Dr. Denise Lee-Haye is today’s #FacultyFriday feature. Dr. Lee-Haye spent her college years on the east coast, so with her time here at PUC she has become acquainted with the culture of the west coast, as well. With several professional presentations under her belt, she is well-equipped and comfortable at the front of the classroom, and she enjoys imparting chemistry knowledge and experience to anyone and everyone. Let’s get to know Dr. Lee-Haye!
Name: Dr. Denise Lee-Haye
Title: Associate Professor of Chemistry
Faculty since: 2011
Classes taught: General Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Science & Chemistry Seminars
Education: Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, Connecticut College; Ph.D. in biochemistry, University of Connecticut
What made you decide to be a teacher?
I like to teach what I know, to those who need or want to learn it. I had experience doing that and teaching jobs were coming to my attention even before I was looking for any.
What are some of your hobbies?
Fixing delicious foods, hiking, and finding scenic locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
I’m Jamaican and I have both Asian and African heritage.
What’s your favorite thing about PUC?
Its location in the Napa Valley and the opportunity it gives for meaningful relationships with others.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
The college’s back 40 property.
What’s your favorite song?
I love songs about Jesus’ birth— anytime and all year long!
What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?
Ask God for wisdom in everything. Take your teachers’ advice seriously. Test it so you can learn exactly what they mean. It’s worth getting to bed early. Get up in time to have breakfast and don’t forget to drink enough water and get some exercise outdoors. Then hopefully you’ll sleep well and think well!