Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Masters in Teaching
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Biology, Earth Science, grades 6-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Fifth year or post-baccalaureate Noyce scholar
Name of Noyce institution:
Virginia Commonwealth University
Current academic or teaching status:
2nd Year Masters
School and school district:
Henrico High School, Henrico County
My parents are from Kerala, India. I was born in Richmond, VA and lived here my whole life. My family are Pentecostal Christians with a community centered around our Indian church with my father as the current pastor (previously my grandfather). I received my B.S. in both Biology and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Why do you want to teach:
I believe education is a means for humans to reach their full potential in life. I want to contribute to society and help the rising generation understand how they can fully participate in society and apply knowledge to their personal lives. Students of today are the future of our world, and I want to be a part of shaping those individuals and empowering students who need an extra boost or support.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
I taught a lesson to a middle school life science class involving the various cell organelles. Students were given the opportunity to use poetry or rap as well as work in groups. I was able to see students light up and capitalize on this opportunity to express themselves. A few students used highly expressive poetry, while others provided a beat and rapped the functions of an organelle. I loved being able to connect with students and allow them an opportunity to use their interests in learning science.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
So far, the Noyce program means that I am connected to a group of educators who are striving for the best, are highly reflective, and provide support. I am able to receive necessary funding to help me along in my career, and I can maintain relationships with my peers and mentors who are all pushing beyond their boundaries to reach students.