Hi everyone, I'm Kevin! I've always had a deep interest in both science and writing from a young age. I hand-wrote stories on pieces of composition paper, illustrated the characters, and stapled the final product along the edges to create my "book" so that I could share my literary adventures with his family. On the science side of things, I enjoyed watching The Magic School Bus, Bill Nye, and Beakman's World. When I saw how interactive they presented concepts, it sparked my interest to become a scientist.
During my undergraduate and graduate paths, I focused on public health and health psychology where I planned on intersecting science and writing through program development, facilitation, and research. My main focus was to ensure that material was informative, comprehensive, and concise while engaging diverse audiences within the general population.
In order to hone my writing skills, I took further training in journalism (focusing on scientific and technical writing). I targeted my focus on improving the quality of life for those affected by chronic illnesses through health research, medical journalism, and developing strategies for funding programs that support positive change for these individuals.
The other part of my work was to help more individuals become interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses or pursue STEM fields by minimizing any anxiety associated with courses such as microbiology and anatomy and physiology. I founded and developed Lecahierdekev to break down concepts in mathematics and the sciences. Through subject focused handouts, I broke down concepts into more digestible pieces.
Writing, researching, and presenting opened new doors for me. I am very grateful to have formed new friendships, work with diverse audiences, and identify my career goals.
I've been fortunate to utilize my writing, editing, and scientific skills throughout my career as an educator, a research analyst, scientist, a health counselor and a grant writer and editor. A main goal throughout my work was to assist others with their own growth and development while promoting scientific and health literacy.
I value and respect people who come from a variety of backgrounds and have had the pleasure of working with people who come from all walks of life. In the end, we're all human, right? (Unless you're one of those cyborgs from the Terminator movies...then that would be a different story!)
On a side note, I've had a lot of fun hobbies throughout the years. Several years ago, I was trained in ballroom and Latin dancing. I provided private lessons to clients for events as well as choreographed dances for several parties. I also like traveling and exploring new places. It helps that family is spread out around the world!
Whether it’s an evening out to dinner, experimenting with new recipes, or participating in outdoor fitness activities, I enjoy trying out new experiences with others.
A key quote from Buddhism which I apply to my daily life:
"To be attached to one thing (to a certain view) and to look down upon other things (views) as inferior--this the wise men call a fetter"
(excerpt from Rev. Dr. Walpola Rahula's book
What The Buddha Taught)