Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Mathematics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Geometry, grades 9 and 10
Category of stipend/stipend/fellowship:
Undergraduate Noyce scholar (junior and/or senior year)
Name of Institution:
University of Texas at Arlington
Current academic or teaching status:
Second year of teaching
School and school district:
Irving High School
I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2015 after completing the UTeach program. During my 3 years in the UTeach program I created and implemented several inquiry lessons. I had the opportunity to teach multiple courses ranging from 8th grade math to Algebra 2. I also was able to teach at schools in several districts. I now teach 3 different levels of Geometry at Irving High School--inclusion, on level, and honors. I also sponsor the freshman cheer leading team.
Why do you want to teach:
I have always wanted to teach because I love math and helping students. Many students are afraid of math and come into class with a negative mindset. I enjoy helping students become excited about math and showing them that they are able to succeed. I usually do this by providing explorations and activities that help students visualize mathematical concepts. Once they can see for themselves and even discover these concepts, they have more faith in their success. This is what drives me to educate students every day!
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
In the beginning of the school year there were a few students who made class difficult. These students would find ways to disrupt class, not come to class, or refuse to complete work. I was able to find ways to make connections with them and support their interests. By attending their football games, speaking with them about their future plans, and taking the time to get to know them, I was able to gain their respect. Seeing these students change for the better and in return pass my class was something I will never forget. The best part is that these students continue to trust me and request my help in their new classes. Seeing that all students can be successful and that my impact can help ensure students stay on track motivates me to keep doing what I do.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
For me, the Noyce program means support, friendship, and opportunities. Without Noyce, I would have not been able to participate in professional development such as the Technology Tools for Today conference, Project Wild, and National Math and Science Initiative Training. These experiences provided me with materials and ideas that I have implemented in the classroom. I also was able to build relationships with other Noyce scholars. This helped me to make connections for finding a career and to meet others to plan lessons. The financial support from the Noyce program also allowed me to complete my student teaching my final year of college which required working less hours.