Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Chemistry
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Physical Teaching (th
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Noyce Teaching Fellow
Name of Noyce institution:
University of Northern Colorado
Current academic or teaching status:
1 year experience
School and school district:
Kelly Walsh High School, Casper, WY
I grew up in a small town outside of Pueblo, CO. I went to a high school with early college abilities that allowed me to graduate from college with 70 college credits and an Associates of Science degree. I went on to the University of Northern Colorado to obtain my degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Science and Chemistry. I moved to Wyoming and am teaching in Casper now.
Why do you want to teach:
I love working with students. They are energetic and little scientists. Students are the future and they need positive role models and teachers that will support and encourage them throughout their education. I enjoy watching students develop a passion for scientific inquiry and knowledge.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
One day a student was struggling with learning the concept of density. After a test, the student came in to tutor the concept to gain mastery. The student and I worked on three different lab activities that day and I saw the lightbulb moment. She finally was able to conceptualize density and apply that to various examples. It was a great moment to watch the joy expand all over her face when she knew she finally understood.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The NOYCE program has helped me find employment opportunities, gain professional development, provide financially during my last year of college and provide me with fabulous advisors that have helped me find resources on classroom management, inquiry activities and lab activities.