My teaching philosophy is informed by a number of my own experiences as an undergraduate student at a Liberal Arts college and a teacher and graduate student at a Land Grant University. The former focused on an educational approach that put the student first, and emphasized a multi-disciplinary approach critical thinking, writing, and discussion as hallmarks of a quality education. The Land Grant mission emphasized the development of practical skills through experience based opportunities, conducting fieldwork and research, and engaging with communities. Through these experiences, I have developed a teaching philosophy focused on a student-centered, skills-based approach that emphasizes strengths in writing, research, discussion, critical thinking, technological literacy, and hands-on, real-world experience. While not limited to them, I see my teaching philosophy being best applied in three primary arenas: the classroom, undergraduate research, and fieldwork.