Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Mathematics and Mathematics Education
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Mathematics, grades 9-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Name of Noyce institution:
North Carolina State University
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
Southern Lee High School, Public Schools of Lee County
I am from East Bend, North Carolina and attended Forbush High School. As a graduate from a high-needs school district, I realize the necessity of highly qualified teachers committed to excellence. I have witnessed the same challenges students face in these schools and want to do my part to make a difference in a district where I can be of most use.
Why do you want to teach:
When I applied to North Carolina State University, I knew right away that I wanted to pursue a double major in Mathematics Education and Mathematics in order to become a high school math teacher. This decision came easily because of my passion for young people and sharing my knowledge with others. It is also indicative of my devotion to obtaining a higher understanding of mathematics that will not only challenge me personally, but benefit my future students.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
One of my most memorable experiences has also been one of my most rewarding experiences. Last year, while tutoring at our cooperating school, I had the opportunity to help a student go over his failed exam and review his notes for better understanding. He was given the opportunity to retake his test after school and his scored improved 20 points! I really felt like I had made a positive difference in his understanding and mastery of the concepts for that test.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
Becoming a Noyce Scholar has not only prepared me with the resources I need, but also with the motivation of belonging to a like-minded program. The professional development conferences such as the national NCTM and North Carolina NCTM have been tremendous learning opportunities that I would not otherwise have had. Being a part of this scholarly community has been a true blessing and will undoubtedly make my fellow scholars and myself a cut above the rest!