Noyce Scholars
Shannon Fasing

Shannon Fasing headshot

Program
M.T., biology

Undergraduate major
Biology

Background
I was raised in Bristow, Va. Throughout my childhood and teenage years I was tutoring at school, coaching tennis and being a counselor at summer camps. My first two years of college were at Northern Virginia Community College, where I was vice president of the Heart to Heart Charity Club.

I received my bachelor's degree in biology with a chemistry minor in December 2015. Throughout my undergraduate career, I mentored at Carver Elementary School and served as president for the National Science Teacher Association VCU Student Chapter — a position I still hold.

This past summer, I was an intern at California State University’s STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program, integrating science research and inquiry-based curriculum.

Why do you want to teach?
Teaching has always been my dream. I want to inspire students to set goals for themselves, to push them past their comfort zone and bring light to their capabilities. I plan to build relationships with every one of my students to help them succeed on an individual level. I love biology and I cannot wait to create innovative ways for my students to understand and investigate the world around them.

Please tell us about a memorable teaching experience and why it stands out in your mind.
In high school, I was a chemistry tutor. A student was taking chemistry for their second time and had given up on the subject. I worked closely with him after school every day. When he got frustrated, I reminded him of what he was doing right and that we just need to go step by step. Throughout the year, he progressively did better, going from failing grades to average. My favorite moment is him running up to me flaunting his final test grade, an A.

What has the Noyce program meant to you?
The Noyce program means everything to me. It gives me the opportunity, tools and education I need to accomplish my goal. Through this program, I am a part of a community that is all focused on the success of students. I am grateful to be among those who I can learn from and collaborate with.