Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Applied Biological Sciences, Secondary Education
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Biology, grades 9-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Name of Noyce institution:
Arizona State University
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
Williams Field High School, Higley Unified School District
I am married and a mother of 3 children. I went back to school in 2005, and have been ever so slowly working on my degree. I was born and raised in Arizona and have had GREAT teachers all throughout my education. I am currently in the third block of the teaching program at Arizona State University (ASU). I am also a student in the College of Technology and Innovation in the Applied Biological Sciences Department and do independent study work with one of my professors in the ASU plant herbarium. I am also currently studying for the SRM plant ID test.
Why do you want to teach:
I have had many teachers who have helped shape me into the person I have become. They not only taught me content knowledge, but life lessons as well. I want to be that kind of teacher to youth. There are so many kids out there who need positive role models in their lives. I hope to be one for all the students I will have.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
Since I am still an intern and do not spend too much time in the classroom, my most memorable teaching experiences come from teaching my own children. I love seeing the looks on their faces when they finally understand something. And it really isn’t so much that I taught them anything in particular, but it was the fact that I was there at a critical moment in their discovery of something new, and that I could guide them to it.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
I am new to the program this year and already I can see the impact it will make not only on my professional life as a teacher, but my personal life as well. The scholarship has been a huge blessing to my family. It is a struggle sometimes to survive and raise three kids on one income. I am also really excited about the opportunities I will have in being a part of the Noyce program. I am looking forward to the people I will meet, and the conferences I will attend that will improve my ability to be a great teacher.