Science had always been a favorite subject of mine and throughout college I had tutored many high school students in the different branches of science. After I graduated college with my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education I landed a position at a school teaching 5th and 6th grade science. I was excited about science because I had loved biology as a student and had even pursued a degree in sports medicine before changing my degree to teaching. Throughout my first year teaching I really enjoying teaching science and found that the students and I had energetic and engaging classes as we learned about biology, meteorology, physics, and chemistry. My mind had been exposed to all types of science and at the end of the year I passed the AEPA Middle Grades General Science test so that I could teach 7th grade science as well.
As the small school I worked at continued to grow, I adjusted what I taught, expanding my knowledge up to 7th grade ...view middle of the document...
In addition to participating in the study I facilitated the meetings for our district and another nearby teachers involved in one branch of the study.
This year, I find myself teaching seventh grade science. Again I find myself enjoying our science content and my seventh graders continue to love absolutely everything about science. I’ve fine-tuned my scientific teaching to include continuous lessons in note-taking and study habits. I’ve discovered the joy of teaching in song as even my “too cool for school” students cannot seem to help themselves when I share a new song to help them learn. It makes me smile when I ask a question about something I had taught them two years ago to hear students quietly sing, “There are 3 ways that heat can travel, and it can travel in any direction. From the Sun to the Earth as quick as a shadow, and disperses in radiation, conduction, and convection…”
My science students and I have explored and investigated many different science concepts over the years. I have organized field trips to other states, and even to nearby hiking areas for students to analyze rocks. As I continue to teach, I find that, just like I encourage all my students, it is time for me to continue my own education. The STEM study has concluded this past winter and I am excited at the opportunity to jump right into this Master’s Program. I’ve looked at a variety of programs offered at different universities and by far the MAST program offered at NAU excites me the most.
A Master’s degree in Scientific Teaching will enable me to become a better teacher, allowing me to reach my students and assist them in ways I may not have thought about before. I hope to use the knowledge I learn through this program immediately sharing it with the students as soon as I have learned it. In the future, I know that this Master’s will expand my career opportunities, giving me a chance to teach at a higher level later on in my career. I always enjoy learning and I am so excited at the idea of jumping back into a science related program. I feel that my past and current teaching positions make me a great candidate for your program and that I have a great foundation on which to build. I hope that I can join you this summer.