What do you love most about teaching at CR?
What I love most about teaching at CR is the community that comes with it. When I show up to teach a new group of students I know that I am getting some of the brightest and genuine people around. I teach at the Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site in Hoopa and I am always impressed with the knowledge and experiences each student brings into the classroom; infusing our lecture topics and lab exercises with energy and excitement.
What do you love most about your discipline?
I am an Ecologist and I teach Biology and Forestry classes at CR. What I love most about Ecology is that there is no escaping it and literally no way to separate yourself or anything else from it. Every piece of technology utilized in our daily lives, food that we consume, and materials used for our clothing and infrastructure is composed of components harvested from the natural environment; intrinsically and dynamically interconnected to each other and all life forms on Earth. Truly the definition of astonishing! I will never cease to be fully impressed by biodynamic planet Earth and the Ecology of her surface.
Is there anything else you would like your students to know about you?
Just like you I am striving to be the best me I can be. I am learning and growing each day and although I make mistakes, I continue to Love myself and make healthy decisions. As far as I can tell our journey through life and learning never ends so I view teaching as a two-way street where everyone has a voice and an opportunity to share their wisdom. I believe inherently in equal rights and representation and I often ask students for feedback and utilize a democratic process to iron out flexible lesson components.
Michael Best is a recent MS graduate from Humboldt State University in the Department of Wildlife, but his passion for life sciences and education has been a lifelong commitment. His Masters research focused on the predatory impacts of a terrestrial salamander (Ensatina) on leaf litter arthropods and the effect of this to promote carbon storage and humification in Northern California Forests. You can find his complete thesis on Digital Scholar (or Google) and it should soon be published as a manuscript elsewhere. Michael enjoys gardening, hiking, and exploring any natural environment, as well as painting, climbing, and writing. Michael has two children and believes that they encourage him to constantly grow more compassionate, experienced, grounded, and satisfied. Michael is very passionate about teaching (as he is about most things he is interested in) and would very much enjoy having YOU in his next class!