Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy; Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, OTA Program
I teach so my students can learn, not to prove to them that they didn’t. My ultimate goal is to foster student growth and success. Personal responsibility is an important key to success, therefore I have high expectations for students to be responsible. Foundational skills of professionalism are taught and refined throughout my courses. I believe students have different learning styles, and therefore I utilize different teaching styles so everyone has an opportunity to learn and to demonstrate their knowledge. Experiential learning is my mainstay: I believe students learn best when they can learn by doing.
Not only am I passionate about teaching, but I am also passionate about the profession of occupational therapy (OT). I am a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as well as the NY State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA). I jump at any opportunity I get to talk about OT, whether to individuals or groups. Besides teaching full time, I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) working in home health care. Not only is it important to stay on top of my skills so I can be prepared to teach, but I also feel it is important to advocate and represent the field positively by providing excellent care in the community.