The links to the left lead to my thoughts on liberal arts education, the courses I have taught and developed, and my experiences with e-learning.


Philosophy of Teaching & Learning

I believe that best learning, by students and professionals, occurs when we venture to trust ourselves and take risks to engage with others and explore learning opportunities outside our own "comfort zone" - expanding beyond familiar behaviors, beliefs, surroundings, and culture.

My teaching and learning philosophy is significantly influenced by my international upbringing. I was born in Tanzania, East Africa, to Finnish parents and later lived in an Indian and African community in London, England, before moving to my native Finland. In grades 5-12, I attended Tampere Teaching and Training School, a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) school affiliated with University of Tampere in Tampere, Finland, which strives to help students grow to be responsible global citizens, with a strong understanding of other cultures.

While I often share about my culture and life experiences, my students and colleagues also teach me, and one another, about their own lives and expertise. By sharing ideas, asking questions, and stretching our imagination, we - together - begin to discover and appreciate other worlds and perspectives outside our own.