L&S Teaching Mentors discuss their big teaching takeaways, what they wish they would have known when they first started, and where they go for support and then respond to questions from the audience.
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Abby Letak is a dissertator in the Sociology Department and an award-winning educator. Her research focuses on mental health and wellbeing, specifically looking at self-care, neoliberalism, and cultural productivity imperatives. She has taught as both a TA and instructor of record for multiple courses during her time at UW-Madison, including “The Sociology of Mental Health,” which she designed from scratch. She is currently an instructor in the Writing Center, working one-on-one with students, leading workshops, and facilitating a graduate student writing group. In her free time, she enjoys co-directing a local dance company, spending time with her orange tabby cat, watching television, and crafting.
Danielle Nelson is a PhD Candidate in English.
Steven Moen is a third-year Statistics Ph.D. student with research interests in time-dependent data with applications to finance and macroeconomics. He’s worked in various industry roles in risk management, and he currently works as a statistical consultant for researchers in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Before coming to UW-Madison, he earned a master’s degree in Statistics and a bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Economics, and he is a CFA Charterholder. In his spare time, he enjoys weightlifting and playing piano.
Patty Lan is a dissertator in the socio-cultural anthropology department. She has been a teaching assistant and head teaching assistant for Anthropology 104, one of the campus’s largest lecture-style ethnic studies requirement courses. She also independently lectured for Anthropology 300, the theory and methods requirement course for anthropology majors. She is experienced with designing lesson plans for discussion-based sections and navigating politically complex learning material on race, class and gender. Her own research is on international development, education, and South Korea.