Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Earth Science Education
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Earth Science, grade 9
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Fifth year or post-baccalaureate Noyce scholar
Name of Noyce institution:
York College, CUNY
Current academic or teaching status:
New Teacher, Fall 2011
School and school district:
Harry S. Truman High School
I have always been passionate about Earth science. Even as a kid, I couldn’t wait to get out and explore nature. I’ve been a city girl for over twenty years, but getting back to nature is what recharges me. I’m continuously fascinated by seeing how the Earth renews itself.
Why do you want to teach:
My hope is to share my passion. While not everyone will fall in love with my subject matter, I do feel that I can make it relevant to them and help them to better understand the world around them.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
Early in my education observations, I was helping ELL students who were learning about earthquake focus at subduction zones. A boy could not grasp that the further the distance from the point of subduction, the deeper the focus. I found myself pantomiming; I took a step away from our “fault line” (a seam in the linoleum) and asked the boy where the earthquake happened, on the surface? He said “no, it’s down” so I stooped. We repeated this question, and I stepped and stooped, stepped and stooped. I saw the look of comprehension. His friend was looking curiously at me in my stooped position and asked his friend what I was doing. I looked on as he explained to his friend the concept of focus depth with respect to distance from subduction point. At this moment, I realized how much I truly enjoy teaching.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
Being a Noyce scholar has been incredibly rewarding. The recognition of hard work well done and the opportunity for continued improvement is greatly appreciated. The financial support has allowed me to focus more on my teaching. I encourage all my classmates to strive for this honor.