Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Master of Arts in Mathematics
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Mathematics, grades 9-12
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Noyce Teaching Fellow
Name of Noyce institution:
American University, Math for America DC
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
Two years student teaching at Western Michigan University
I have tutored for over a decade. I have been student teaching for the past two years at Western Michigan University. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Management Information Systems, and Chemistry in 2009 from Aquinas College. I also completed my Master’s of Arts in Mathematics in 2013.
Why do you want to teach:
I grew up in a neighborhood where the underdog was not appreciated when growing up. I had some amazing teachers who helped me to achieve greatness against all odds. If it wasn’t for those teachers who tried to help me, I most likely wouldn’t be where I am today. I want to be able to give back and give students those same opportunities and show them that they can make it no matter who says what to them.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
I was tutoring an AP Calculus student who hated mathematics. She was trying to get ready for college. I met with her twice a week and her grades really improved. At the end, the student and her family sent me a card thanking me for helping her overcome her fear of mathematics. It made me feel amazing that I could have such an impact on someone.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
It means a lot to me. It greatly helps me to make a good salary and takes some of the financial stresses off being a new teacher. It also provides an amazing mentoring program that I wish all teachers had the opportunity to use!