Degree(s) earned and from where: B.S. Civil Engineering, Colorado State University
Previous career: Civil designed sites for facilities
What made you decide to change to a career in K-12 teaching?
I have always loved working with kids, and I have done a lot of outreach on a volunteer basis to get kids interested in science and engineering. Doing this, I found that it that was my true passion, and I decided to make a full time career of it.
What attracted you to Kennesaw State University’s MAT program?
The ability to complete the Master’s Program and be ready to start my new career as a Physics Teacher in a little over a year was what first got me interested, and then after learning more about the program, I became more interested in their academics and the support they are able to offer their students through the I-IMPACT Noyce II Program. This program offers mentoring from the most successful teachers, professional development, and financial support.
What do you hope to learn by being a Noyce Teaching Fellow?
I hope to gain the skills necessary to be the very best Physics teacher I can be in the high needs school that I plan to teach in.
What challenges do you think exist in high needs schools that differ from non-high needs schools?
High needs schools experience lower attendance rates, and lower student success rates. They also experience much higher teacher turnover than non-high needs schools.