Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Biology
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: 6-12 Biology or Life Science
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Fifth year or post-baccalaureate Noyce scholar
Name of Noyce institution:
Kennesaw State University
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
I majored in Biology with a minor in statistics at Kennesaw State University. Upon graduation I worked for a chemical company in their Environmental, Health, and Safety Department working with data in a statistics program. I was quickly unsatisfied and after about 2 years I quit and began my Masters program to teach Biology at Kennesaw State University.
Why do you want to teach:
I have always had a passion for helping kids and wanting to teach them in some form whether is was through tutoring or volunteering at basketball camps. Along with that passion for kids I also have a genuine passion for Biology. I love every topic of it, even the plants, and want to show that enthusiasm to my students.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
I think we have all had many teaching moments but for me the one that stand out in my mind is when the students have an a-ha moment right in front of you. It finally clicks for them and there is no better feeling than actually seeing that happen!
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
I think the NOYCE program made my experience in obtaining my Masters degree ten times better. I have loved every aspect and benefit that has come from this program. I have learned a lot more in the field of teaching through this, I have made friends that I know I will keep in contact with for many years to come, and I appreciated all of the opportunities provided by the program.