Professor / Biology
"...each semester I hope to be challenged with new questions from students."
What aspect of Biology are you most interested in?
I am most interested in biology as it relates to humans. I currently teach Human Anatomy & Physiology and I continue to be amazed at the complexity yet simple design of the human body. I haven’t yet reached my peak of understanding and each semester I hope to be challenged with new questions from students.
What advice would you give to a new college student?
Develop a support network of peers, family, and friends, and do not try to go about it alone. Study groups are vital for most students allowing them to exercise multiple pathways of learning which further reinforces their understanding and retention. College is a time for growth which means that for each new thing we learn we may experience challenges and set backs during the process. A strong support network provides the added strength that a student may need to get through the challenging times. When studying anatomy and physiology a student should expect to become a life long learner.
What’s the favorite part of your job?
Watching light bulbs turn on. Watching students struggle and then experience the sudden breakthrough in understanding concepts while developing their critical thinking skills. Many students ask why they must sit through a difficult course such as anatomy and physiology. Once they understand that the basic sciences will provide them with a foundation for everything they do in their future career as a health care professional I see a major shift in effort and motivation. I believe that education is more then facts and information, it's a way of life.
What was your proudest moment working with students?
I’m proud everyday that I work with students. I enjoy the diversity, their stories, and their success. However I would have to say that the proudest moment is when a student returns to share with me that they have been accepted into their professional training, or that they are now out in the workforce gainfully employed as a health care professional, and that the foundation they gained while in my class helped them to be better prepared for that next step.
Davd Lagala has his A.A. from Ventura College, B.A. from UC Santa Barbara, and D.C. from Western States Chiropractic College.
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