Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: B.S., Biology
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Elementary Science, grades 1-5; Biology, grade 6
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Internship at the Utica (NY) Zoo
I grew up in Chittenango, New York. I have always had a passion for animals, nature, and working with kids. I pursued biology in college and decided to share what I learned through teaching.
Why do you want to teach:
All through middle and high school I had very influential teachers who caused me to want to become a teacher. My jazz band conductor was most instrumental in my decision. His humor, patience, and passion for music and teaching made me want to share those qualities with my future students. I believe teaching is what I am meant to do, and I want to make a positive difference in the lives of future generations.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
When I did my internship at the Utica Zoo, I did “walk abouts” where I would take a friendly animal, such as a tortoise or a snake, and walk around the zoo to educate visitors about the animal. I remember taking out the Leopard Tortoise, Leo, and the kids would just love him. They asked me questions such as “where does he live in the wild?”, “what are the markings on his shell for?”, and “what does he eat?” I would happily answer them and share other facts while letting them pet his shell. This was a memorable experience for me because of the excitement in the children and their interest in learning more about the animal.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program has given me the support and recognition I need to become a teacher. I really appreciate this award and all that the program offers. It will help me to become the best teacher I can be.