Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Mathematics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Math, grades 6-12
Category of stipend/stipend/fellowship:
Undergraduate Noyce scholar (junior and/or senior year)
Name of Institution:
University of Texas at Arlington
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
I decided that I wanted to be a teacher in my senior year of high school. Because of that decision, I have pursued the knowledge and experience needed to be a highly qualified math teacher. I have been a part of the UTeach program since 2013 and also have tutored and been a volunteer teacher in various schools and institutions.
Why do you want to teach:
I want to teach because I want to help the next generation realize that math is not boring and can be used in real life. I believe that as a math teacher, especially in middle school, I can have a big impact.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
While I was volunteering in an elementary school, I became the private tutor for a student with severe ADHD. It was one of my first teaching experiences and was difficult. Eventually I was able to teach him after I found a way "to get to" him. It was very rewarding. I hope to have moments like this throughout my teaching career.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program has meant that I can focus on my studies and support myself. Before I received my scholarship, I had to work 50 hours a week while going to college. This impacted my grades--they started to drop. That was when I was awarded the Noyce scholarship. I was able to decrease my work hours to 20. Since then, I have been able to focus on school and learn much more.