Approaches to Teaching

Inspired by my time teaching after school programs for elementary students, I believe that a college education should be a transformative experience for a person, whether that individual is a first-generation college student, or someone with a long history of college-educated parents. Sociology, in particular, can share practical and meaningful insights into how our current social systems work for and against all students on the socio-economic spectrum.

In order to prepare myself to teach in an ever diversifying environment, I have pursued training in teaching students from all backgrounds about different, often difficult, topics. I’ve attended, for example, seminars on trauma-informed teaching and dialogue-based discussion techniques. I use these practices along with the skills I’ve picked up analyzing data to create curriculum that, similar to “whole person” medicine, addresses students’ multiple concerns and meets them where they are while completing clearly defined course objectives.

Dream List of Courses I’d Love to Design

Graduate Level: Sociology of Education, Sociology of Families, Sociology of Children and Youth, Statistical Methods, Latinx Education

Undergraduate Level: Race, Poverty, and Schools, Understanding Nonprofit Organizations, Charitable Giving, Sociology of the Latinx Community, Mixed-Methods, Statistical Literacy Beyond Liberal Arts

Example Assignments / Student Work

INFOGRAPHIC: In my Sociology of Education course one of the assignments available for students to select is an infographic. We use insights from the sociological imagination to populate the infographics, complimenting science with the flow and presentation of information.

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