Noyce Scholars
John Ryan Nunez

John Ryan Nunez headshot

Program
M.T., biology

Undergraduate major
Biology

Background
I was a teaching assistant for Professor Totaro in courses UNIV 111,112 and a higher achievement site aid/mentor.

Why do you want to teach?
I want to be able to touch the lives of children in a positive way. The teachers I've had in the past have helped shape me to become the person that I am proud to be, and I want to be that influence to students. I want to enjoy learning and I want to be there to educate and support whoever I have in my classroom every step of the way. It has been my dream to teach; when I made this decision, I knew that I never wanted to turn back.

Please tell us about a memorable teaching experience and why it stands out in your mind.
I am a part of the sixth cohort of the Richmond Teacher Residency program and I have just started co-teaching with my mentor at the start of this current school year. And every single day has been a memorable experience for me. I have felt myself grow to become a better teacher than I was before, definitely with more confidence and more smiles. I love being in the classroom and seeing my students, so it isn't just one memorable experience to key in on. Seeing each one of my students' faces each school day is a memorable experience in itself.

What has the Noyce program meant to you?
The NOYCE program means a lot to me because it has given me another avenue to learn valuable information and knowledge I need to grow as a teacher. The fact that this program provides many resources and knowledgeable people that will help me along my journey is something that I appreciate and am thankful for every day.