Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: M.S., Photophysics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Chemistry and Physics
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Fifth year or post-baccalaureate Noyce scholar
Name of Noyce institution:
Duke University, Master of Arts in Teaching
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
Jordan High School, Durham Public Schools, NC
I have a B.S. in Chemistry from North Carolina State University. I completed a M.S. in Ultrafast Spectroscopy at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill while studying photo-sensitive systems for application in solar energy technology. While instructing senior level chemistry courses at Chapel Hill, I found I had a strong interest in teaching and education and pursued a MAT at Duke University. I have taught all levels of students at my current school and I am the Science Club coach. I also help arrange internships in research laboratories at local universities for students who are interested in pursuing science as a career.
Why do you want to teach:
I teach because being an educator is rewarding to me on multiple levels. I get to meet hundreds of people every year and pass on my knowledge and experience to them. My colleagues provide excellent support and feedback. I am mentally stimulated everyday by creating effective lessons for students who are hungry to learn. In short, the teaching career provides a theater for one to have a great impact.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
I will always remember my students competing in the Science Olympiad: when they struggle to independently overcome technical hurdles, their celebration when they succeed, and their “all-for-one” cohesiveness as a team.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The financial support of the Noyce program was the key element that allowed me to pursue a rigorous, full time MAT program. Similarly, the workshops sponsored by the Noyce program have also provided a venue for veteran and new teachers to exchange knowledge and ideas for effective teaching practice.