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Choose Ohio First STEMM Fellow Plans to Teach Middle School Science

20-year-old Lyndsey Miller of Batavia is one of 29 UC students awarded a Choose Ohio First Scholarship to support future teachers.

Date: 9/28/2009
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos By: Dottie Stover
Lyndsey Miller says science and math have long been her favorite subjects, because they can be applied to everyday life. Amid growing concerns that U.S. students are falling behind other countries in math and science, Miller now exemplifies how UC is becoming a national model for raising the bar on preparing teachers for these fields.
Lyndsey Miller
Lyndsey Miller

Miller, a UC junior, is one of 29 UC students awarded a Choose Ohio First Scholarship for pre-service teachers through UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH). The Choose Ohio First Scholarship STEMM Fellows will receive $4,500 for each of their junior and senior years for a total of $9,000 in scholarship funding. The scholarship support amounts to $1,500 per academic quarter.

Funded by the State of Ohio, the Choose Ohio First Scholarship program aims to attract, retain and graduate students into the high-demand STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, medicine) disciplines and strengthen the state’s workforce. The UC STEMM Fellows program was awarded $822,000 to be distributed over six years.

“When I told some people about how I wanted to change my major from pre-pharmacy to education, they  just couldn’t believe why I would want to work so hard wiping noses, giving out homework and getting paid so little, when I could have been a pharmacist making a large sum of money,” says Miller. “This job will be challenging, and it will most likely push me until I think I have reached my limits. But, I will keep going, because seeing a child achieve is worth more than a huge paycheck.”

Miller, a student in the University Honors Program for academically talented students, says her passion for science was fueled during her senior year of high school. A Glen Este High School graduate, she credits her teacher, Mrs. Burris, for stimulating her interest in science by conducting “bizarre science experiments.”

Lyndsey Miller

“But science also requires study and dedication. With middle-school students, I’ll be able to take them beyond the basics and go a little bit deeper into science and demonstrations with interesting experiments,” Miller says.

The middle childhood education STEMM Fellows will take a non-credit seminar this fall and take a course during winter quarter, both of which are focused on integrating STEMM themes into their teaching. Coursework for students in middle childhood education are being developed in partnership with the UC College of Engineering and A&S. The middle childhood majors will also finish their senior year with a capstone experience.

“Although the United States is a developed nation, there are still children that are not getting the education that they deserve,” says Miller. “If we want to keep up with other countries in math and science, we need to start with basic education.

“I want children to become interested in learning to better themselves, and hopefully make themselves lifelong learners, since that’s really what education is all about,” Miller says. “I want to be the teacher that is approachable to every student and who encourages students to set high expectations. This is way more than just a job for me,” she says.


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