My teaching interests and experience are primarily focused on teaching all aspects of organic chemistry to students through classes, research, and personal interaction. My understanding in organic chemistry has been solidified through exposure to a number of accomplished professors—I have been fortunate to experience the teaching of organic chemistry at four universities, each using a different approach. While an undergraduate student at the University of Utah, an effective introductory organic chemistry professor demonstrated the value of a well-organized lecture that was delivered in a clear and concise manner. As a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin, a professor illustrated that seemingly small things make a tremendous difference. In a class of over 100 students, she learned every person’s name. At the University of Michigan, group projects and presentations, both traditional and internet-based, were an integral part of organic chemistry courses. The overall effect of the various strategies is to make a traditionally overwhelming class seem manageable to students. Now, at Boise State University, I attempt to incorporate all of these ideas in order to make the class more invigorating while maintaining a high level of rigor, which in turn helps students master the subject.