Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: BA Mathematics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Mathematics, grades 9-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Fifth year or post-baccalaureate Noyce scholar
Name of Noyce institution:
California State University Stanislaus
Current academic or teaching status:
CSU Stanislaus Teaching Credential Program
School and school district:
internship at Orestimba High School, Newman-Crowslanding Unified School District
I was born into a low-income Hispanic immigrant family. I was the first member to graduate college. I was a high school drop out and had tried an array of jobs until I realized I was not happy with my life. I decided to go back to school and seek my purpose in life along with a career.
Why do you want to teach:
I want to teach because I want to make a difference in students’ lives. I was a high risk student and while I was in school, I did not have the right guidance so I want to be the guide and the adult the students need.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
A memorable teaching experience was when a student told me, “This is the first time I actually get math, I am interested in it, and the first time I’ve held an A in any math class.” This was memorable to me because I was able to change my student’s perception of mathematics and his ability in a positive way. I realized that I was actually making a difference.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program changed my life. It helped me discover my passion for teaching mathematics. The Noyce program provided me with an array of services which include professional development and one-on-one mentoring.