Amira Mittermaier

Dec 2006

I haven't written a review before, but this is one that I just had to write. It's the least I could do to try and give credit to the effort she's put into this class. Amira Mittermaier really cares about her students. She will go out of her way to provide students with coffee during class; she baked cookies for the class; she reads the student reading responses beforehand and responds to them in discussion and emails a grade and comment for each one; she also tries to get to know her students during breaks and in meetings to go over essays; she made an additional course survey because she cares that much about improving her teaching (which hardly needs improving). She encourages a lot of class discussion, and the daily reading responses help to get conversation going before class even starts. She's demanding, but she's really caring and thoughtful. What made me feel that I had to write this review was that at the final exam, I was so impressed by her efforts to get a discouraged student to stay and finish the test. She really wants everyone to succeed. So, you only have one semester to go before she leaves to take a job in Toronto, but if you're switching CC sections, this one is a great choice.