Instructor, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University  

GTA, Department of Computer Science, University of Central Florida 

Teaching Philosophy

Providing Constructive Feedback. I believe encouraging students and helping them understand their strengths is important. At the same time, it is important to provide them feedback to improve their work. I teach my students that communication is an important factor and provide them with ways to reach out to me. For instance, I set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound) goals with each of my mentees each week to make sure they know what their goals are and that they are attainable. As a result, my mentees value our relationship because even though I give them hard feedback, they know that I am there to support them:

We built a trusting relationship where communication was key and straightforward. We worked together on most tasks, and she helped me whenever I needed assistance. She is very reliable and accessible and I am very grateful to have worked with her.

Active and Engaged Learning Experience. The purpose of education is not only knowledge learning and content mastery, but also developing students’ individual fulfillment, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. I believe learning occurs by interacting with new materials with more engagement. Having passive classes where professors only write on a board explaining the subject in a purely scientific way does not work for all students. Since my future students will most likely be Gen-Z students, who are more connected and social compared to previous generations, then it will be important to adapt methods that work for them. Similar to how I mentor my undergrads in research, I would engage students in my class by asking them questions and facilitating group discussions. I desire for students to be more open-minded, to be willing to collaborate with one another on projects, and to demonstrate an appreciation for the subject they are learning. To make sure that students are receiving the concepts, acquiring their attention is important. My goal is to make my students not only interested in the subjects, but also make them more interested in lifetime learning. I would like to make the learning experiences for students internalized so they can guide the learner’s attitudes, opinions, and behavior in the future.