My name is Stanislas Mani Ethenoz. I was born in Iran from a Swiss father and an Iranian mother. I then grew up in Switzerland starting with elementary school all the way to high school. Although neither of my parents is a scientist, they did realize from early on that I had a passion for science, which they encouraged. My father, a freelance journalist signed me up for science magazines, and my mother encouraged me to read by purchasing a lot of biology books for me.
In high school, my interest grew even further and specialized towards the physical sciences. I was fascinated by quantum mechanics and black holes, and visited the CERN with my class. A few tv shows (MacGyver, Il était une fois la vie) also influenced my passion for science. At that time I realized there were so many questions still unanswered. I started thinking about the universe.
I moved to the US in the year 2000, and attended Moorpark Community College; then I transferred to UCLA. In university, I majored in biochemistry and also developed an interest for computer programming, which I learned on my own. I went on to get my teaching credential in 2012.
In my free time I like to read mostly technical books on virology, bioinformatics, marine invertebrates, and veterinary medicine. I am also a cat breeder, a gamer, and spend at least 15 minutes every day learning new languages.
Teaching is an honor. It allows me to guide students in their quest for universal truths. I teach that the search for answers in science is a constant and never ending process. My philosophy of teaching is to emphasize critical thinking above all. I teach students to be skeptical about things, and to analyze everything very carefully.