| My goal as a teacher is not only to become a more efficient facilitator in disseminating academic knowledge , but also to prepare my students for "life beyond college." I believe this is vital in our consumer-oriented society that equates success with financial well-being. Mentoring has become a critical function of the professor since so many students in today's classrooms are suffering from the disintegration of the family as an institution. Just as I teach foreign languages to my students, I must also teach them to value themselves and to respect others. They know that my positive expectations for each one of them require that they strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives, realizing that I set similar standards for myself. They know me as a teacher and also as their friend.
I believe in being accessible to the students in my classes, to the members of the organizations I advise, and to those who are my mentees. Many students have passed through my doors over the years, and they all know that I am there for them.
The values that one holds are at the core of one's life. The tasks I undertake reflect what I consider important. BCC is not a job for me--it is a career, a way of life, a way of serving my students, the college and the community; it is an opportunity for continued growth.