Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Mathematics, grades 7-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Name of Noyce institution:
University of Tennessee Knoxville
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
Roane County High School, Roane County Schools
I grew up in Cleveland, TN. I have always been around education because my mom was a teacher, librarian, principal, and is now the Elementary Supervisor of Bradley County Schools. I had the opportunity to see first hand how teachers can make a difference in their students’ lives. From middle school on up, I was very interested in teaching math. I began my college career at Tennessee Tech, and then transferred to and have graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. I have thoroughly enjoyed my student teaching experience and can’t wait to begin my teaching career.
Why do you want to teach:
Teachers have the opportunity to change the world one student at a time. It is important that I teach using many different methods so that I can reach each every student. I will implement technology into my lessons, because I strongly believe that it is very beneficial to the students. Active learning will also be a part of my lessons, as well as different types of informal and formal assessment. It is very important that I keep a positive attitude and appreciate the value of change as well. I want to be a teacher who is always trying to find something better that will help my students learn. I want to be a good role model for my students who will be looking up to me. As a teacher, I have the opportunity to have a positive influence on their lives. I cannot wait to begin my teaching career and to help my students learn. I look forward to the challenge.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
In high school I had several awesome math teachers. One, in particular, stood out to me. My Pre-Calculus and Calculus teacher in high school had us create and keep up with student portfolios. We put our tests, certain student work, original ideas, and projects in it. It was really neat, because we felt really accomplished at the end of the semester when we looked back at the portfolio to see all we had done.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce Program has meant the world to me. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to purchase manipulatives for my future students that will allow them to learn better. I have always dreamed of my future classroom, and now my future classroom will be even better than my dreams, thanks to the Noyce program.