I was born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and then came to Florida right before high school. I came to USF in 2000 where I started my general classes in engineering. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue with it. Therefore, I was always interested in mathematics and how it related to the real world. I became student in a new program at USF and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics.
I continued to take classes as a non-degree seeking student at USF in the Math and Statistics department. But, I constantly tossed around different career ideas and was never sure exactly what I wanted to do. I was offered to be a peer leader for Dr. Rebecca Wooten in the USF Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2009. There, I assisted professors and students in the course, STA 2023 – Introductory Statistics I. I tutored different students on an individual basis and even lead review study sessions in a classroom prior to their exams. This resulted in many students improving their grades. As a result, many students thanked me tremendously for my help and dedication throughout the semester. After this, I felt like I made a difference and it showed that I did. I was passionate about teaching.
As a result, I then transitioned to the MAT program in Mathematics Education. I took a few classes in Mathematics Education and loved all of them. The MAT and Noyce STEM Scholars programs can help combine my content knowledge and it’s teaching knowledge to really make a difference to many students. I want to be a successful teacher and really want to make mathematics real fun to learn. I hope by doing this that many students contribute knowledge and continue to apply it to their successful careers. I am confident that I can do this by choosing this fun career.