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LAMP- Learning Assistants


Austin Bernard

Austin Bernard

 

Hometown: Gillette, WY

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Austin is currently working as a learning assistant in the PETE 4990-02 course under the guidance of mentor Dr. Tawfik Elshehabi. Austin wanted to become an LA because he loves to teach others and help them learn. Austin also thought that he would be able to incorporate a lot of the active learning spectrum into a lecture class. After graduation, Austin plans to continue his studies as well as science outreach because he feels it is important to keep new students interested in the sciences.

Teaching Philosophy: Austin's philosophy revolves around hands-on experience as this is the way he learns best. Austin wants to keep students engaged throughout a presentation rather than just talking at them and throwing facts at them. Austin believes strongly in active learning. 


Terrin Bond

Terrin Bond

 

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Major: Pre-Pharmacy

Terrin is currently working as a learning assistant in the CHEM 2440 course under the guidance of mentor Dr. Ginka Kubelka. Terrin wanted to become an LA because of his love for organic chemistry and to help students through the struggles he faced in organic chemistry. By implementing more active learning techniques, Terrin hopes that he can make the weed-out course for many students become a place of academic growth. Terrin plans to go to pharmacy school next fall and hopefully become a clinical pharmacist, giving Terrin an opportunity for life-long learning and a voice in healthcare. 

Teaching Philosophy:  Terrin's teaching philosophy focuses on student growth not just in the class at hand, but in the learning process throughout our lives. Terrin believes in the importance of education based upon application and critical thinking not on memorization and regurgitation. 


Clara Bouley

Clara Bouley

 

Hometown: Sheridan, WY

Major: Food Science & Human Nutrition

Clara, starting next semester, will be working as a learning assistant in the MOLB 4100 course under the guidance of mentor Dr. Pamela Langer. Clara wanted to become an LA to gain experience in implementing active learning and aiding students in understanding complex topics. Clara plans to attend medical school following the completion of her master's.

Teaching Philosophy: Learning is best achieved in an environment that fosters collaboration and acceptance of everyone's ideas. Providing students with tools and examples to apply their understanding to real-world scenarios is vital to sparking interest and providing relevant applications for their future careers. 


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Trent Bronnenberg

 

Hometown: Cody, WY

Majors: Physiology & Molecular Biology

Trent is currently working as a learning assistant in the ZOOL 4125 course under the guidance of mentors Dr. Amy Navratil and Diane Gorski.

 


Bradon Bryngelson

Bradon Bryngelson

 

Hometown: Gillette, WY

Major: History

Bradon is currently working as a learning assistant in the Fundamentals of Development & Learning 2450-03 course under the guidance of mentor Joseph Russo. Bradon became an LA because it was a new and genuinely intriguing experience. Bradon joined because it would allow him to refine his skills as an educator and learn how to become much more active in both his own education and the learning and development of his students.

Teaching Philosophy: "Informed citizenry is the bedrock of democracy". Bradon wants to have every tool and refined skill to help inform students and aid them in becoming critical thinkers who can inform themselves and participate in this democracy and this world. 


Claire Campion

Claire Campion

 

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Major: Zoology

Claire is currently working as a learning assistant in the ZOO 4100 & 4101 courses under the guidance of mentor Bethann Merkle. Claire became an LA to encourage students to find their passion in science and think about science in a transdisciplinary framework. Claire has seen how active learning can change a student's attitude toward learning and being an LA helps her grow as a teacher and learner as well.  After graduating with MS, Claire plans to pursue a career in science communication/ outreach!

Teaching Philosophy: Claire's goal is to spark curiosity in students and inspire lifelong learning. In Claire's classroom, her goal is to create an inclusive community learning environment that promotes positive learning experiences. 


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Gia Davis

 

Hometown: Cheyenne, WY

Major: Psychology

Gia is currently working as a learning assistant in the PSYCH 4300 course under the guidance of mentor Dr. Maria Kuznetsova. 

 


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Courtney G. Derby

 

Hometown: Lander, WY

Major: Elementary Education

Courtney is currently working as a learning assistant in the PSYCH 2080-01 course under the guidance of mentor Dr. Meredith Minear. 

 


Silas Goetz

Silas Goetz

 

Hometown: Lander, WY

Major: Geology

Silas is currently working as a learning assistant in the CHEM 1020 course under the guidance of mentor Dr. Laura de Sousa Oliveira. Silas became an LA to connect on a deeper level with students in classes that were foundational for his education at the University of Wyoming. Additionally, Silas enjoys learning from these students and learning about their career and life goals. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, Silas plans to pursue an M.Sc. in economic geology.

Teaching Philosophy: Silas aims to provide students with the necessary educational resources that they might apply this learning to whatever their passions are, both within, and outside of the classroom.  


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McKenna Hackett

 

Hometown: Scottsbluff, NE

Major: Microbiology

McKenna is currently working as a learning assistant in the MICR/MOLB 2021 course under the guidance of mentor Kassandra Willingham. McKenna originally became an LA to help students who are struggling with difficult subjects. When taking Microbiology, McKenna had an amazing LA who really helped and pushed her through the semester, so she wanted to give others that same motivation. After graduation, McKenna wants to go to graduate school to become a geneticist. She loves the idea of teaching and hopes to continue teaching throughout her career.  


Ruby Jenco

Ruby Jenco

 

Hometown: St. Joseph, MO

Majors: Environment & Natural Resources, and Wildlife Biology & Management.

Ruby is currently working as a learning assistant in the ENR 1101 course under the guidance of mentor Maggie Borque. Ruby chose to become an LA to further her passion for helping others learn about the environment and the interdisciplinary framework that surrounds environmental issues. After graduation, Ruby plans on pursuing environmental/outdoor education in various state or national parks around the country to gain more teaching experience. 

Teaching Philosophy: Learning should be thought-provoking in the sense that students are encouraged to think about the real-world implications behind what they're learning. If there is no application involved with a student's learning, then we lose the engagement that is necessary to retain information.


Cynthia Morin

Cynthia Morin

 

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Major: Chemical Engineering

Cynthia is currently working as a learning assistant in the Math 2210-01 &-02 courses under the guidance of mentor Dr. Eric Quade. This is Cynthia's first semester as an LA. After graduation, Cynthia does not have plans at this time to pursue a masters' degree or continue educating students. However, Cynthia is planning to pursue a full-time career in manufacturing engineering in Silicon Valley!

Teaching Philosophy: Learning should be interactive, enjoyable, and fun. It is Cynthia's goal to make learning a memorable experience and an enjoyable one because ultimately learning should be a positive experience and something that feeds all of our natural curiosities to know more about the world.


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Vinaya Palecanda

 

Hometown: Mysore, India

Major: Civil Engineering

Vinaya is currently working as a learning assistant in the CE 3400-01 course under the guidance of mentor Kimberly Frith.

 


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Elizabeth Quigley

 

Hometown: Rock Springs, WY

Major: Physiology

Elizabeth is currently working as a learning assistant in the ZOOL 4125 course under the guidance of mentors Dr. Amy Navratil and Diane Gorski.

 


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Brett Ralston

 

Hometown: Encampment, WY

Major: Microbiology

Brett is currently working as a learning assistant in the CHEM 4400 course under the guidance of mentor Rachel Watson. 

 


Bailey Rumpf

Bailey Rumpf

 

Hometown: Cheyenne, WY

Major: Agricultural Education

Bailey is currently working as a learning assistant in the GEN Micro-2021-01 course under the guidance of mentor Kassandra Willingham. Bailey became an LA after being a lab TA for Microbiology. Bailey loved lab so much that she figured as an education major, she should give lectures a try. Bailey is very passionate about teaching and wanted to get hands-on experience with it before beginning her journey as an educator. After graduation, Bailey intends to begin her career as an educator alongside pursuing her master's degree.  

Teaching Philosophy: Learning takes place in an environment where student ideas are welcomed and highly encouraged. Bailey encourages all students to let their ideas and personalities flourish in order to further their knowledge in all areas.  


Makyela Sorensen

Makyela Sorensen

 

Hometown: Greybull, WY

Majors: Physiology & Psychology

Makyela is currently working as a learning assistant in the LIFE 1101 course under the guidance of mentor Dr. Jamie Crait. Makyela became a LA because she wanted the opportunity to help students feel comfortable in their classes and succeed to the best of their ability! Makyela is currently applying for and interviewing at multiple PA programs.

Teaching Philosophy: Makyela's goal as an LA is to serve as a bridge between students and professors. She believes that everyone learns differently and having someone that can help bring out that learning style is essential to successful learning. 


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Bree Thompson

 

Hometown: Hot Springs, SD

Major: Agriculture Economics

Bree is currently working as a learning assistant in the AGEC 4880 course under the guidance of mentor Dr. Mariah Ehmke. 

 


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