Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: MAT Mathematics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Mathematics, grades 9-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Noyce Teaching Fellow
Name of Noyce institution:
California State University, San Bernardino
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
San Bernardino High School, San Bernardino City Unified School District
I graduated with a BA in Mathematics from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). I then received a single subject math credential from UCR, and started working as a math teacher in the San Bernardino City Unified School District at San Bernardino High School in the 2008-2009 school year. I have had the opportunity to teach Algebra 1, Algebra Support, Algebra 2, and a California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) tutorial. In 2010-2011, I began my studies for a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics at California State University, San Bernardino, and also became a Noyce Teaching Fellow.
Why do you want to teach:
I started teaching because it puts together my two passions, helping others and mathematics. Although teaching high school math can be a difficult task, the pay off is very rewarding. I will continue to teach as long as it is my passion.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
One of the most rewarding teaching experiences has been teaching the CAHSEE math course that I was given. Those students had already been unsuccessful in passing the test their first time around, and some of them were already in their last year of high school. When the students earned their passing scores on the exam, it was a very rewarding experience. I sought to remove math as an obstacle for these students, and attempted to show them that math and problem solving skills were another useful tool in life.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program has created on opportunity to collaborate with other teachers not at my site, giving me a variety of teaching strategies and best practices. Through the lesson study that the fellows participate in, I have had the opportunity to experience a different perspective of a lesson that has affected how I plan my own lessons and activities.