Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: MAT Secondary Mathematics Education
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Mathematics, grades 6-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Fifth year or post-baccalaureate Noyce scholar
Name of Noyce institution:
Georgia State University/Urban Mathematics Education Ptrogram
Current academic or teaching status:
Third Year Teaching
School and school district:
Maynard Jackson High School, Atlanta Public Schools
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. After experience in the engineering field, I began to teach at a day care center. Shortly thereafter, I realized my love for teaching and began working on my Master’s degree.
Why do you want to teach:
I enjoy the smile on a child’s face when they realize they understand. It is a joy like no other. Teaching students to take ownership of their learning and thus their life, let’s me know that they will add value to society.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
One of my most memorable teaching experience was when a student presented his final project. The student was very quiet and presented mediocre work. During final presentations, the student completed his statistics project on grades being determined by the number of hours a student studied. Although his project (results) were not according to plan, his explanation of the errors and expected results were profound. He not only connected the math, but made some of the numbers using reasoning and justified his errors with statistical measures.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce Program has extensively prepared me for the classroom. While no amount of preparation can help you to be ready for the first day, I still believe that the program gave me a great foundation and support system that has propelled me through my career.