My name is Damon Klaphake, and I am an instructor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences department at St. Catherine University, Minneapolis campus. I have been at the University since the Fall of 1997, teaching primarily science courses. I teach anatomy & physiology lectures and labs, as well as microbiology labs, chemistry, and Community Integrated Learning. I received my B.A. in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College and my M.S. in Biology from St. Joseph College, focusing on human biology and disease. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I also manage the labs for the science courses and advise students in the A.A. program.
I truly enjoy having the opportunity to teach at the college. Helping students achieve their goals never gets old for me! I have seen so many people succeed and go on to become wonderful health care providers, and I feel blessed to have the chance to be a part of that. My philosophy for teaching centers around providing a welcoming environment that engages, explains, and inspires. At the end of the day, if one of my students does not grasp what I am teaching, then I feel I have not done my job. Along the way, I have also learned more than I was taught in my own studies: to teach is to learn.
Outside of my work at St. Kate's, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, gardening, birdwatching, watching Nebraska football when I can, and cooking.