10 Years of Teacher Life 🍏🍎

#Caliversary (June 1st, 2015) 🍏

The first class I taught in CA was Interpersonal Relationships here at the University of California at San 💛 🔱 💙 Tritons (aka my 2nd home) in August 2015 (Summer Session 2). I then taught Intro Psych at Mesa Community College & Stats/Research Methods at the University of San Diego ✝️ that Fall.

#TeacherLife 🍎

It’s been an honor to teach at each institution I’ve had an opportunity to in CA, including California State San Marcos 💙(Fall 2016 — present) 🐅 , San Diego Miramar Community College, San Diego City City College, & Point Loma Nazarene University.

Most of all, it’s been a privilege to teach ~10,000+ students during this pedagogical decade of my life, and I look forward to the many more students to come 👩🏻‍🏫👩🏻‍💻

Random Teaching Pics

How In-Person Autumn Felt

Most (68.2%) students indicated that Autumn 2021 was tougher than Autumn 2019, & more stressful than they anticipated, though 31.8% of students indicated that it took a moment, but they adjusted.

  1. All of my assessments were via Canvas (Blackboard for USD). This enabled students to take their quizzes & exams from a safe location without having to worry about if the person filling out the scantron next to them was infected
  2. We had Zoom lectures the weeks after Halloween & Thanksgiving We’ll be having Zoom lectures for week 1 & potentially week 2 for Winter Quarter, as well as Valentines week (regardless of vaccination status and/or relationship status.)

Zoom Lectures To Start Each Week

I’ll be having Zoom lectures on all Mondays so everyone has Mon/Tues to ascertain if they got infected over the weekend so that they can proceed to attend/watch the Wed-Friday lectures via Zoom or via the recordings.

Learning vs. Intelligence

“Immune response vs strong immune system is like learning vs intelligence. I can memorize a poem, but it hasn’t made me any smarter. I can survive an infection, but it didn’t ‘strengthen my immune system”.



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Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD

Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD

I'm passionate about making a tangible difference in the lives of others, & that's something I have the opportunity to do a professor & researcher.