My name is Khrystina Campos, I was born and raised here in Tampa, FL where I spent the entirety of my primary and secondary education in the public school system. I am quite thankful for this and feel that it served me well in educating and preparing me for my subsequent ventures. Once I graduated high school, I came to USF and obtained my Bachelor of science degree in Biology and minored in Public Health. I always knew I would pursue a science education, but was never entirely sure how I would evolve this into a career. I contemplated a variety of career paths yet always failed to feel content with my decision, ultimately I came to the realization that becoming a teacher was what I genuinely wanted, and the deliberation was over.
I can say that the experiences of my own educational career and the influence of valuable teachers helped me realize my teaching aspirations. As an adolescent I had the misfortune of losing a parent while in school, yet the solicitude and kind gestures of teachers who were considerate helped make this time less difficult for me. This experience helped me understand what a valuable position teachers hold not only in educating their students but to be a part of their journey through youth. I am eager for the opportunity to share knowledge and excitement about the science discipline and to be a person of support to the student who needs it.
I have always told myself I want to be a student forever and lifetime learner, I know that this desire can be fulfilled through teaching. I earnestly believe that my capabilities would be best served by becoming a secondary teacher, I want to connect with students and share a love for science and what is has to offer. I am very grateful to be a part of the Noyce STEM Scholars program, which is allowing me to realize my aspirations.