Lecturer of English
First- and second-year composition
In first-year composition, my goal is ultimately to build students’ confidence in their writing. Too often, students struggle with writing, often because they simply lack confidence in their own abilities. With practice and effort, all students are capable of improving their writing, and if they can see that, their chances of success increase exponentially. Above all, I hope that I can help students stop doubting themselves and instead trust that they can write clearly and competently, no matter the task.
I feel that a class meeting has been successful if I have talked less than the students. When students interact with each other, they are able to form their own conclusions, gaining insights into the material by problem solving together. When this happens, students take ownership of the learning process, and the experience is more impactful and meaningful. I am continually impressed by my students’ knowledge and ability to decipher and interpret difficult texts, and I find that if I take the role of facilitator, students will find the answers they are looking for on their own, with the support of their classmates.
“I had Professor Schmidt for my LA 101 class. Throughout high school, I was always scared to share my thoughts and comments in class, but she made the class atmosphere so inviting for anyone to participate. Professor Schmidt was also always willing to help me revise my paper whenever I had any questions and would help me with any aspect that I was having doubts about. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed LA 101 with Professor Schmidt; she made it so easy to participate and made everyone feel like their comments and opinions mattered and furthered the discussion.” – Haley Lowe ’18
In my spare time, I chase around my three boys and support them in all of their activities; I fully embrace the title of “soccer mom.” Though our busy schedules keep us on the run, I am very much a homebody, so I love nothing more than relaxing at home, playing with Legos, and making art projects with my family.