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Mike Scioli
Instructor of Science

Phone: 512-637-1984

Education
  • MS in Botany (Plant Physiology) at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 1981
  • AB in Biology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden, New Jersey, 1976
Why I Teach

I teach for the same reason that a storyteller tells stories. I get tremendous satisfaction when a student stitches discrete pieces of information into that fabric we call “knowledge.”

Teaching with passion, enthusiasm and commitment, I use hands-on or problem-solving approaches that best fit the students’ needs. We may work with a found object to fuel their desire to learn on their own. Or, I may incorporate demonstrations that yield discrepant results to stimulate their innate curiosity and drive them to inquire more deeply into the underlying principles and processes.