Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Math BA
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Math - SH/MS
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Fifth year or post-baccalaureate Noyce scholar
Name of Noyce institution:
California State University, Northridge, CSUN Robert Noyce Scholarship Program
Current academic or teaching status:
semester of the Traditional Single Subject Math Credential Program
School and school district:
Student teaching at John Sutter Middle School, Los Angeles Unified School District
I’m an Asian American, originally from Vietnam. I came to the U.S. with my grandparents when I was thirteen and have resided in the San Fernando Valley ever since. I graduated from Canoga Park High in 2002. Then I attended UCLA and CSUN in Computer Science & Engineering and Mathematics, respectively. Now I am at CSUN working toward a secondary teaching credential.
Why do you want to teach:
I find teaching both challenging and rewarding.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
Last week, I just had my first student teaching experience. It didn’t go quite according to plan. In the process, I learned a great deal about teaching this specific group of students. The majority of them aren’t motivated to learn math. But I noticed they were willing to work with me more than by themselves. I think next time I will design a lesson more suited for their level, skill, and learning modalities.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
Besides the financial assistance, the Noyce program has given me an opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow credential students. That certainly helps me refine my teaching methodologies.