Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Physics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Physics, Mathematics, grades 9-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Master Teaching Fellow
Name of Noyce institution:
Arizona State University TEAMS Masters Program
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
Brimhall Junior High, Mesa Public School District
I am married with three small children. I love my family and participating in the community in whatever way possible. I have always been passionate about teaching, but it has taken me a while to realize that it is my desired profession. I graduated with my first degree in construction management and worked in that field for several years. I eventually realized that money was far less important than I thought. I am excited to now do something that I am truly enthusiastic about.
Why do you want to teach:
I think the world has a shortage of quality teachers who sincerely care about the success of their students. I can relate well to teenagers and often think they are simply misunderstood a lot of the time. I am excited for the opportunity to peak their interest in science and prepare them for success in a college education and life.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
My most memorable teaching experiences involve my children. So many times you don’t think they are listening and then one day they surprise you. I have heard many stories of teachers who experience something similar from students who contact them many years after being in their class to express how the teacher made a difference in their lives.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program has made my certification possible. With a young family to take care of, I would not have been able to complete this Masters program without the aid that came from the Noyce scholarship.