M.T., secondary science
Current subject area and level of teaching
Chemistry, grades 10-12
Where are you currently teaching?
Armstrong High School, Richmond, Va.
B.S. in chemistry, M.S. in chemistry, four years as a chemistry teaching assistant (TA)
Why do you want to teach?
I have read the overwhelming evidence that shows that our poorest children face the greatest educational challenges. It is because of this that I am drawn to teaching. I feel that students who attend underachieving urban schools deserve to be taught by highly qualified teachers who genuinely care for them. I want to see barriers knocked down and help these students realize what they are capable of achieving.
Please tell us about a memorable teaching experience and why it stands out in your mind.
My most memorable teaching experience is actually watching my grandmother teach. She is the reason for my interest in pursuing a career in teaching. She taught eighth grade math for 32 years and I credit her for my love of the discipline. As I continued to learn more I began to see the close relationship between math and science. I have always excelled in math, but in high school but I developed a love for chemistry also due solely on the fact that I had such an amazing teacher. It was then that I realized I wanted to pursue a career that combined my interest in both teaching and science and I fell in love with the idea of possibly one day becoming that teacher.
What has the Noyce program meant to you?
Noyce brings with it a valuable community of educators. Being able to have people to bounce ideas off of and share strategies with is important to me as I begin my career in teaching.