Amanda Amundson moved to Colorado from Minnesota ten years
ago to attend CU Boulder. She earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental
Engineering. A few years ago, she started volunteering in two different
schools, in a science classroom and a math classroom. She then joined the
Denver Math Fellows program and taught math to ninth graders for two years. She
found that she loved teaching math and seeing the confidence the students
gained throughout the year. Besides having a passion for math and education,
she loves taking advantage of all that Colorado has to offer from snowshoeing
in the winter to hiking in the summer and also loves to cook.
Jacquelyn Melcher is a Colorado native, and loves the
outdoors. She has 5 nieces and nephews, and appreciates all the things she gets
to teach and learn from them. Jacquie graduated from
Metro State University with a degree in Mathematics, and is currently working
towards licensure and a Master’s. She is excited for her internship working
with 6th graders at North
Middle School and learning many strategies to becoming
an effective, relationship-driven teacher.
Melissa Romero is a returning Noyce scholar. She will be participating
in her second internship this fall at North Middle School, working with
advanced sixth graders as well as seventh graders. She has previously interned
at York International with 8-12th graders, North Middle with 6th grade fifth
block students, DSST Stapleton Middle School with 6th graders, and Aurora
Central High School with juniors and seniors.
Barbara Steward graduated in 2004 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
with a B.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition and a minor in
Mathematics, and earned her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences in 2009. She
worked as a college nutrition instructor, a research coordinator, and a
fitness professional before moving to Colorado and becoming a Noyce
Scholar in Fall 2013. She is currently enrolled in the Urban Community
Teacher Education Program to pursue her secondary math and science
licenses. On the side she enjoys teaching group fitness and cooking.
Maggie Chen completed earned her BS in Kinesiology from
Indiana University. She will complete her teaching license and a Master's in
Secondary Science Curriculum and Instruction in December 2014. Maggie hopes to
teach High School Chemistry and coach soccer or lacrosse after graduating from
the UCTE program. When she's not taking classes or teaching, Maggie enjoys
cooking, camping, and playing sports.
Tara Collister graduated with honors in Biology from CU Denver in 2013 and is currently enrolled in the MA program in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on secondary science. As an undergraduate, Tara was awarded a UROP grant in 2012 investigating the signal transduction pathway during Xenopus laevis fertilization and also worked as a Learning Assistant for General Genetics lecture. Tara looks forward to bringing her academic and research experience to the secondary classroom, and is excited to make science interesting and accessible to young adults. When not reading or studying, Tara is an avid karaoke singer and Colorado history buff who likes spectating the numerous sports and activities enjoyed by her daughters, spending time with her husband, and sampling ethnic cuisine.
Emily Larson is a senior at CU Denver and plans to graduate in the summer of 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Geography specializing in Environmental Science and a minor in Physics and Biology. This summer, Emily enjoyed being a Noyce intern where she tutored students in the Math Pioneers program, an awesome learning experience for her. In her free time, Emily enjoys anything where she can be outside, including camping, hiking, biking, playing soccer, gardening, reading, snowboarding or just enjoying other people's company. Emily is very excited to begin her life-long dream of becoming a high school science teacher.
Kevin Simpson has a BS in Integrative Biology and minors in
Educational Studies and Applied Mathematics from UCD. He is also pursuing an MA
in Curriculum and Instruction, and plans to graduate in May 2015. In his free
time, he is outside as much as possible. Having climbed many of Colorado's
14ers, he will be climbing to the base camp of Everest in the spring of 2015 on
a month-long trek. He is looking forward to getting his feet wet in the
teaching field and hopes to become a successful and ever-learning science
Andy Thrapp is a Physics major and Mathematics. In 2012, he
completed a Foundation Degree at the University of Kent at Canterbury in England,
traveling through much of Western. He’s always loved getting off the beaten
path and gaining insight into how people live and how different cultures set
their standards, and wants to find ways this can be applied in education. He is
also interested in making difficult concepts more accessible by gaining insight
into cultural differences and learning styles.
Nicholas Vielhauer recently graduated from CU-Boulder with a
degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Education. Now, at UCD, he
is working toward his teaching license and an MA in Secondary Science
Education. He would love to teach Chemistry, Environmental Studies, or
Life Science at the secondary level. In his free time, he loves to read,
spend time outside, and watch his beloved Denver professional teams in action.