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Cortney I have always had teaching in the back of my mind for a possible career but I was not sure if it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I joined the Noyce program hoping to find an answer to this question that I had been battling for awhile. This summer not only was one of the most rewarding summers of my life, but I found were I belong. Watching the students grow and learn new concepts because I taught it to them was an amazing feeling. Because of Noyce, I now know that teaching is the right career for me and I am looking forward to the future.
Jacqueline Krikorian After holding academic positions in research and teaching at the university level for several years, I realized my real love was seeing students' success as they learn new ideas in science. At the same time, I realized there is an enormous need for good teachers in secondary science education in our country. To take on that new challenge, it meant a transition from teaching at the college level to the high school level. At first, I was not sure if I would succeed at the new challenge. In the summer Noyce program, for the first time, I had the opportunity to teach science to high school students. It was enormously gratifying to see that, with my help, and using the teaching methods I learned over the summer, they learned new concepts in science and gained confidence in their abilities to do more. By being able to teach right away, it confirmed for me that becoming a secondary science teacher is the right choice for me.
Joannah Fine
Rory Holderness
Synthia Dabiri


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