I firmly believe that university education should go beyond information transfer, by providing a stepping stone toward lifelong learning and personal development. Thus, I strive to convey to my colleagues and students the genuine excitement I feel about scientific research, and generate the same excitement in them, specifically encouraging women and underrepresented minorities. Attending teaching workshops such as the UC Davis Center for Educational Excellence (CEE) workshop “Redefining Teaching: Student-Centered Strategies for Success” and being the co-Instructor of the First Year Seminar “Environmental Stressors in Aquatic Ecosystems” sparked my enthusiasm for developing my teaching methods even further in the future. In addition to classroom teaching, I enjoy being a mentor for graduate and undergraduate students, and make every effort to teach them skills necessary for effective research and personal development, while encouraging creativity and academic honesty.