Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Mathematics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Mathematics, grades 7-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Fifth year or post-baccalaureate Noyce scholar
Name of Noyce institution:
St. Joseph's University
Current academic or teaching status:
I will graduate with a Masters in Math Education in May 2012
School and school district:
I am originally from New Jersey, but go to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. When growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. Once graduating from high school though, I knew I wanted to pursue mathematics, specifically. Math is challenging, and the struggle to fully understand a concept makes me appreciate the subject matter even more. As a teacher, I will always be learning, which is what I love to do.
Why do you want to teach:
Teaching is unlike any occupation out there. Each day brings something new and exciting. I like to see how people learn and to help students figure out the best way to make learning fun and easy. In the world of education, it is about collaboration and support, which is why I want to teach.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
During my undergraduate studies, I was a Supplement Instructional Leader. I would sit in on a certain math class and then hold two, one-hour review sessions during the week. At these sessions, a lot of group work was done. A student was struggling with a bit of material, and I finally got through to him, which was memorable on its own. However, another student asked a question about the same topic the first student didn’t understand. That same student went over and helped explain the topic with confidence. In the end, both students understood the material. It’s amazing to see collaborative learning at its best.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program has allowed me to pursue a Masters in Math Education. It has given me the opportunity to take more courses about education and grow even more as a student. This growth is reflected in my ability to lead with confidence. Because of this program, I will be able to teach in Philadelphia and give back to a school district that has welcomed me throughout my college experience.