Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Physics; Philosophy
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Secondary Mathematics
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Noyce Teaching Fellow
Name of Noyce institution:
Math For America - Los Angeles
Current academic or teaching status:
2nd year teacher
School and school district:
Claremont High School (Claremont Unified School District)
Born and raised in Pasadena, CA, I was fortunate enough to have teachers who turned my natural love of math into a way of thinking and a way of life. I ended up at Harvey Mudd College, where I majored in physics and philosophy while making time for other worthwhile growth opportunities.
Why do you want to teach:
I want to teach because a good teacher is what gets people thinking about their lives in healthy and meaningful ways. I wouldn’t be who I am without my teachers, and I’m proud of who they helped me become. I want to help my students the same way.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
A high five. During a final review game of Jeopardy, one group was having an excellent discussion about the question. The time came to give an answer. They were correct, and the group, a mix of lower-middle and upper-middle achievers, all shared a high five, genuinely proud of their work. To see a mix of students take such pride in their work is incredible to me, especially considering the fact that some of the students were ones who had a history of apathy towards the material.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program allows me to be a part of MfA Los Angeles. This is an incredible program, and I honestly don’t know what I would do without the support of the excellent people – both the fellows and administrators, who are always looking out for us.