Berkeley Today Stories

Up Close with LaToya Trowers-Bell, Ed.D.

How do you define excellence in teaching and learning?
As an educator who contributes meaning to a student’s education. By providing them with a quality education, engaging them, and giving them with the information they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.

What inspires you to teach?
The successful outcomes of my students. When I receive a note of thanks from a student for teaching them a lot, or because I assisted in getting them a job, that inspires and motivates me to keep doing what I am doing.

What do you want your students to know about you?
Although I am the professor in the class and my job is to teach them, I learn a lot from them as well.

How do you spark inquisitiveness in your students?
I spark inquisitiveness by providing students with lessons that they can apply to their future careers. I also provide them with various real-world exercises that allows them to critically analyze and apply situations into their lives.

What factors should students consider when selecting a major?
Consider a career that you would feel the most fulfilled in working at, and select a major based on those career goals. Never select a major solely with the intention of making a lot of money. It is important to enjoy what you do for a living.

What has been your most memorable moment at Berkeley College so far?
Receiving the Faculty of the Year Award for Outstanding Teaching and Student Appreciation this year.