Chicago | Assistant Professor,
Department of Counseling and Integrated Programs |
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) (On-ground Modality)
My philosophy of education is that learning occurs best when students are able to construct meaning to the knowledge they are given. In other words, students must actively engage in the learning process by critically dissecting the information that they are getting in their training. I believe that students, when given the right atmosphere and environment, can attain knowledge that can influence and shape the communities in which they come from.
My role as an educator is to invoke such curiosity in the students to a point where they continue their quest for knowledge even when they have satisfied their academic requirements. Nelson Mandela once said that education is “the most powerful weapon that one can use to change the world”. This view of education is fundamental to my philosophy of teaching as it allows me to construct knowledge in a manner that provides students with tools for life, not just tools for their career.
I believe that the best learning occurs when students have the ability to co-construct knowledge and shape their understanding of the world based on their experiences and those of their peers. It is my belief that counselors-in-training should have an awareness of sociocultural factors and how they may impact client treatment. My goal for students at Adler is to ensure that once the students graduate and leave for their respective positions, their learning does not end, but continues to develop as a result of the tools they have attained.