Avaneesh Narla is a Ph.D. candidate in the Physics department (with a specialization in Quantitative Biology) at the University of California, San Diego where he studies the dynamics of complex systems mathematically. Avaneesh has been deeply committed to teaching since high school and has engaged in many capacities in the classroom, including as an Instructor of Record at UCSD. He is also a Graduate Teaching Consultant, serving as a pedagogical resource for the UCSD community by creating and leading teaching development programs. Avaneesh hopes to continue teaching and learning after graduation by developing environments that allow for shared vulnerability and collective empathy. The author's views are their own.