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Meet the Noyce Teaching Fellows

Noyce Teaching Fellows 2019-2020
Brian BoydBrian Boyd
Noyce II Teaching Fellow, Middle school math teacher

Brian graduated from Brandeis University in 2012 with a degree in mathematics. While completing his MAT, he interned at Linden STEAM Academy in Malden, Massachusetts. He now teaches middle school math at Mario Umana Academy in East Boston, where he also coordinates the soccer program.

View: Video Bio | Spring 2018 Final Reflection | Spring 2019 Final Reflection | Spring 2020 Final Reflection
Madeleine GibsonMadeleine Gibson
Noyce I Teaching Fellow, Elementary school teacher

Madeleine Gibson received her BS in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School. Upon completing the STEM Elementary Ed. MAT program at Tufts, she began classroom teaching in Boston Public Schools. After teaching 2nd grade for two years, Madeleine is excited to start co-teaching 3rd grade at the McKay K-8 School in East Boston.

Madeleine's Noyce Case Study has centered around Novel Engineering, a hands-on approach developed by Tufts to engage young minds with the engineering design process through literacy.

View: Spring 2019 Final Reflection | Spring 2020 Final Reflection
Barbara HarrisonBarbara Harrison
Noyce II Teaching Fellow, High school science teacher

Prior to joining the Noyce Project through Tufts University, Barbara completed undergraduate degrees in Biology and Theater Arts at Mount Holyoke College and then became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine through the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Barbara's transition into teaching was based on her strong desire to promote compassion and creativity in our society by empowering young adults to engage critically with the world around them. The Noyce Program gave Barbara a lens on the world that has helped her to be an effective teacher and mentor at Framingham High School, where she teaches Biology in both the science and special education departments.

View: Video Bio | Spring 2019 Final Reflection | Spring 2020 Final Reflection
Tom SnarskyTom Snarsky
Noyce II Teaching Fellow, High school math teacher

Tom received his MAT from Tufts in the summer of 2016, after student teaching at Malden High School in Malden, Massachusetts. He has taught mathematics at Malden High ever since. This year he is advising the Malden High School Philosophy Club as well as the Literary Society. Tom is a Noyce Teaching Fellow and also a Knowles Teacher Initiative Teaching Fellow.

"Being a Noyce Fellow at Tufts has allowed me to sustain a sense of professional community during my first few years as a teacher. The work I do with Noyce has given me space to pursue ideas and questions that feel vital to my practice, and to the specific challenges facing educators and their students in the here and now. The Tufts Noyce program has certainly helped to shape the way I think about teaching, and I am very grateful for its ongoing support."

View: Video Bio | Spring 2018 Final Reflection | Spring 2019 Final Reflection | Spring 2020 Final Reflection
Alex SpencerAlex Spencer
Noyce II Teaching Fellow, Middle school math teacher

Alex received her bachelor's degree in Economics and Educational Studies at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. While pursuing her MAT at Tufts, she interned in an eighth grade math classroom at Linden STEAM Academy in Malden, Massachusetts. She currently teaches sixth grade math at Rindge Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"My goal is to eliminate "I'm not a math person" from any students' vocabulary. Every thing we do is aimed around building their academic and social confidence. The best part of my day is seeing a student feel a moment of pride."

View: Video Bio | Spring 2018 Final Reflection | Spring 2019 Final Reflection | Spring 2020 Final Reflection
Mary SypekMary Sypek
Noyce II Teaching Fellow, Elementary school teacher

Before becoming a Noyce fellow, Mary attended Tufts University as an undergraduate and studied Biology and Child Development. As a graduate student at Tufts, she studied Elementary STEM and interned at Linden STEAM Academy in Malden, Massachusetts. She worked for one year as a fourth grade teacher in Boston Public Schools, and is now in her second year as a first and second grade teacher in Oakland, California.

"Teaching is work I love, and work I feel passionately about. I believe strongly in high-quality, justice-focused mathematics and science education, and I feel lucky to be learning with and from my students every day."

View: Video Bio | Spring 2018 Final Reflection | Spring 2019 Final Reflection | Spring 2020 Final Reflection
Sarah Van AukenSarah Van Auken
Noyce II Teaching Fellow, High school math teacher

Sarah received her BS in Mathematics at Tufts University before pursuing her MAT. During her time at Tufts, she interned at Medford High School, and now is in her first year teaching at Waltham High School!

"I love that I get the opportunity to instill in my students a love of learning, an ability to think critically, and a desire to problem solve!"

View: Video Bio | Spring 2018 Final Reflection | Spring 2019 Final Reflection | Spring 2020 Final Reflection
Adelaide XieAdelaide Xie
Noyce II Teaching Fellow, Elementary school teacher

Adelaide began her teaching in outdoor garden education. Through an Elementary STEM MAT at Tufts, she transitioned to more traditional classroom work while maintaining a passion for hands-on learning and interdisciplinary exploration. Adelaide completed her student teaching at Linden STEAM Academy in Malden, Massachusetts. For the last three years, she has taught first grade at Community Day Arlington Elementary School in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

View: Video Bio | Spring 2019 Final Reflection | Spring 2020 Final Reflection
Noyce Master Teaching Fellows 2018-2019
Martin BerrymanMartin Berryman
Noyce II Master Teaching Fellow, High school science teacher

Martin is an 11th year chemistry teacher at Malden High School in Malden, Massachusetts. He teaches AP* chemistry, honors chemistry, and college preparatory chemistry and physics. In addition to his work at Malden High School, Martin is also an adjunct chemistry professor at Bunker Hill Community College. He is the recipient of two Mass Insight Education Partners in Excellence Awards, two National Honors Society Teacher of the Year Awards, and a Yale University Educator Award.

"Noticing how I respond to students' formative assessment responses is now one of my primary teacher goals. The Tufts Noyce program encourages me to look critically at the orientations and actions I choose in the classroom."

View: Video Bio | Spring 2019 Final Reflection | Spring 2020 Final Reflection
Cara JoyceCara Joyce
Noyce II Master Teaching Fellow, High school math teacher

Cara earned her bachelor's degree from Stonehill College in Multidisciplinary Studies and Elementary Education. Cara pursued her masters in secondary math education from Fitchburg State University. Cara holds licenses in all grades 1-12 and currently is the Lead Teacher of Mathematics at Malden High School.

"I've always loved everything about school and learning. I could never get enough in my math and science classes and it inspired me to bring that same love to my students. Some days I'm motivated by that love of learning but I'm always motivated by the brilliant young mathematicians that enter my classroom each day. The way they embrace mathematical thinking in new and unique ways amazes me!

View: Video Bio | Spring 2018 Final Reflection | Spring 2019 Final Reflection | Spring 2020 Final Reflection
Kayla ScheitlinKayla Scheitlin
Noyce II Master Teaching Fellow, High school math teacher

Before becoming a Master Teaching Fellow at Tufts, Kayla earner her MAT through the Noyce program at Boston University. She is in her sixth year of teaching math at Malden High School. She is loving teaching sheltered Math 1 courses and AP Calculus AB. The Noyce program at Tufts has provided her a space to grow into a mentoring role, learn from new teachers, and delve into culturally responsive teaching.

"The perspective I gain and the conversations I have at our Noyce Saturday Symposiums really enrich me as a person and as an educator. I love teaching math, and Noyce supports and challenges me to do that better every day."

View: Video Bio | Spring 2019 Final Reflection | Spring 2020 Final Reflection
Katie SpakowskiKatie Spakowski
Noyce II Master Teaching Fellow, Elementary school teacher

Katie received her bachelors degree from St. Lawrence University in English. While earning her MAT at Tufts she interned at the Linden STEAM Academy in Malden, Massachusetts. She is currently in her fifth year of teaching third grade at Linden STEAM Academy.

View: Video Bio | Spring 2018 Final Reflection | Spring 2019 Final Reflection | Spring 2020 Final Reflection

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. DUE 1035342 and DUE 1439880. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed here do not reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.