Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Physics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Physics, grades 9-12
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Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, the baby of four children. I attended the local elementary, middle and high schools before choosing Towson University for its teaching program. I entered as an Elementary Education major before switching to Physics with Secondary Education in my sophomore year after taking a physical science course. Still working towards my diploma, I’m living in a house in Towson with three friends and working as a supervisor at a local cafe.
Why do you want to teach:
Teaching has always been a passion of mine. I remember making lessons for my Barbie dolls and practicing my teacher skills on the big chalkboard in the basement. School was challenging, yet enjoyable, and I think having as many wonderful, passionate teachers as I did made me want to have an impact on students in the same way.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
My Child Development Internship in my senior year was both the most fun way to end high school, and the most influential. I had the opportunity to return to my elementary school, as a student teacher with one of my former teachers, and work with the students every day. I got to see a variety of classrooms and had hands-on experience with early childhood reading and upper elementary math. It was a reflective time and for me cemented that I belonged in a school.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
Receiving the Noyce Scholarship has been one of the most amazing gifts of my college experience. Being part of a community of people who want to help you succeed and who will provide assistance in as many ways as they can has been amazing. My scholarship has lessened my financial burdens so that I can devote more time to my schoolwork and prepare myself for what may come.