Kimberly Barss

Kimberly Barss

Work History

Work History
Jul 2010 - Present

Senior Instructor

Mildred Elley College

Courses Taught:

MA112- Medical Terminology

BIO100- Introduction to Biology of the Human Organism

BIO110- Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO210- Anatomy and Physiology II

PHI 213- Bioethics


Jan 2011 - Present


University at Albany



Computer Skills

MS Office: power point, word, excel, publisher.   SAS, SPSS statistical analysis software.   Educational technology: power point, wikis, web site design, learning management systems (Angel, Blackboard), etc.   Moodle course building experience

Safe Schools, Violence Prevention Certification

Child Abuse Detection Certification

Nurse Aide Certification

First Aid Certification

CPR Certification

Educational Philosophy

    When students are engaged in authentic learning that reflects what will be expected of them in the "real world" they are then being set up for success.  The basics of subject matter content are always required (i.e. the basics of chemistry: protons, neutrons, bonds, etc.) in order to progress to a level of mastery of content and critical thinking.  When students are learning the basics and critical thinking/problem-solving skills simultaneously, in an applied, real-world setting, then the content matter can be maximally retained.

    Adult students are often focused on success, and interested in the real-world and I approach my classroom with the belief that if we all (students and teachers) work together to create and understand knowledge, then we are really engaging in education. 

I believe that the classroom environment should be as stress-free as possible, and foster a culture of inquiry through open-ended questions, direct student inquiry, discovery-based laboratory and internet learning, and real-world case studies related to the field we are studying.  Humor abounds and students are always encouraged to bring relevant news stories for discussion.