Core values are the philosophies, ideas, and beliefs, that guide and permeate all that I do professionally. The four cornerstone values that my work is built upon are KNOWLEDGE, TRUST, ACHIEVEMENT and COMMITMENT.
At the heart of chemistry education, and writing about chemistry, is knowledge. Having the humility and wisdom to constantly seek more chemistry knowledge is a foundation that never fails to reap rewards in both personal, and professional contexts.
Actual, Not Perceived
Quantifiable achievement, not perception of the same. Real achievement may manifest itself in higher test scores or grades (each via greater levels of knowledge and understanding), or in the production of a book, an article, or other piece of writing.
The four cornerstones are diversely applicable to my roles as a teacher, a tutor and a writer. In any given moment, on any given day, in the midst of any given task, they will find their way into what I do in a variety of ways, but ultimately they underpin all of my work.
In some situations their presence will be obvious; at other times they are simply ambient. In any case as a student, a tutee, or a client of mine, you should expect to be able to identify them in the work that we do together.
Of course, the four core values are supported by integrity, a work ethic, constantly striving for accuracy, truth, and an overarching professionalism that will consistently be apparent.
I am always appreciative of any opportunity, via my work, that I get to demonstrate each of my core values to my partners.
Must Be Earned
With over 30 years of teaching experience, and an extensive portfolio of books and writing, it is my hope that I inspire trust. However, the onus is always on me to earn it. Nothing is taken for granted, no level of trust assumed, rather all is earned.
To The Task
Whether the job is working with a student, a class, a tutee, or a writing project of any kind, you can expect a commitment to ‘finish the drill’, and a dedication to excellence throughout.