Institution: Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ
Disciplines: Psychology and Sociology
Why I teach: Teaching encapsulates so many things I value: lifelong learning, social justice, paying it forward, positive change, and more. Teaching at a community college, especially at a Hispanic Serving and Minority Serving Institution, enables me to serve populations that are disproportionately marginalized. I love to learn, and when students are inspired to learn because of an experience that happened in class, I’m reminded of the potential and goodness that exists in societies. Teaching is my way to bring light and hope into the world.
Why I’m excited to receive the conference scholarship: I’m excited to attend the conference because four former students will be presenting with me! In an effort to expose students to research and professional presentations, I invite students to attend and present at conferences with me. This year, my research on mastery learning in statistics classes includes undergraduate students, and the presentation was accepted for the NISOD conference. Professionally, I’m excited to network with other educators and collect ideas that can benefit students in and out of the classroom.