My name is Pierre Kablan and I teach from high school to college and university students.
In my view, a great teacher is like a great artist who uses basic tools to transform raw materials into valuable assets of society. However, great artists may not have the best tools or best skills – they are recognized because of their passion and their unique perspective of the world. That is the difference between an artist and an artisan. Teaching is similar. Great teachers are not just ones who transmit information, teach skills, and help students earn the best grades. They are those who share their passion for knowledge and curiosity with their students, inspire the students' creativity, develop their critical thinking ability, and prepare them for the complex world they will face after stepping off campus. Based on my own experiences of being a student and an instructor, I think the following four "principles" are the most noteworthy ones in good teaching:
First, passion is one of the key ingredients of effective teaching that leads to thorough preparation, a continuous desire to improve teaching skills and an intense delight in watching students learn. How well the students can learn greatly depends on how passionate and how devoted a teacher is.
Second, teaching is not just a way to impart knowledge, but can also be used as a method to foster interest in the subject. Students are naturally curious. They are intrigued by the world around them. Teaching is far more effective when students are truly intrigued, because they will "actively" learn and seek new knowledge rather than feeling like they are being "forced” to learn by the teacher.
Third, a teacher should encourage critical thinking and should always strive to be respectful of different opinions. Students should learn to think independently, not merely accept the teacher's opinions. A teacher should be prepared to challenge and be challenged by the students as every student possesses unique perspectives. A teacher should be supportive when considering students’ different perspectives.
Fourth, each student deserves an education tailored to his or her strengths and needs. I understand the difficulties and needs of students studying abroad. Their English abilities, cultural backgrounds and fundamental knowledge may vary greatly. It is my responsibility to help them develop the skills to overcome any obstacles and fulfill their dreams.
I believe my great passion for teaching, various past teaching experiences, strong academic background and multilingual communication skills will make me an excellent teacher.
I have been giving lesson for about 10 years to about thousand students. Many of my students are now working , pursuing high education and realizing their dream. All is due to the good education they received from my teaching and how dedicated I am when it comes to education.
PhD Interdisciplinary Studies with specialization in Ethical and Creative Leadership, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2013
Dissertation: Land and Houphouetism in Ivorian Political Leadership
Master of Art International Education, Human Rights and History, New York University, New York, 2001
Thesis: Human rights in Brazil
Bachelor of Science Political Science, Excelsior College, Albany, New York, 1999
2016-Present Adjunct Professor, School of Liberal Art
Excelsior College, Albany, NY
Online Course: Cultural Diversity (The course explores how to be a more culturally intelligent individual when interacting with people from different cultures. The course also explores the concepts of globalization and international conflicts in an effort to see issues of cultural intelligence on a broader, more global scale.)
2013-Present Adjunct Professor, Department of Africana Studies,
University at Albany, NY
Courses Taught: African Civilizations, Geography and Planning (the course looks at history, ancient civilizations, geography and planning of the African continent)
2008– 2013 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Africana Studies, University at
Courses Taught: Undergraduate Upper Level courses in Developing
African Nations (The course looks at the various developmental constructs
pertaining to Sub-Saharan African nations) and Africa in the Modern
World (It discusses the concept of what is "Modern World," traces a concise history of Africa and links it to the political independent African nations with emphasis on socio-cultural, economic and political development)
2002-2003 Substitute Teacher, Niskayuna High School, Niskayuna, NY
Taught Mathematics and Social Studies
2001-2002 Counselor/Tutor, Hillcrest Education Centers, Pittsfield, MA
Responsible for orientation, guidance and behavior management.
2000-2001 Academic Advisor/Counselor/Instructor, New York City Technical College, Brooklyn, NY
Advised and counseled college and university students from different nations for orientation and placement.
1999-2000 Monitor/Instructor, New York University, New York
(New York City Board of Education P.S. 92)
Taught “Success for all”, a nationally recognized reading research program.
ILA (International Leadership Association) 16th Annual Global Conference on Conscious Leading for Global Change: Emergence of our Collective Realities, San Diego, California October 30-November 2, 2014. Paper presented: “African Leadership”
Institute for African Development Symposium, Cornell University, April18-19, 2008. Paper co-presented with Dr. Marcel Kitissou and John McGrath:“Foreign Policy Making: A comparative Study of US and China’s Approaches to the Crisis in Darfur.”
The38THAnnual Conference of New York African Studies Association (N.Y.A.S.A)on Global Africa, Triple Heritage and Pax-Africana: Cultural, Political and Economic Forces of African Development, Binghamton University, April 5-6, 2013
The 8th Annual African Economic Forum co-organized by the African Network, the School of International and Public Affairs, African Business Club, Graduate school of Business, African Law Students Association, Columbia University, March 25-26, 2011
Publications “Ethics in Foreign Policy Making: US and China’s Approaches to the Crisis in Darfur, Sudan” co-authored with Marcel Kitissou and John McGrath, in Muna Ndulo and Margaret Grieco (eds.), Failed and Failing States: The Challenges to African Reconstruction, Cambridge Scholars publishing, 2010.
“Practicing Leadership: Principles and Applications” in A. Shriberg, D. Shriberg& R. Kumari (eds.),Leadership in a Global and Multicultural Society, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley &Sons, 2012
“Feminist Leadership, Leadership In The African Context,” in Ebben Van Zyl (ed.), Juta & Co, Ltd., Cape town, South Africa.
2014-present International Leadership Association (ILA)
2012-present New York African Studies Association (NYASA)
2000 United Nations, DESA/DEPA (Division of Social and Economic Affairs) New York, NY
In that position, I analyzed different projects on disaster prevention based on historical facts in countries such as China, the Philippines, Turkey, Greece, Japan and African countries.
1999 Study Abroad
2000 Center for the Studies of Human Rights and International Education, Rio
De Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia (Brazil): the Center’s programs are designed to help understand the importance of human rights, the value of schooling, the functioning of police department, the role of non-profit and women organizations, the meanings of multiculturalism as well as the rationale for political participation.
2010 President, Ghana Association of the Capital District, Albany, New York
2005 President of the Board of Directors: Adolescent Employability Skills Plus Program (A.E.S.P.P), organization dedicated to training and counseling for employment.
1994 Board Member: Fort Green Community Outreach, Brooklyn, NY; in that position, directed development projects, actively participated in grants writing, helped with developing strategies to solve social problems in the community such as teen pregnancy, tutoring, advising and counseling.
Honors Dean’s List, New York City Technical College, Brooklyn, NY, 1997
Languages Write and speak fluently: English, French and Spanish
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