M.S., Geography; University of Georgia, 2008
B.S., Social Sciences, concentration Sustainability; California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, 2003
I joined Saddleback College in January, 2010, and teach at multiple colleges in southern California. The courses I teach or have taught include Physical Geography lecture and laboratory, Cultural Geography, Honors Physical Geography, and World Regional Geography.
I enjoy teaching and have always wanted to be a teacher. I feel geography is an important discipline for students to learn about characteristics of, and interactions between humans and the environment. As a teacher I also love hearing about students goals and aspirations. I feel the classroom is somewhere that students can open their minds to new ideas, become critical thinkers, and work on general ways to improve their job skills.
Prior to joining Saddleback College, I worked as an environmental consultant for a company that served industrial and governmental clients in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties. I am a California native, but have done work and/or studying and traveling in the following locations: Thailand, Laos, Germany, Mexico, the Caribbean, France, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, the UK, Hawaii and multiple other states within the U.S. Obviously traveling is fun for me, but even before I was a teacher I was taking pictures for "my students" even though I didn't have any at the time. I look forward to continuing to travel when I can, and more importantly continuing my pursuit of teaching by constantly making changes to my courses every semester.
At the time of this writting, I use Blackboard (an online tool) for all courses so students can access documents such as study guides, links to help them study for map quizzes, and for the purpose of keeping students updated with the progress of their grades throughout the semester. Depending on the course, students usually do in-class activities and get a chance to get outside to practice active learning or simply to see some concepts covered in lecture.
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Research interests include: all aspects of human-environment interactions, soils, sustainable agriculture (especially in California), salinization, water rights, groundwater contamination, the globalization of agriculture, distribution of and characteristics of world languages, distribution of and characteristics of world religions, demography (study of population), the global trade of e-waste, spatial distributions and analyses of human or physical variables using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or even on a printed map, and much more---I'm a geographer, and we are interested in studying patterns and processes that occur on Earth; this is a very diverse discipline! In my opinion, this is the best discipline for getting a broad understanding of global issues, and geography courses compliment many different degrees.