Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Biology
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Middle/High School
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Name of Noyce institution:
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School and school district:
The Thomas C. Giordano Middle School 45
I earned my high school diploma from De Witt Clinton High School; Macy Honor Program. I then received my AAS in Early Childhood Education from Westchester Community College. Now, I am studying at Lehman College for the remainder of my education.
Why do you want to teach:
My primary and secondary schools were in the Bronx. I want to give back to the community that I came from. The subject of science can open many doors in terms of career paths. As a teacher, I would like to thoroughly teach Biology content, while also inspiring students to continue their education and pursue a college degree.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
At a community after school program, I was helping middle school students with their homework. I was assigned to help this one student complete all of his homework tasks. The student understood and was able to complete his tasks, however he just needed some guidance to remain focused to complete it all. All of his friends were playing kickball in the gym; he desperately wanted to go play with them. So, we looked over all of the assignments that he had, and then we put them on a list. We then began working down the list, completing the homework tasks one by one. I feel like I helped an already bright student learn to organize and manage his work. This is an essential skill that will help him throughout all of his education.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
Noyce has been a blessing and incredible opportunity. I am grateful for the wonderful staff that helps support me here at Lehman College. This program has helped me to feel that society, and our federal government is trying to improve our education system. This program helps to sculpt amazing teachers!