I’m the President of Sophia and I love using Sophia with my kids. I am a wife, a mother of two, a sister to a man with a learning disability, and a lifelong student of academics and life experiences.
My journey to Sophia is about as unusual as it gets. I immigrated to the US with my family when I was 6. My first exposure to the US education system was in first grade, where my teacher, Mrs. Wong, told my parents that I had the choice of continuing in my Orange reading book (the lowest) or staying after school to read with her one-on-one and have the opportunity to move up to the Blue reading book (the highest level). I chose to stay after school…. I was off to start my life.
I ended up graduating magna cum laude from UCLA and getting my MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where I met my husband and future father of my children. Thank you, Mrs. Wong!
I am lucky to have found Sophia for two reasons. As a child, my hobbies were school and reading. I started working at my parent’s restaurant at 11, first in the kitchen then as the cashier and waitress. We were open 7 days a week, 11am – 10pm, everyday of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Besides work, I went to school. I did not have time for hobbies or activities or birthday parties. It was at school and through reading that I realized that I could be whoever and whatever I wanted to be…the sky is the limit as long as I work hard and dream. Education was and continues to be my ticket to my dreams. Next stop, veterinary school! I plan to own my own clinic and work with neglected and abused animals, helping them to get healthy enough for adoption by loving families. My first hope and dream for Sophia is that Sophia can contribute to that ticket to life for others.
The second reason is that my younger brother, Paul, an intelligent person, has an undiagnosed learning disability. His life has taken a very different path from mine and there is not a night that goes by where I don’t think of him before I fall asleep. Back then, kids who did not keep up were automatically placed in “Special Ed”, a death nail to a future of opportunity and options. Every night I think about what I could have done, how his life could be different today if only…
My parents were busy just trying to make ends meet. They did not speak the language well. I did and I could have done more. Yet when I am really honest with myself, I wonder what I could have done. Be
I have always had a passion for both medicine and education. I come from a family of educators and I’ve always known that I can combine the two in my professional pursuits. Today, I am both a practicing general surgeon as well as a Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. A few years ago, having taught hundreds of general surgery residents, I realized that I have the opportunity, through online learning, to help my students better prepare for the procedures they would perform the next day. So, I started creating video tutorials and assigned them to my students to review the night before surgery. After producing hundreds of these, several of my students, interns, and fellow Mayo colleagues suggested that there could be a much larger audience for these tutorials. That’s when I got the idea for making my tutorials available for free to the public. Not only could I reach more medical students, beyond my Mayo residents, I could hopefully be reaching people interested in going into the medical field – our doctors and nurses of the future. Most of all, I want to help educate people about common surgical procedures, hopefully making people better health consumers. I was introduced to Sophia in 2012 and that’s when my vision for social education and medicine came together. I’ve made a few of my hundreds of surgical procedures available for free on Sophia to anyone with an interest to learn about them. In the process, my hope is that these tutorials will play some part in getting more people interested in going into medicine and that they help produce not only the best medical professionals in the world but the most trusted caregivers as well. Professional highlights: - Distinguished Educator, Mayo Clinic, 2002 - Program Director, General Surgery Residency, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, 1997-2011 Education: - Residency – General Surgery Mayo Clinic in Rochester - Research Fellowship – Endocrinology Mayo Clinic in Rochester - Residency – General Surgery Mayo Clinic in Rochester - M.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison - B.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison
I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S in Chemistry and Mathematics along with an education certification. My career began in Utah teaching junior high math and high school chemistry. I spent 22 years in the classroom as a science teacher in the Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan School District. I have taught physics, AP, honors, general and concept level Chemistry. Currently, I am a Professional Development Specialist working in the School of Education at Capella University. During the summer, I facilitate week long workshops for new and experienced chemistry teachers at Hamline University with Prof. Matt Morgan. As a team, we cover content as well as current best practices in the science classroom including inquiry and digital resources. I am also employed by the College Board as an AP Chemistry Consultant where I facilitate day-long to week-long workshops for classroom teachers. I believe one of the best ways to improve my professional practice is to network with teachers from all over the country and I enjoy the opportunities this provides.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.
Educators often ask students to think of what they are passionate about. The idea behind this is that if a young learners can discover their true interests they may be able to better define their life goals and begin down a path that will leave them happy and fulfilled. As I progressed through my 11th year of teaching, I applied for a new job and was asked to think what I was passionate about. The firs and most obvious thing that came to mind; family. I kept thinking over a few weeks by looking at the things I really enjoy and patterns in my career. What I discovered is that I am passionate about challenges. Challenges keep me focused. They give me something to work on and think about when the monotony of the day-to-day life seems to slow me down. For me, challenges can appear in many forms. They can be physical challenges, educational challenges, or career challenges. But for me, they can all be molded into the same basic pattern. 1. They need to seem large. I once heard a graduation address where the speaker said "If someone tells you that the challenge you set for yourself is too big, you know you're on the right track." 2. They must require planning and preparation. The planning and the preparation are what makes the challenge fulfilling. 3. Failure must be an option. If not, then the challenge is not big enough. Let's be clear here. You have to assume you will meet your challenge, but if everybody can do it, it's not a challenge. Here's the cool thing...once you meet one challenge, another bunch of them open up. And the process starts all over.
Enthusiastic lifelong learner committed to helping adult learners achieve their educational goals through the opportunities that are presented to me through instructional design for online learning. Determined to share the blessing of my higher education journey with anyone who considers higher education to be an unattainable goal. Promoting empathy for adult learners in the instructional design process is my personal and professional passion.
Currently working for SIU-C Center for Workforce Development - Curriculum Revitalization Project Retired Industrial Technology Teacher: Automotive Technology Small Gas Engines Electricity/Electronics Drafting / CAD Industrial Arts Country Dance Instructor and Member of the (ACA) American Callers Association and (NTA) National Teachers Association for Country Dance Instructors. ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician, L-1 Engine Performance Specialists, and ASE Certified in Medium and Heavy Truck Repair. Member of (ACTE) Association for Career and Technical Education, (TEAi) Technology Education Association of Illinois, (ICAIA) Illinois College Automotive Instructors Association and (ITEEA) International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.