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Why did you choose your major?
I decided to be a mathematics major because I have loved math since elementary school. I always enjoy that it is both challenging and rewarding. Throughout high school I had several of inspiring teachers that helped spark further interest in the subject. I also would help my friends quite a bit in our math classes. It was a combination of these reasons that I decided to major in mathematics and teach in middle or high school.
What most excites you about the Carthage Noyce Scholarship Program?
The research experience was a once in a life time opportunity that I am eager to share with my students. I’m happy to be a part of a teaching network that will help me throughout college and my first years of teaching. I’ll also be able to support those that go through the program after me which I find exciting.
What has receiving this scholarship meant to you?
This scholarship has meant a lot to me outside of its financial aid benefits. It’s encouraging that the committee has faith in me to be a successful teacher and to have their support. I’m also pleased that Carthage is taking steps to encourage STEM majors to become teachers and have a positive impact on the local Kenosha community.
What most attracts you toward teaching?
I have always enjoyed helping people and I am attracted to teaching because every day I will have the opportunity to help and interact with students. I also want to break stigmas in math classes and create a beneficial and successful classroom for each of my students.
What has been your favorite part of the Noyce program so far and why?
My favorite part of the Noyce program so far is the research experience. It was a lot of fun to be able to dive a little deeper in math and put some of my skills from the classroom to use. Our group was also able to present at MathFest in Chicago which was a unique experience. I attended many short talks about teaching techniques in math which I am excited to incorporate into my future classroom.
If you are doing research this summer, tell us briefly the goal/objective of your project and what you find most interesting in this work.
The goal of my groups research was to create a model for magnetism using the Ising Model. We then wanted to extend the Ising Model from its discrete form into a continuous model.
What other activities are you involved in on campus?
I am the co-president of Tau Sigma Chi, a local co-ed fraternity on campus as well as on the swim team. I also am the president of the club water polo team.
What are your hobbies? What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy biking, cooking, hiking, water polo, and watching sports, all with good company of course.