"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela
I became a teacher because I wanted to make a difference – certainly a cliché, and definitely the truth! Throughout my career, I have started each course in a similar manner - I tell students that my objective is for them to never look at the world the same way! My goal is for students to truly see, hear, smell and feel the world around them. Whether it be geography, history or law classes; this criterion is foundational. By providing a varied learning environment including authentic learning experiences outside of the classroom, as well as acquiring the necessary tools of geographers, students develop critical thinking skills; problem solving abilities and empathy for others. I work diligently to increase students’ level of engagement and geographic knowledge as well as deepen their awareness of the interconnected and interdependent relationships between humans and the environment. In the 21st Century, people must have geographic literacy skills to enable them to make personal, professional and societal decisions. The skills learned in my classes will be foundational for their lives as responsible global citizens in the 21st Century.