Our final “Why I Teach” post of the 2014-15 school year features high school science teacher Dr. Jeff Molk, who joined the CCSC faculty in 2013. Dr. Molk worked in a research lab in Seattle, and his real-world experience informs his perspective to the classroom.
Why I Teach: Jeff Molk
My earliest memories include becoming a teacher. Despite my passion for education, I majored in biology in college and, fascinated by a cell biology class, pursued a graduate degree in science. My research as a graduate student and postdoctoral researcher focused on examining how living cells function, and while I enjoyed aspects of research, I always found myself pulled back to teaching. I decided to pursue teaching full-time in 2012, and I studied how to best teach science to high school students.
Successful students in my classroom will construct their own knowledge, take ownership of their education, and strive for success. I work to build laboratory skills in my students while teaching concepts in chemistry and biology. I have high expectations for all of my students, and I hope that my students will always feel welcome and challenged in my classroom. I also hope to prepare my students for their post-secondary school education and future careers. If I could do one thing differently in my education, it would be to seek out mentors and ask them questions about how to succeed academically. I hope that my students feel comfortable asking me these questions!
Jeff Milk has taught both chemistry and biology at CCSC. He earned his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.