Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Chemistry
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Chemistry/Physics Grades 10-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Master Teaching Fellow
Name of Noyce institution:
University of Missouri-Kansas City, KC-TEACH Scholarship
Current academic or teaching status:
1st year Teacher
School and school district:
Turner High School, Turner USD 202, Kansas City, Kansas
I have a BS & MS in Chemistry. I spent 3 years as an ESL teacher in Romania to students in grades 3-12. I am currently teaching chemistry and physics as regular HS credit and also for dual college credit at Turner High School.
Why do you want to teach:
I love to see the light bulb come on in students eyes. It is even better when they understand that science skills are used in every day life. I teach science as not only a subject but also as a life skill that everyone needs.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
I recently had a review for a test a few days in advance of the test with my students. The review was a game of connect 4. The class was divided into two teams. It was great seeing each team work together to answer the question. But what really stood out was listening to them justify their answers to their group mates. The day before the test I had students asking if they could play connect 4 again. I did not have to monitor the game or play host. The students took complete control of their review. I was only present to answer a couple of questions or confirm that the answers were correct.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program has given me the chance to realize my dream of teaching urban students science without having to go into debt with student loans. I have also had the chance to attend a regional conference this past spring. It was so awesome seeing other people with the same passion I have for teaching urban students. The Noyce program lets me know that I am not the only person out there who wants to make a difference in the lives of young people who aren’t always given a chance to succeed.