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Ahmad Audi
Instructor, Chemistry

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2007; also taught at Kansas State University and served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern State University in Louisiana and at several two-year and four-year colleges in Illinois.

Specialties: Nano biosensors, X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy, online science higher education and more.

Education: B.S., Lebanese American University; Ph.D., Kansas State University; post-doctorate education at Kansas State University.

Most memorable teaching experience: My most memorable teaching experience is when students turn their fears of learning science into confidence. I help my students recognize the aspects of science that relate to their careers and life, so they will get excited and curious to learn more. The biggest reward is when non-science majors switch to science after taking my class, or when previous students contact me—sometimes years later--with positive feedback.

Elbek Kurbanov
Instructor, Chemistry

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2018; previously taught at Southwestern College, Grossmont College and San Diego Mesa College in Southern California

Education: B.S., University of Wisconsin-Stout; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

What motivates me and inspires me in my field: To improve student learning and bolster student confidence in chemistry, I foster an interactive classroom supportive of asking questions. Accordingly, I strive to be as approachable as possible as the instructor. It gives me great enjoyment and inspiration to witness students becoming interested and confident in chemistry.

Adina Ott
Instructor, Chemistry and Pharmacy Technician

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2017; previously taught at Northwestern University and Portland Community College

Education: B.S., Butler University; Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder,/p>

What motivates me and inspires me in my field: I love teaching chemistry laboratory classes. I enjoy helping students become skilled experimentalists and guiding them to connect their results with chemistry topics taught in lecture. My hope is for my students to succeed in advanced courses and achieve their degree goals.

Tara Simmons
Instructor, Chemistry

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2003; previously taught at West Virginia University and Michigan State University.

Education: A.S., College of Lake County; B.A., Barat College; Ph.D., Michigan State University.

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2007; previously taught part time at CLC for eight years.

Education: B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ph.D., University of Arizona.

What inspires me about my field: I was attracted to chemistry as a field of study while making soap in a high school chemistry course and making nylon in an introductory organic chemistry course in college. To create the “Aha” moment in students, I always try to connect classroom topics to common life experiences and use labs and demonstrations to reinforce lectures. One learns more by doing than by hearing.

Beth Wilson
Instructor, Chemistry

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2010; previously taught chemistry at the University of California-San Diego, Georgia State University and Mesa Community College-San Diego.

Education: B.S., University of Illinois-Chicago; M.S. and Ph.D., Georgia State University.

Why I teach: I had a student that struggled with experimental procedure in lab. I provided extra help and alternative explanations, which resulted in the student obtaining confidence in chemistry and an excellent grade in the course. The most memorable aspect of this experience was that her frowning and frustration turned into a big and bright smile. My overall goals are to make chemistry interesting, enjoyable, and applicable to everyday life.