Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Masters of Arts in Teaching
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Biology and General Science, Basic Math, grades 6-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Fifth year or post-baccalaureate Noyce scholar
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I graduated from the University of Oregon with duel bachelor’s degrees in Family and Human Services and Biology. After graduating, I taught science and math in a small private school for two years. I have worked with high school students in a variety of different settings, but teaching is one of my favorites. I spent several summers guiding sea kayaking trips in BC, Canada. I love learning outside and sharing that experience with others makes it only better.
Why do you want to teach:
I want to teach because I see it as empowering the next generation. I also love sharing and learning about science. I think one of the best things is seeing students grasp something they never thought they could. It is an honor to walk through life with students.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
I gave my students an assignment in which they had to design a project that explained the process of photosynthesis. They could use any media they wanted. I remember sitting watching the presentations and being floored by the creativity displayed. Then one of my students grabbed his guitar and broke into a whole parody song about photosynthesis based on a Taylor Swift song. It was incredible, the science was sound, and it was a great day!
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program has allowed me to return to school to pursue my credentials and Master’s. I am honored to be supported and hope that I can in turn be that support for my students.