Noyce Scholar Profile
Undergraduate major or graduate field of study: Education Math/Science
Subject area(s) and grade level teaching focus: Math and Science, grades 4-8
Category of scholarship/fellowship:
Name of Noyce institution:
University of Texas at Arlington
Current academic or teaching status:
School and school district:
Grand Prairie District/Andrew Jackson Middle School
I am a 24-year-old veteran of the United States Marine Corp. I have completed 80 hours of observation in the classroom and began student teaching during the Fall 2016 semester. I also love sports so I plan to coach as well. I am from Dallas, TX and have 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
Why do you want to teach:
When I was a young girl, I was the oldest of my siblings and some cousins and in the summertime we would play school. Of course I would be the teacher because essentially I knew the most. At that point in time I had already gained the quality of wanting to help others by teaching them. Early on, math became my favorite subject. When I found out that most students feel that math is the most challenging, I wanted to take on the challenge to change their minds.
Describe a memorable teaching experience:
I was watching a video by Rita Pierson, and she said, “You can’t learn from who you don’t like.” I agree with that very much, thinking about my own experience as a student. In class, I am very accessible to help my students with their independent assignments. This changed a particular student's attitude in class and about math. At "Meet the Parents Night," I spoke with that student's parents. They told me that their daughter spoke highly of me; that was the most amazing feeling of my life. To reach a student and to have them share it with their parents.
What does the Noyce program mean to you:
The Noyce program has not only met my financial needs to pursue teaching, but it has also prepared me to be the best professional I can be. The professional development seminars are absolutely amazing and are helping me to become the educator that I need to be for those students. I am very grateful for the opportunity to further my education and to continue to grow while keeping in mind that learning never stops.