Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Science Education
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Science, grades 5-9
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Master Teaching Fellow
Name of Noyce institution:
Xavier University of Louisiana
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
Sophie B. Wright Charter School
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle School Education from Xavier University of Louisiana, my certification in the state of Louisiana in Middle School Science, and earned my Master’s Degree in Middle School Science Education (5-9) from Western Governors University. I am currently working on my second Master’s Degree in Biology Education (5-12). I am also an active member of the National Science Teachers Association. I have always been interested in science. I enjoy watching the Weather Channel, Discovery Channel, and any movies involving science and technology. Other than science and teaching, I enjoy playing video games, painting, shopping and coaching the cheerleading team at my school.
Why do you want to teach:
I want to continue teaching middle school science or high school Biology and Physical Science.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
The most memorable teaching experience was during my first year of teaching. My physical science class was composed of thirty-three 6th grade boys. Every day after each class, I would go into my closet and cry. I wasn’t sure if I was doing my best with this group, and it was very difficult teaching a very large group of boys. The very last day of school, my students made me a card thanking me for being such a wonderful teacher and not giving up on them. I told my students that I was thankful that they never gave up on me.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce Program has given me the opportunity to strive to become a better educator in and outside of the classroom. Because of this program, I am currently a candidate to become nationally board certified in education.