I developed the following teaching philosophy as an assistant professor and it still guides my teaching: Education is a  partnership between student and teacher, in which the aim is to enhance life within our environments. My goal as an educator is to challenge students to strive beyond their expectations, thus empowering them with confidence in their abilities to thrive in our multi-faceted society. Education provides a foundation for students to develop a sense of humanity, sensitivity, and accountability towards individuals and the environment in which they live. For me, this goal is attained by focusing my teaching on the following: 1) preparation for the industry and 2) appreciation of diversity among humans.