My primary goal when teaching general education earth science classes is to pass along some of my love and enthusiasm for natural science. I also feel it is crucial to help students learn important fundamentals of the Earth, especially the origin of ocean basins, mountain belts, and common rocks. I place a strong emphasis on the surficial geologic processes that shape the land on which we live as well. I believe that Earth Science majors should be broadly educated in the Earth Sciences and acquire skills that will be useful in their future endeavors. Important common threads in all upper division Earth Science classes should be making reliable observations (especially in the field) and synthesizing observations to answer geologic questions. I also seek to help students develop their quantitative and writing skills, which are critical to a successful future in Earth Science and many other careers as well.