I was born/grew up in: Kingston, Jamaica
I now live in: St Catherine, Jamaica
I completed my training/education at: I completed a BSc Food Chemistry and Chemistry and a M Phil Chemistry, at The University of the West Indies. I have a Ph D, Food Science, from the University of British Columbia.
What I do at work
I am a lecturer at the Department of Chemistry at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. I teach students about Chemistry in our daily lives. I also teach Food Chemistry and Food Processing. I am the head of the Food division and the coordinator of the Masters in Food and Agro Processing Technology Program. During my typical workday, I teach and do administrative work. I supervise research projects for our Masters students. I also publish research articles in scientific journals.
My career path is
I always wanted to be a Food Technologist. There were a few teachers who helped to guide me along my journey. They inspired me and provided me with important information that helped me to achieve my goals. I completed my formal training at the University of the West Indies and the University of British Columbia. I have also attended a variety of workshops in my field. This helps me keep my knowledge up to date.
I am motivated by
I am really excited when I am able to publish research articles and contribute to the scientific community. I was also excited to receive the Most Outstanding Researcher Award for my Faculty two years in a row. I consider myself a teacher, as well as a researcher and administrator. I do a variety of things in my job so I am able to contribute in many different ways. I am also excited when I can make an impact on someone's life. This could be through an outreach event or connecting them with the right people or opportunities.
How I affect peoples’ lives
I am a mentor and role model for my students. I am happy when my students do well and have meaningful careers. I am also encouraged when I see them leave the shores of Jamaica to further their academic growth and development
Outside of work I
From time to time, I go to the theatre to watch a live show. I also enjoy reading a good novel and watching movies. I currently volunteer as the Faculty Advisor for our student group with the American Chemical Society. We hosted two successful Chemistry festivals in 2019 and 2020.
My advice to others
Focus on your goals but remember to have fun along the way. Enjoy the journey.