Noyce Scholars
Yookyung Chung

Yookyung Chung headshot

Program
M.T., secondary science

Undergraduate major
Biology

Current subject area and level of teaching
Biology, grades 9-10

Where are you currently teaching?
George Wythe High School, Richmond, Va.

Background
I attended Virginia Tech to study biological science. During my second year in college, I spent a semester in South Africa as an exchange student which allowed me to participate in a research project studying ocean ecosystem. Upon graduation, I started post-baccalaureate program to study physiology and biophysics at Medical School of Virginia. Before I started working in education field, I visited countries in Africa and Asia to participate in missionary work and volunteered at a research facility for Aquaponics systems. My current interest is in alternative agriculture system and self-sustained lifestyle.

Why do you want to teach?
Science is a part of our lives because it explains the world around us. I believe that studying science will broaden understanding of the world around students and it will teach the skills needed to approach most problems in an analytical and logical manner. It also teaches students to become critical thinkers. I want to teach because I can inspire students by bringing my past experience and knowledge in various science topics into the classroom.

Please tell us about a memorable teaching experience and why it stands out in your mind.
The most memorable teaching experience is when I observe the reactions of students during experiments or demonstrations. It excites me when their eyes are so focused on observing the process of the reactions every time I do the lab with them. It really triggers their curiosity and imagination as they try to understand the scientific process.

What has the Noyce program meant to you?
The Noyce program prepares me to be a more equipped secondary school teacher. I am able to gain new ideas, insights and perspective from experienced educators and professors. It wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t receive scholarship through the Noyce program.