#FacesOfTrentU: Student Builds Campus Community Through Clubs, Groups, and a Little Chemistry
Janessa (Nessa) Lewis, Otonabee College, Forensic Science
Janessa (Nessa) Lewis has leaped at every opportunity to participate in hands-on-learning, both in her Forensic Science program and with clubs and groups. Her goal is to use these experiences to expand her teaching skills, which she hopes to put to good use as an educator after Trent.
Beyond her work as a laboratory program development assistant, where she developed a new suite of first year labs, Nessa has had the opportunity to work with Dr. Shannon Accettone as a teaching assistant in chemistry courses – providing her with invaluable experience and further solidifying her passion for education.
“My most memorable teaching moment was working in the lab, as a laboratory program development assistant, where I was able to help develop a new suite of first year labs for Dr. Shannon Accettone’s Introductory Chemistry courses. It was very rewarding to come into the fall semester and watch students conduct labs I helped develop and create material for.”
Nessa is working on her undergraduate thesis with Prof. Accettone as her advisor.
“I am currently researching forensic pedagogy which is a topic focusing on the innovation of teaching methods in order to develop the skills necessary for a future field and laboratory work in CSI or legal professions.”
In addition to her academic pursuits, Nessa's involvement in various clubs and groups on campus demonstrates her commitment to making a positive impact in her community. As co-event coordinator for the Trent Chemistry Undergraduate Society (CHUGS), director of communications for Urithi Black Academic Mentorship Program (UBAMP) and a Rebound guide, Nessa is actively working to support and empower her student community.
Experiential learning can help students discover a new path
“I've always wanted to influence the lives of marginalized youth, especially within the Black community. From my experiences as a TA, I found I really enjoyed classroom discussions and the idea of sharing knowledge. From there, I decided to place my focus on educating BIPOC students and giving students of colour the opportunity to grow and develop as much as any other classmate. To pursue these future goals I will be starting my B.Ed next year and hopefully completing my M.Ed.”
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