Instructor Miles Jonard | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Miles' Background

Miles Jonard is originally from Ohio, and graduated with a BS in Agriculture and an MS in Horticulture from The Ohio State University.

He initially moved to Seattle to work in the medical cannabis market for Solstice, and as Solstice transitioned into the recreational cannabis market, Miles' position was expanded to oversee all external growing operations, working with farms to help them improve the quality and quantity of their yields.

In addition to his work on the agricultural side of the cannabis industry, Miles stays true to his roots in medicinal cannabis by helping in the development and delivery of products that adhere to the Washington State Department of Health's newly established standards for cannabis products recommended to medical patients.

Miles' Teaching Style & Approach

How do you present material to students?

When I was in school I always enjoyed learning from a simple lecture. I would tune out the parts that I already knew and would feverishly take notes on everything that was new.

I understand that not everyone is able to learn in that fashion, so I like to present topics in a way that applies directly to them. I think that it is key not only to identify and recite concepts but also to understand why they are important or how we use them.

How you interact and work with students?

Engaging students in discussions based on the curriculum is the best way to get them involved. It takes the focus of learning from being centered around the teacher and puts in the hands of the students. Coming to conclusions on your own, or with a little help, is a much more powerful and memorable way of learning.

What kind of classroom dynamic do you promote?

The sciences are often taught as subjects that give us answers in black and white. It is true that there is a lot of memorization of terms and basics in science but when it comes to higher learning the truths are meant to be challenged.

I think that it is important in classroom discussion to entertain all reasonable inquires and answers about a subject. The idea is not for a student to listen and accept everything that a teacher presents but for a student to engage in critical thinking and make sense of the material that is presented.

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