There is a deep satisfaction in gaining an intuition of how the world works; connecting with community in the process deepens the joy of learning and teaching.
My educational mission is to empower students in these journeys. My teaching evaluations consistently show appreciation for how I break down complex concepts and foster inclusive environments to help students feel seen and valued. These practices encourage engagement and enable us to collaboratively build a classroom that is not an assembly line, but instead a space of curiosity, holistic growth, and practicing freedom.
Teaching itself is a learning journey too, and I am continually growing and being challenged by the educational community and developments in pedagogy.
My backgrounds in teaching, mentoring, and online education have given me practice working with a variety of students in different contexts. I have seen the impacts of uniting experiences inside and outside the classroom, tailoring learning to be meaningful and accessible to specific needs. It is my hope as a teacher that I can support and challenge my students in these ways, giving them tools to take mutual responsibility for their learning and self-actualization.
Highlighted Teaching Experience
Primary Instructor, CHEMENG 170: Kinetics & Reactor Design, Stanford University, Spring 2020
Primary Instructor, Mathematics (Multiple courses), Art of Problem Solving Online Education, 2017-2019
Invited Lecturer (3 lectures and labs), Process Dynamics and Control, San José State University, Spring 2021
Co-instructor, 18.031: System Functions & the Laplace Transform, Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, Winter 2015
“Joel is a fantastic teacher. I always really looked forward to going to his recitations because I knew I was going to learn so much from them. He explains the concepts we learn very clearly and in a different enough way [...] for them to still be interesting and new. [...] He always seems to understand exactly why you’re confused and knows how to make you understand.” ~MIT, Multivariable Calculus, ES.1802