Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Mathematics and Physics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Mathematics and Physics, grades 9-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Name of Noyce institution:
University of Texas at El Paso
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
El Paso and Ysleta School Districts
I was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. I am half German and half Mexican. I grew up in Peru. I am fluent in both Spanish and English. Being the fifth of six children was an amazing experience. We are a very close family and have an amazing support system.
Why do you want to teach:
I have always loved math, thanks to my dad. Children today have difficulties with math and science and that needs to change. I want to teach math or physics. I want to be a positive role model for these children and show them that math and science can be fun.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
I have had the opportunity to observe high school classes while in college. Last semester I was granted the opportunity to not only observe, but to teach one class. It was an Algebra class for freshmen. I had been observing the class for a week and had seen where the students’ strengths and weaknesses were. I decided to approach the students in a different way since they were having trouble grasping the basics. Class went smoothly, and I received compliments from the teacher. When I walked out of class, the students were waiting to thank me and to let me know that I had done a great job explaining and making things simple for them. Seeing their faces and knowing that they had learned something made everything that I have been working towards worthwhile.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce Program has meant an education for me. Being offered the opportunity to fulfill my dream while getting financial support is amazing. The opportunity to have mentors and support from people in my field is priceless. The Noyce Program is placing the foundation so that I may succeed in becoming a successful educator.