I am a recent doctoral graduate of UTEP (Ph.D. in Pathobiology), giving biology lessons to anyone aged 13 to 113. My lessons focus on integration of new information with familiar concepts and are fueled by my enthusiasm and passion for my subject!
I have been a Ph.D. teaching assistant at UTEP for the past 5.5 years, and have taught about 500 students in three different lab courses. My students have gone on to attain their undergraduate degrees, and I have even presented some of their work at professional conferences!
I believe that education and knowledge should be accessible to everyone! My rates are $15.00/hr, or $20.00/hr if I come to you.
• Critical thinking
• Scientific literacy
• Written and verbal communication
• Computer and software use
• Exam and assignment creation and grading
• Lecture creation and delivery
• Curriculum and syllabus creation
• Exam proctoring
• Preparation and supervision of student experiments
• Creation of a positive learning environment
Ph.D., Pathobiology (2017)
The University of Texas at El Paso
B.A., Biological Sciences (2010)
STUDENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Ph.D. Teaching Assistant (2012 – 2017)
Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Texas at El Paso
• Instructed approximately 500 students across three different laboratory courses –
Anatomy & Physiology I (2017), Molecular Cell Biology (2012-2014, 2016), and HHMI
PERSIST Brain Mapping (2015)
• Proctored lecture course exams with 146-169 students
• HHMI PERSIST Brain Mapping Lab – created syllabus and curriculum, ordered
supplies and maintained inventory, trained freshmen in advanced brain mapping
techniques and collaborated with them on a novel neuroanatomical research
project, prepared student-generated rat brain maps for presentation at
• Molecular Cell Biology Lab – cultured human cancer cell lines and guided students
as they reasoned about their projects and experimental controls
Student Mentoring to Achieve Retention: Triads in Science (SMARTS) Program Fellow (2013-2016)
Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives, The University of Texas at El Paso
• Mentored 2 students on an individual basis, as the graduate student member of a
mentoring triad that also included a undergraduate mentee and a faculty mentor
• Trained my students in research techniques and scholarly presentation practices
• Collaborated with my students on work presented at multiple professional
• Provided career advice and general support to my mentees, positively impacting
their educational development
UTEP Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student (2016)
Dr. Wells is brilliant, a dedicated instructor with a genuine passion for knowledge. With her help I was able to be the teachers favorite student in all of my college science courses last year. I couldn't recommend her any stronger.
I have known Claire for over five years. She did a rotation in my laboratory and worked as a Teaching Assistant under my direction. Claire was beloved by all the students she directed. Her most outstanding characteristic was her ability to simplify difficult complex subjects, making them fully comprehensible for students, even those with insufficient background knowledge of the field. Claire has excellent communication skills and has a caring but relaxed
personality. I highly recommend her as one of the most outstanding teaching assistants I have ever directed.
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