Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: B.S., Biology
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Composite Science, grades 6-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Fifth year or post-baccalaureate Noyce scholar
Name of Noyce institution:
University of Texas at Arlington
Current academic or teaching status:
Post-Baccalaureate, Student Teacher
School and school district:
James Martin High School, Arlington Independent School District
I was born in Hong Kong, China and moved to Texas when I was 7. I attended public schools in Arlington before I attended the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). During my college years, I became quite involved with table tennis, eventually creating a club with my friends. Later on, I held the position of Vice President and President of the UTA Table Tennis Sport Club before obtaining my Bachelor's of Science in Biology in May of 2017.
Why do you want to teach:
I remember taking computer science in high school, where my teacher was an exemplary role model. Even though I did not enjoy computer science, nor was I good at it, I still took the course for three years because of my teacher. He truly made the class fun and entertaining as well as subtly teaching us the ways of life. Many external factors since high school started to cascade upon each other when I took Microbiology in college. I eventually became the TA and later the lead TA of the Microbiology Lab where I found my calling and passion.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
One experience I recall was teaching an AP Chemistry class. While the students were working on some practice free-response questions, I went around to answer any student questions. One student in particular had trouble with a combustion reaction. In the back of my mind, I came up with an analogy that really helped the student understand the concept. This feeling of accomplishment has really motivated me to continue the pursuit of lifelong self-enrichment and teaching.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce Program has not only provided the opportunity to teach without worrying about financial needs, but also giving me the resources to better myself as a teacher. Through the Noyce Program, I have been able to speak to other fellow teachers to exchange ideas and lessons and allow myself to change and improve the classroom environment.