I received my bachelor's in 1990 from Mount Holyoke College in biology and graduate courses at the University of California at Northridge in marine ecology. I've tutored, been a teaching assistant, laboratory instructor, and long term high school substitute teacher as well been a professional children’s entertainer for all ages. I enjoyed the interaction very much and want to positively impact my community.
I was teaching mostly 9th graders (freshmen) and had caught one student plagiarizing. I explained to him that he had broken school policy and had to meet with the assistant principal. I felt badly when I found out that a parent was called in for the meeting, and that he had cried during the meeting. The best product of all this was how his attitude had changed and he turned in a replacement assignment that far exceeded in quality any other assignment and showed such effort that I was touched and gave him full credit for the work.
Honestly, the Noyce program has made possible my going to graduate school to learn how to be an effective teacher in a needed subject. Without it, it would not be possible for me to attend school. The community would be without a highly qualified teacher, which is what I hope to be when completing this program.