STAFF & FACULTY DIRECTORY PROFILE
Religious Studies Teacher
Phone: (510) 577-9100
Started at O'Dowd:
MA Philosophy, The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union
BA History and Minor in Journalism, UC Berkeley
Why I Teach:
I teach because I hope to introduce students to new ideas, helping them to attain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Most powerful teaching technique:
Utilizing examples and analogies in class to demonstrate the relevance to modern life.
Why are the subjects you teach important?:
I would like students to understand that the diversity of our world is not simply a reality, something to be navigated, but is a strength to be harnessed. I believe that inter-religious literacy and meaningful reflection on the moral and ethical questions of our day is valuable for personal growth, and necessary if we wish to live as responsible global citizens.
"Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently." -Maya Angelou
Avocados are a stone fruit.
Recommended visual media:
Parts Unknown, The Jury, The Diplomat
On the Nature of Things (Lucretius), Mumbo Jumbo (Ishmael Reed), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Philip K. Dick), Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut), The Odyssey (Homer), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt), A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation (Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez)
Hobbies or outside interests:
Ultimate Frisbee, Running, Camping, Open Mic Comedy-Poetry