2022-2023 AWARDEES

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Ashley Casillas

Math for Teaching Major

Rising Senior

Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar

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Ashley Casillas

Math for Teaching Major

Rising Senior

Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar

My teaching interests formulated at home due to my role as the oldest of five children. They have developed throughout the years as I interacted with passionate educators and gained teaching experience. My hope is to not only instruct kids in mathematics but to also serve as a mentor and instill a mentality of gratitude and perseverance. I would love to teach both middle and high school students, but at different stages of my career. From my observations, middle school kids are energetic and their experience with math can either “make or break” their liking of the subject. So, if I can make lessons engaging, they might find the relevance of math in everyday life. As for high school students, not only can I teach them math and problem-solving skills, but also mentor them and share my insight about college so that they have an extra support system.

This year, I was awarded the additional honor of being named the Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar for exceptional service to the community through tutoring. Below you will find some of the community service I have participated in.

1. Tutoring bilingual students in a STEM classroom at the Luskin Academy

2. Facilitating personal guidance to senior high school students through the Raizes Mentorship Program

3. Supporting K-12 students at New West Charter School and Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary School through UCLA CalTeach

4. Conducting tutoring sessions while promoting a growth mindset with 7th grade students at Mann UCLA Community School through BruinCorps

5. Providing hands-on STEM activities for rising 7th-grade students through Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM)

 

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Haley Hallman

Math for Teaching Major

Rising Senior

Math for LA Scholar

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Haley Hallman

Math for Teaching Major

Rising Senior

Math for LA Scholar

I would like to become a middle school math educator, because I have seen too many kids decide that they are “bad at math” and turn against the subject when they are as young as twelve years old. I aim to show my students that no one is “bad” at math and help them manage the steep learning curve that one may face once algebra is introduced. Our world is so reliant on STEM nowadays, and most if not, all STEM concepts have a basis in math. I hope to help kids find confidence in their math skills to prepare them for the future and allow them to keep an open mind about a career in STEM.

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Isaac No

Mathematics Major

Rising Senior

Math for LA Scholar

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Isaac No

Mathematics Major

Rising Senior

Math for LA Scholar

I want to become a high school math teacher because I love math and I love teaching! I would like to be a source of inspiration for my future students. I had a math teacher during high school (Mr. Brose) who was one of my favorite teachers as well as an SAT instructor (Mr. Kim) who was very thought-provoking. Ideally, I would teach calculus because it is such a beautiful subject. 

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students in Math for LA who are serious about pursuing a career as a teacher. Students must meet the following criteria:

  • 1. Student must be at least one of the following:

a. Rising senior in the Math for Teaching Major or Math for Teaching Minor.

b. Rising senior accepted into the Joint Math Education Pathway

c. Rising junior accepted into the Integrated Pathway

  • 2. Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the student’s financial aid package or equivalent. (We will contact FAFSA for this information)

  • 3. Overall GPA must be 3.0+

 

AWARD AMOUNT: Up to $4500 for tuition and fees

 

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS: Amount of $1500 will be distributed quarterly as long as student:

  • 1. Successfully completes course of study

  • 2. Is enrolled in courses as an undergraduate

  • 3. Maintains overall GPA of 3.0+

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar

One of this year’s applicants will be awarded the additional honor of being named the Dorothy Smith Curtis Scholar for exceptional service to the community through tutoring. Dorothy Smith Curtis was an educator whose contributions led to the establishment of The Philip C. Curtis Jr. Center and its success working towards a world class mathematics education for all students.

In 1970, Dot earned her teaching credential and began a 30-year career teaching parent education for the LAUSD. She relished working with mothers and young children from all over the world. They taught her their cultures, and she helped mothers raise their children with love, consistency, and exposure to ideas and learning, sharing with others what she brought to her family and friends.

On the application, you will be asked to provide information regarding your tutoring or volunteering experience.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
 In order to be considered for this year’s Math for LA Scholarship, you will need to meet the following requirements.

  • 1. Upload a copy of your unofficial transcript.

  • 2. Write an original intellectual property classroom activity designed:

a. For use in a middle or high school mathematics classroom.

b. To facilitate student understanding of why a particular piece of mathematics is true OR how a particular piece of mathematics is used by people.

c. To engage students in small groups to create the mathematical understanding outlined in the learning objectives.

d. For completion in one class period (50 – 100 minutes)

  • 3. Lesson Plan that outlines the standards addressed and lays out the teacher and student actions throughout the lesson.

 

RESOURCES: Please use the following templates and submit in PDF form.

Math for LA Handout Template

Math For LA Lesson Plan Template

 

For a sample classroom activity and lesson plan, click the links below:

What’s Your Secret?(Sample Lesson Plan)

What’s Your Secret? (Sample Handout)

 

DEADLINE: The deadline for the 2022-2023 scholarship has passed. We will update this page in the beginning of Winter quarter 2023 with information for the 2023-2024 scholarships.

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