to share the content we generated.
TOPS (Teaching Opportunities for Physics Students) Student Teacher (MIT) - During the program, I received training from professional teachers then designed and taught my own lessons.
Assistant English Teacher, Kawase Middle School, Shiga Prefecture, Japan - While studying in rural Japan, I volunteered at a local middle school, helping an English teacher instruct her English class and the English club.
Planetarium Operator, University of Michigan Natural History Museum - My first job, I designed and gave planetarium shows on astronomy and planetary geology to classes (Kindergarten through college) and the general public.
I visit middle school science classrooms and use my research in Antarctica as a way to excite them about science, and especially climate change. Over the two years I have been doing this research, I have performed physical and virtual visits in English and Finnish, reaching over 1000 students at 12 schools in 3 states and Finland.
This connection with the students continued through my two Antarctic field seasons. Hundreds of students mailed physical letters, and I responded virtually on my research blog. The blog went from 2,000 to 16,000 views during my 2 years as blogger.