2013 Recipients of the Robert Noyce Pathway to Science Scholarships:
My name is Amanda Schoen, I am from the small town of Elberta, in Baldwin County Alabama. I graduated from Foley High School in May 2009 and started college at the University of South Alabama to pursue a degree in Biology and Marine Sciences. After graduating from the University of South Alabama in May 2012, with a Bachelors degree in Biology, I entered South Alabama’s College of Education graduate school, with the goal of obtaining an Alternative Master’s in science education.
My love for science has always been strong, even when I was a child my parents would have to pull me away from wanting to keep every organism I found and struggled to keep me from getting dirty from exploring outside. My love for science and biology grew even more throughout high school thanks to highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable teachers who always caught the attention of their students by using hands-on and real life models to always keep their class exciting. When I heard about the Noyce Pathways to Science Program I immediately knew that I wanted to pursue a career in education. I have personally had many wonderful experiences with my biology professors and would like to share my knowledge, so students can interact with their teachers and others to better understand various courses in the science field. I truly believe children, of any age, can teach us so much, while in return we are teaching them life long lessons and concepts they will never forget. My major goal in teaching is to make a difference in students’ lives by teaching them important life lessons and information that will ultimately brighten their futures and broaden their horizons.
Steven Brett Davis
I graduated with a B. S. in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1986. After graduation I was employed by the Mobil Corporation as an engineer offshore for approximately 5 years. I worked as both a rig engineer and a facilities engineer. Rig engineers get the oil out of the ground and facilities engineers get it to the refinery. I thoroughly enjoyed working with other people to get projects done. I also enjoyed teaching others to do the task at hand. I interned in the summers while in college and learned the value of both formal and practical learning. I returned to LSU and received a J.D. in Law in 1993. I practiced in the construction litigation section of a firm in Baton Rouge and secured my license as a Registered Patent Attorney.
I returned home to Mobile, Alabama to raise my children and began a construction company while continuing my Patent Practice. I had always wanted to teach in some fashion. I was seeking a new career and recently discovered the Noyce program administered by the University of South Alabama. I completed the pre-residency requirement at Semmes Middle School and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and decided to move forward in securing a teaching certificate in secondary science.
I hope and believe my practical experience as both an engineer and lawyer will help me motivate young people to learn and love science as I do. I have received no formal training as a teacher but I anticipate this program will give me the tried and true fundamentals that I need to succeed in the classroom. I hope to join this knowledge with my practical experience to encourage young people to study and practice what I will teach them.