Program: Computer Aided Design DraftingEducation/Industry Certifications: Associate of Applied Science degree from Southeast Community CollegeHas taught at SCC since: 2005Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: Five
Describe your teaching philosophy.My teaching philosophy resembles a lighthouse. As my mother would say in her parenting style, “I am like a lighthouse” and give students just enough light to see the path. Ultimately it is up to the student to find the solution. I find creative ways to get students to think independently and critically. Using engaging activities and hands-on, project-based learning also helps students in their knowledge, understanding, and skills.Why did you decide to teach at a community college?I believe in SCC. Community colleges do a great job of giving students relevant skills to succeed in their program of interest.What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?Prospective students can expect to be in a program that is limitless. Everything that is produced has to be designed. The CADD program takes a holistic approach to the design process, so our students can go out and design anything from super structures to nanorobots.What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?I am blessed to have a diverse background in industry, as well as a family full of engineers. I am in close contact with my industry colleagues and attend user groups and conferences to keep current, so I am able to share new technologies with students and keep curriculum up to date.What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?My advice is to work hard. It may be challenging at times, but the rewards are worth it.What do you enjoy most about working with students?My favorite projects are the projects when students from multiple programs come together to solve a problem. I enjoy acting as a coach in their problem-solving/design process.What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?SCC has some of the best students, faculty and staff. The best part about teaching at SCC is the people.What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?My proudest moments are when past students come back to visit, call or email about their careers after graduation to talk about the projects they are working on and share how successful they have become. I couldn’t be more proud of CADD graduates. They are designing products and processes to make human experiences better.What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, hiking, biking, and spending time with my family.What would students be surprised to know about you?Students may be surprised to know that I wish they would ask more questions.