Philosophy: My teaching is learner-centered, and I ask learners to actively participate in the learning process. I work hard to create an inclusive and participatory environment while holding students to a high standard of critical thinking and problem solving. I focus on providing timely, frequent feedback intended to nurture a growth mindset: praising effort while encouraging improvement. With challenging assignments I use a scaffolding approach, where support is high at first and gradually reduced as students grow in confidence. When teaching practical skills or problem solving, my lessons are hands-on with worked-through demonstrations. In all classes I incorporate peer-to-peer interaction in the form of regular group discussion and problem solving. Finally, I strive to inject humor and my enthusiasm for the material into my teaching. I use these practices because pedagogical research shows that they are highly effective and increase equity in learning outcomes. I feel strongly that using data to inform practice is essential for continued improvement.