Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: B. S, Mathematics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Mathematics, grades 9-12.
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Noyce Teaching Fellow
Name of Noyce institution:
Current academic or teaching status:
Master of Arts in Teaching
School and school district:
Pre-practicum at Waltham High School, Waltham MA
I was born and raised in Togo (West Africa). I came to the United States in 2004 and attended Georgia State University where I graduated in the fall of 2008 with a B.S. in Mathematics. I started a graduate program in statistics before transferring to Boston University. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Arts in Teaching with a teacher credential through the Noyce Scholarship Program.
Why do you want to teach:
Teaching had been my passion for a long time. I believe that teaching is a wonderful way to give back to the society. A good teacher makes a lawyer, a medical doctor, or an engineer. I am interested in mathematics education to motivate those students who struggle in math by helping them find the enjoyment in mathematics.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
My memorable teaching experience was when I had to assist students with their group assignment during my pre-practicum at Waltham High. I had to explain to the small group what a slope is. With three different examples, I showed them how a slope can be defined. Applying what they had learned from my explanation, the group was the first to finish the assignment, and one of the students in the group was able to explain the concept to the whole class. What was nice was the students openly showed their appreciation to me.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce Program means a lot in my education path at this time. It provides me with great financial assistance for my graduate courses, and also support from the coordinators through meetings, networking, seminars, and workshops. Thanks to the Noyce Scholarship, my dreams are coming true.