Noyce Scholars
Brendan Trache

Brendan Trache headshot

Program
M.T., secondary science

Undergraduate major
Environmental studies

Current subject area and level of teaching
Life science, grade 7 and earth science, grade 8

Where are you currently teaching?
Lucille Brown Middle School, Richmond, Va.

Background
My research-heavy background culminated with obtaining my M.S. in biology. I subsequently entered the Richmond Teacher Residency program and haven’t looked back.

Why do you want to teach?
I want to teach to give back to the community. But I also like to hang out with kids and talk about science.

Please tell us about a memorable teaching experience and why it stands out in your mind.
We were teaching our students about maps. Fortunately, we had handheld GPS units, and designed an activity around them. Students completed a scavenger hunt around the schoolyard looking for items based on latitude and longitude coordinates. A lot of our kids who are ordinarily disengaged in the classroom really got excited about the hands-on application of the GPS units.

What has the Noyce program meant to you?
It’s a great opportunity to connect with like minded teachers in training. We’ve also learned a lot about avenues to obtain crucial resources. The financial support is nice too.