Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: MAT Physics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: High school physics
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Noyce Teaching Fellow
Name of Noyce institution:
Kennesaw State University
Current academic or teaching status:
1st year teacher
School and school district:
River Ridge High School, Cherokee County School District
I graduated with a B.S. in Physics from Georgia Tech in 2009. Afterwards, I worked at Oak Ridge National Lab as a research assistant until I moved back to Atlanta in May of 2011 to pursue teaching. I am now a new teacher at River Ridge High School and will complete my Master’s in Teaching Physics in December of 2013.
Why do you want to teach:
I want to inspire students to become life-long learners. I want to help them realize and exceed their potentials. I want students to leave my class with the critical thinking skills and a knowledge of the scientific method that will help them in all facets of their lives after high school.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
The feelings I experience when I can help a student overcome a challenge and gain a new level of respect for themselves are amazing.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program has allowed me to give 100% of my focus towards my Master’s degree as I don’t need additional sources of income. I’ve been able to get the most out of the experience, and for that, I’m extremely greatful.