Twenty-nine University of Cincinnati students were recently named recipients of Choose Ohio First Scholarships for pre-service teachers through the University of Cincinnati’s College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services.
University of Cincinnati junior Lyndsey Miller, 20, from Batavia, was among those selected and will receive a total of $9,000 in scholarship funds over the next two years.
The state of Ohio funds the program aimed 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.
Miller switched her major to education because she wants to make a difference in the lives of children.
"I have always enjoyed working with children. I think what really opened my eyes to the field of education was my project on autism in my senior year at Glen Este," said Miller. "I observed a preschool class and really enjoyed that experience. I saw that the job of teacher was very challenging, but at the same time extremely rewarding."
Her decision to become a middle school teacher was helped along by a recent tutoring experience.
"One of the experiences that has led me to middle childhood education is working through the University of Cincinnati's Supplemental Education Services," said Miller. "The program is a provision of the No Child Left Behind Act that provides free tutoring to low-income Cincinnati Public School children. Tutoring some of the fourth through eighth graders has shown me that I really like that age group."
Miller credits her high school science teacher, Mrs. Burris, as an example of the type of teacher she hopes to become.
"Part of what made Mrs. Burris a memorable teacher was some of the tactics she used in the classroom," said Miller. "AP Chemistry was the hardest class that I took in high school so there were times that I lacked confidence in the class. She created a positive learning environment and would really explain what we needed explained, if you asked her. She wouldn't just tell you to read 100 pages and answer questions, she would actually explain it in a way were we could learn. I knew she wanted us to succeed and that in itself was motivation to excel in the class."
The middle childhood education STEMM Fellows will take a non-credit seminar this fall and take a course during the winter quarter. These will both be focused on the students integrating STEMM themes into their teaching.
Miller is a student in the University Honors Program for academically talented students.