Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Mathematics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: 7-12 math
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Noyce Teaching Fellow
Name of Noyce institution:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln MAmt
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
Omaha Bryan High School
I was a math major in undergraduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I enjoy math very much, but I wanted to find a job where I would have lots of interaction with people. I spent a year post-graduation subbing for Lincoln Public Schools and teaching dance. The Noyce Masters Teaching program at UNL was the perfect fit for me to become a secondary math teacher.
Why do you want to teach:
I want to teach High School mathematics. I enjoy a wide range of subjects from Algebra to Geometry to Calculus. I think it is just as much fun and a challenge to teach those who are struggling to those who are gifted and in the higher level courses. I find joy in teaching all levels of math.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
A memorable experience was when solving equations finally clicked for one of my students in my remedial Algebra class, and this student went from one who was very disengaged to one who participated often and showed excitement about his understanding of the math.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program has been a wonderful experience giving us the tools to become excellent math educators, specifically for those students in high-needs schools. I think that the challenge a high needs school brings is motivating, and I’m fortunate to have worked with the professors associated with the Noyce program who have given us a wealth of knowledge to work with our students, and a desire to continue our education and growth as teachers.