I am Vietnamese, and was born in Germantown, Maryland. My family moved to Florida when I was four, and we’ve been in St. Petersburg ever since. I received my Bachelor’s in Biology and Master’s in Medical Sciences at the University of South Florida. My desire to become a teacher dates back to as far as the elementary days. I was introduced to the Magic School Bus book series, and was hooked on life sciences for life! In high school, I was heavily involved in the sciences, and I especially loved biology. In college, as a graduate research assistant, I mentored new research personnel involving instruction of laboratory safety and standard operating procedures as well as experimental design and analysis. My happiest moments involved tutoring student volunteers in the lab. They relied upon me to explain the basic science background, therapeutic applications, and significance of each experimental design. Tutoring was inevitably my favorite part of the job, and I was rewarded with the knowledge that few of my students were interested in going into science education.
Coming into the MAT program, I know this decision is going to turn my childhood dream into a reality. The Noyce Scholars program has allowed me to pursue all the things I love, and things I never thought I would have the opportunity to try. One of which I am grateful for is earning valuable teaching and shadowing experiences through the field practicum. Most importantly, I am gaining a great deal of insight and knowledge as to how I may be able to build a strong community of learners in my future classes.