Degree(s) earned and from where: Professional Track Bachelor’s in Chemistry degree from Kennesaw State University
Previous career: Forensic Laboratory Technician with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation
What made you decide to change to a career in K-12 teaching?
While I was in my undergraduate program, I worked as a Teaching Assistant and Tutor for the Chemistry department. It was then, that I discovered that I love teaching chemistry and helping students grasp difficult chemistry concepts. I also love the idea of changing students mindsets that chemistry is difficult to chemistry is interesting and fun! I realized that I was the most happy when I was able to do chemistry and teach chemistry, so I decided that I was ready for a career where I could do both.
What attracted you to Kennesaw State University’s MAT program?
Kennesaw State University is where I earned my Bachelor’s degree. I had a wonderful experience at KSU. The professors and staff are always willing to help students. I loved the small campus feel that KSU has even though it is a large school. I am thrilled to be able to continue my education here.
What do you hope to learn by being a Noyce Teaching Fellow?
I feel that being a Noyce Teaching Fellow opens doors for opportunities I would not have otherwise. I have already been able to attend a meeting among educators in the Noyce program where a panel of experts in the field answered questions and gave insight into their experiences in education. I have also been paired with a Master Teaching Fellow in the Noyce program which means that I have a mentor that I can go to with questions. These opportunities are helping me learn more about what being an educator means which is exactly what I am hoping to learn as a Noyce Teaching Fellow.
What challenges do you think exist in high needs schools that differ from non-high needs schools?
I think that high needs schools will be more challenging because there is a huge need for educators who specialize in content and pedagogy to help the students be the best they can be in that field. I think that there will also be challenges with funding in those schools.