Teaching

I teach because I believe that the challenges facing my students and society require individuals who think critically and communicate effectively. My primary teaching interests are principles of microeconomics, development economics, and applied econometrics. Below you can find more information about my teaching experience and philosophy.

Full Teaching Statement

University of California, Davis


While at the University of California, Davis, I have had the opportunity to improve and expand my teaching experience. I have served as a teaching assistant for a variety of courses and a diverse student body. I also worked as a tutor, specializing in microeconomic theory, econometrics, and development economics.

Additionally, to improve my teaching, I completed a five-part Foundations in Teaching workshop series put on by the University of California, Davis Center for Educational Excellence. The workshop series offered practical, evidence based educational methods for creating engaging, inclusive classrooms and effectively assessing learning outcomes.

Teaching Assistant
  • ARE 115A, Development Economics, Stephen Boucher, Winter 2015, Spring 2015
  • ARE 100A, Intermediate Microeconomics, Jacob Marder, Fall 2014
  • SAS 120, Global Poverty: Critical Thinking and Taking Action, Lovell Jarvis, Winter 2013

Teaching Assistant Evaluations


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Selected Student Comments from Teaching Evaluations

Jonathan is such an approachable person, he is amazing! He listens to his students, understands and is very passionate about the course and is always there when his students need him. He is a gift and is very great at presenting material, going through it, and making sure we understand.

Jonathan is a very approachable and patient TA. I wish we had more sections getting help from him. He always make sure we understand everything and take extra time and effort to explain everything.

Discussion was very helpful thanks to Jonathan. Explained things thoroughly. Really cared about the students. I can see his passion and dedication to the class. Very good!

This class was very organized and the material is very understandable. I like how the material is applicable to the real world.

[He] made sure we understood the concepts of the mechanics instead of just memorizing formulas.

Jonathan did a fantastic job and was extremely helpful inside discussions. He was also very responsive to emails, which was really great.

Jonathan was definitely one of the best TAs that I have had so far and I really appreciated the preparation that he did and his willingness to help.

Jonathan was a great TA. He explained concepts simply and slowly and made sure we understood intuitive approaches to problems rather than just how to do specific problems.

Jonathan was an excellent TA and took careful time to teach each fundamental concept in an understandable way.

The Peace Corp


Instructor/Instructor Trainer
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Nicaragua, I worked in four rural high schools for two years. During this time, I trained local instructors in a new entrepreneurship curriculum and co-taught classes to students in their final two years of high school. Our 18-month entrepreneurship course helped students develop confidence in their own ideas and identify opportunities for their lives after high school. In the final twelve months of the course, students launched their own small businesses in order to participate in a nation-wide business plan competition.