My teaching philosophy is rooted in my own life experiences, and in the knowledge that students similarly draw from their own life experiences when they enter a classroom. My commitment to presenting course material in ways that challenge and motivate student learning requires an understanding of, and demonstrable respect for, intellectual diversity that encourages development of critical thinking capacities that will stand students in good stead for the futures they shape for themselves. Employing different teaching techniques, multimedia presentations, and classroom discussion topics can help students with different strengths engage the material in ways that are most meaningful to them. In all of my teaching, I draw from my own, mixed-method research experiences as a teaching tool. I view my primary role as showing students how to think about research and to guide their efforts to integrate theory and methods in ways that are useful to them beyond the classroom walls and after they graduate.