Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Mathematics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Mathematics, grades 9-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Name of Noyce institution:
University of Hawaii Noyce Teacher Scholarship
Current academic or teaching status:
Entering 3rd year in college
School and school district:
Hey everyone! I’m 100% Filipino. I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. I graduated from Pahoa High School, class of 2009. My favorite sport is volleyball, but I enjoy playing most sports. I’m just a spontaneous type of guy.
Why do you want to teach:
Two of my high school math teachers inspired me to go into the teaching field. It was they who made me join Math Counts and Math League. After learning about why Math is an important part of everyday life, I decided to make those inspirations a reality. I want to create a positive in kids who are discouraged by the topic, and give them the confidence to attack any problem. I believe setting the right atmosphere in the classroom helps learning any topic come easily.
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What does the Noyce program mean to you:
It is a big honor to be in the first cohort of the Hawaii Noyce Teacher Scholars. It puts a great amount of pressure on making sure we (scholars) set an example for upcoming cohorts. Again, I am very fortunate to have been rewarded with this scholarship, especially with the guidance from our mentors. Entering this program is definitely a life changing experience; it is a reminder for me to work at the best of my ability and to be sure to make our mentors and family proud.