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Noyce Teaching Scholars Selected


North Carolina State University announced the newest cohort of Noyce Mathematics Education Teaching Scholars (METS). The Noyce METS program is funded with about $1 million from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program. NC State’s local program aims to increase the number of highly qualified secondary mathematics teachers who double major in mathematics or statistics and mathematics education.

The scholars work together as a community with faculty at NC State and teachers and students at local high-needs high schools. The principal investigator of the Noyce METS II program is Dr. Karen Hollebrands, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor and Professor in Mathematics Education. The co-principal investigators are Drs. Hollylynne Lee, Laura Bottomley, and Molly Fenn.

Five scholars were recently selected to become a part of a national community of Noyce Scholars. As recipients, undergraduate students receive $36,000 for the last four semesters of their program to assist with tuition, living costs, conference travel, and technology materials.

Graduate students pursuing a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education leading to an initial license to teach middle or high school mathematics receive $25,000. Noyce Scholars develop an understanding of mathematics needed for teaching, are well prepared to be leaders in technological innovation for improving student understanding, and are committed to working with students in high-needs school districts.

NOYCE Scholars
(From left to right) Kelsey Maher, Emily Hunt, Rachel Nisbet, Clark Goldentyer, Rachel Coffman, Zaida Schuffert, and Margaret Leak

Kelsey Maher is a junior. She is double majoring in Statistics and Secondary Mathematics Education, and plans to student teach in Spring of 2017. Maher is a Resident Advisor and is part of the Women in Science and Education Living and Learning Village.

Rachel Nisbet is a junior. She is double majoring in Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics Education. Nisbet is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, treasurer of NCCTM Kappa Chapter, secretary for the Educational Council and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.

Rachel Coffman is a junior. She is double majoring in Mathematics and Mathematics Education, and plans to student teach in Spring of 2017. Coffman is involved with the NC State Catholic Campus Ministries group and Club Cross Country.

Zaida Schuffer is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching. She has an undergraduate degree in Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Schuffert is planning to student teach in Fall of 2016 and graduate in Spring of 2017.

Margaret Leak is a rising senior. She is seeking Bachelors of Science degrees in Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics Education, as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communications with a minor in Spanish. Leak plans to student teach in Fall of 2016. She is the president of NC State’s NCCTM Kappa Chapter, tutors middle school students at Student U, and is a College of Education Ambassador.