Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Biology
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Biology/Science, grades 9-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Master Teaching Fellow
Name of Noyce institution:
University of South Alabama
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
Mary G. Montgomery High School, Mobile County Public School System
I was born in Birmingham, Alabama. I have always pursued science as a creative and intellectual outlet. Recently, I graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Alabama. I am a musician and am bilingual (German). I am also a volunteer medic (EMT-B). I have participated in various research projects and continue to expand my knowledge of science through learning.
Why do you want to teach:
After studying abroad and returning to the United States, I see a big achievement gap among the students here in the US. I feel that I can reach many students and equip them with the tools necessary for success. I intend to bring a large portion of my wildlife research and field experience into the classroom.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
I taught for a short amount of time in a rural community school and was able to make a difference in the development and life skills of many students through science. I particularly enjoy working in rural areas where students may not have previously been exposed to the wonderful world of science. I remember extending science understanding beyond the classroom and relating it to horticulture and smart landscape design. This was a great activity, and all students loved the practical application. All of my teaching experiences to date have been memorable.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program and scholarship have provided me an avenue to pursue my interests and make a difference in the lives of students. The program has been a major relief financially and has helped me pursue my dreams of helping students through science.