I think back to when my family moved from Iran to France, when I was 14. I could not speak the language at the time, and I was put into a French high school. Whenever you find yourself in a challenging situation like this, the only thing you can do is to rise to the challenge. Too often we believe that we cannot do certain things. I am here to tell you that you can.
"I have been teaching for 26 years. And every year I have the opportunity to experience new programs, new classes, and new students who look to me to share my knowledge and train them for their careers. How can I not be motivated by that?"
My first experience with teaching was at the age of 16, when I found myself helping my friends with their math problems in school. That’s when I realized my ability to communicate and empathize with others. Teaching has been a passion of mine ever since. Even after I started working in the biopharmaceutical industry following graduate school, the desire to teach has always stayed with me. For me, it is not about going into a classroom and reading a slide. And it is not simply about testing my students’ memories. I am here to provide students with the real experiential learning they need to be successful in their careers.
My vision is to train and inspire our future leaders. I approach teaching with the mindset that you never know who you are going to become or who is sitting next to you. The person beside you might turn out to be the next Prime Minister. Or you might be. That’s the mindset I want to instill in my students. It’s not simply about giving them a diploma. It’s about being able to help my students graduate fully prepared to lead tomorrow’s world.
"When you are a professor, you have the privilege to shape the future. That’s why every day when I wake up, I’m happy for what Seneca has given me."
Katelyn went from Seneca student to being a voice for those without one.