- Year 2022
- NSF Noyce Award # 1758443
- First Name Jill
- Last Name Cochran
- Discipline Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
Todd Timberlake, Mary Clement, & Zachary Taylor
Todd Timberlake, Berry College
Once a student decides to explore high school STEM teaching as a career, it is important that they receive the guidance and support that they need to remain on that career path. Our Noyce Scholarship program is designed to support students by providing them with several different mentors as they prepare for a teaching career and during their first years in the profession.
How can we effectively support pre-service STEM teachers as they make their way through their STEM majors, their Education major, their classroom experiences, their job search, and the first few years in the teaching profession?
Our program aims to support pre-service teacher preparation, and new teacher induction, by providing each student with a variety of mentors. Each mentor helps guide the student through specific aspects of their pathway to a teaching career.
Our pre-service teachers and graduates report that they felt better prepared for teaching as a result of the mentoring provided by our program. Our in-service teacher graduates report that they feel better supported because of our online induction mentoring. In addition, our in-service teacher graduates are remaining in the profession.
The success of our program highlights the need to provide pre-service teachers, as well as in-service teachers in their first few years, with mentors who can help guide and support them as they navigate thsi challenging but rewarding career path.