Penn State University
- GEOG 010: Introduction to Physical Geography (2x)
- GEOG 160: Mapping Our Changing World
- GEOG 333: Human Dimensions of Natural Hazards
- GEOG 010: Introduction to Physical Geography
- GEOG 020: Introduction to Human Geography (2x)
In addition to teaching as both a Teaching Assistant and Course Instructor, at Penn State I also served as Assistant Undergraduate Advisor for one semester, while our regular advisor was on leave. This position involved helping current and prospective undergraduate geography majors and minors with course scheduling, program-planning, and developing career goals.
I worked for seven years at this nonprofit organization in California. During that time, I served in several positions, including as a Field Coordinator, responsible for recruiting, contracting with, and training PeopleLink’s national teaching staff. In this capacity, I developed and conducted seminar training exercises for group leaders on how to recruit volunteer host families, teach conversational English, and coordinate field trips for visiting international students. I also supervised and served as an on-call resource for group leaders while student groups were in-country. In my time at PeopleLink, I supervised over 200 group leaders who implemented educational programs for over 3000 international students from Japan, China, France, and Spain.
Redwood Region Motorcycle Training
I have been an avid motorcyclist for ten years. One summer, a friend recruited me to become a Motorcycle Safety Foundation-Certified RiderCoach. Held over a weekend, with 10-20 participants, this course is designed to reduce motorcycle accidents, injuries, and deaths. As a RiderCoach, I delivered classroom modules on basic motorcycle operation, maintenance, and safety. I also described, demonstrated, and coached participants through riding exercises. This was an enjoyable weekend job working with motorcyclists, enjoying the sunshine, and promoting motorcycle safety. I also learned a lot about teaching (see my teaching philosophy).
As an undergraduate student and recently-graduated geography major, I aided a geography department faculty member with grading student papers and long-format essay exams for Social Geography and World Regional Geography classes. I also chaperoned a group of SSU geography students on a 10-day trip to Ecuador.