I was fortunate to have numerous influential and encouraging teachers growing up. I try to pay this forward by communicating a passion and enthusiasm for knowledge, not just knowledge itself. My teaching philosophy is built around the following pillars.
Pillar 1: "What I cannot create, I do not understand." -- Richard Feynman.
Pillar 2: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Pillar 3: "If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree..." -- (Attributed to) Albert Einstein.
While I like to avoid jargon, I like most ideas from active learning, constructivism, and Socratic teaching. I'm influenced by Scott Aaronson's teaching statement, in particular about modernizing the curriculum, raising the ceiling, and rewarding intellectual honesty.
Please read my teaching philosophy for a deeper explanation of these pillars, and see below for my teaching experience, sample evaluations, and other professional development.