Where are you from?
I’m originally from Trumbull, Connecticut, but I recently moved to Philadelphia, PA.
Where/what are you currently teaching?
I am currently a teaching assistant for microbiology at Saint Joseph’s University.
What are 3 words to describe you?
I asked my friends this question to get a more unbiased answer, and they described me as open-minded, empathetic, and patient.
If you could learn any skill/hobby what would it be?
I would love to learn ASL to better communicate and work with the Deaf community.
Tell us something that may surprise us about you!
I’m double jointed in almost every part of my body! Despite that, I still can only barely touch my toes.
If you have 30 minutes of free time, what do you do?
If I’m feeling motivated, I’ll try to read some primary literature related to my research. Usually though, I just end up taking a quick nap.
What is the best place you’ve traveled to?
I went to Ireland to visit my sister, and it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen. From walking along the Cliffs of Moher to driving through the countryside of Connemara, everything I saw took my breath away.
If you could spend time with anyone who would it be?
My fourth-grade teacher is one of the most caring, patient, and passionate people I’ve ever met. Even though she taught me when I was very young, the lessons she taught me about kindness and openness with others have resonated with me to this day and helped shape me into who I am. I would love to sit down with her, if only to thank her for the lessons she’s taught me.
What advice do you have for kids struggling in school?
Grades aren’t everything. In fact, for a lot of students, grades aren’t nearly as important as developing more complex skills like critical thinking, practical study habits, and understanding your personal learning style. Instead of stressing about your grades, work on learning as much as you can while you’re in school, and on developing these skills as much as you can. Once you’re out of school, being able to think about problems from different angles and be open to new solutions is far more important than what you got in Algebra II.
Dan earned his Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut. Now, he is perusing his Masters Degree of Science in Biology. He is a Teaching Assistant at St. Joesph’s University focusing on the hands-on approach in laboratory activities. Dan works with our upper level middle and high school math and sciences.
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