Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Chemistry
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Secondary Science
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Master Teaching Fellow
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I’m from a small town in the lower peninsula of Michigan. I earned my BS in Chemistry from Central Michigan University in 2010. While in school I worked as a laboratory aide for general chemistry courses and in the chemical stockroom preparing laboratory experiments for said classes. After finishing my undergraduate years, I worked a few positions in the chemical industry before deciding to return to school to earn a graduate degree. I am honored to have been given the chance to pursue one of my all-time dreams of becoming an educator.
Why do you want to teach:
It’s no secret that I love science or that my enthusiasm for learning has no limit. Becoming a teacher has always been a part of my life plan, however it took some time to find the best opportunity. When I was an undergrad I loved being in the laboratory with students. I felt comfortable interacting with them by answering questions and helping improve laboratory techniques. I often tutored students outside of the laboratory as well. I have also had the privilege of being a part of the coaching crew of a local science olympiad program in Michigan. I work closely with high school students studying various scientific topics, including chemistry. These mentioned activities have provided me with a level of reward that I could never explain, and I know that my passion lies in science education.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
Most of my passion outside of the laboratory came from my experiences with science olympiad, and I wouldn’t trade those for anything. When attending group practices, team gatherings, and competitions, I always feel so comfortable and more at home than anywhere else. I love seeing the students work together to learn and compete, but I also enjoy that they look for guidance and encouragement from their leaders. I can’t even put into words how wonderful I feel when the group earns both individual and team awards. Having those types of interactions and experiences on a daily basis in the classroom will be beyond rewarding.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
I am honored to be a part of the Noyce program and to have the opportunity to work with the faculty and staff. Being chosen for this program means that someone believes in me enough to help me make my dreams come true. I am excited to engage in activities outside the standard curriculum. I will embrace every opportunity I have to network and to learn from my peers. I am ready to become an educator and am honored to have the support and recognition from this program.