Walking in the first day and finding out that professor Minkara was blind I was a little nervous about the class. These notions were SO WRONG. Professor Minkara is one of the most intelligent professors I have ever had. She really knows her material and is an outstanding teacher. I had an incredible experience in this course- I am very sad that it ended early but am grateful for the opportunity to learn from her!
I was definitely correct in assuming I would be inspired by Professor Minkara. Every day we were in the classroom I left feeling more optimistic about my own abilities to achieve academically seeing how successful she has been.
She also made it an incredibly engaging class and a comfortable environment to ask questions, which for me makes all the difference in a class.
I try to always keep an open mind, after the first day of Mona explaining her disability, and learning how the class would function, very auditory with lots of mutual respect to have a collaborative learning space, I knew that this was the class for me.
Being an educator in STEM while blind will definitely bring its challenges, but that is not to say that a blind educator cannot be as effective as one that is not blind, as demonstrated by Professor Minkara.
Mona did an exceptional job teaching students, following presentations, explaining complex subject matter, answering questions, hosting office hours and much more. I had an amazing time in class while we were still on campus, and Mona is actually my favorite professor in college, and actually my best professor in college. I think that Mona's adversary in regards to her blindness, made her excel in so many supplementary areas of teaching making her an amazing professor.
Mona has an exceptional ability to memorize presentations, follow along with your questions in the middle of derivations without any preface, and I'm sure a sighted professor would have a lot more trouble with this. Mona was able to explain this to us with lots of words over and over again in different ways, answer any question we had.
I definitely do think there should be more blind professors in stem. I'm not sure if every teacher has the drive and ability that Mona does, but she definitely set an amazing precedent for others to come after her.
I've learned more in this class than I have in a lot of my other STEM courses. I think the joyful and collaborative nature of our class helped a lot, but it was Professor Minkara who ignited that spark to have a lively classroom experience.
Professor Minkara demands participation in her course. She wants her students to be present in class and makes an effort to make sure they all understand the material. She consistently asks the class for feedback. This is more interaction than the rest of my professors combined.
She also made it an incredibly engaging class and a comfortable environment to ask questions, which for me makes all the difference in a class.There was a mutual respect relationship for everyone in the class. I think that this style of teaching actually beat all of my other class styles. By having students constantly ask questions, and be asked questions, and fill in what might be next, enhances understanding and attentiveness exponentially. I would advise all other teachers to follow her teaching methods because it is extremely effective.
Professor Minkara is more committed to getting feedback from her students, both in the middle of lectures and in general. It is clear that she in enthusiastic about teaching and really cares about her students and their understanding.
Professor Minkara has proven to be an extremely bright, dedicated, caring, and effective professor. She has shown that the many challenges that blind educators face can be navigated and overcome. I would love to see more resources in academia to support blind educators and educators with disabilities so that STEM fields can become more diverse.