Niyah Henson, a student in the College of Education’s middle school math Master’s Certification Program, received a $1,500 grant to attend the 2018 annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, which was held April 25-28 in Washington, D.C.
Conference highlights for Henson included attending new teacher workshops, where she had the chance to network with other interns and receive advice for first-year teachers, as well as workshops on building more engaging lessons and resources to prepare for the first year of teaching.
“It was such a humbling experience and I would definitely advise new math teachers to attend,” said Henson, who hopes to teach Algebra I. “I will definitely be planning to go again.”
Henson decided to become a teacher after working as a paraeducator for a year in Howard County, Maryland, saying that she enjoys working with students and making an impact on them both inside and outside of the classroom.
“Math has always been my favorite subject,” she said. “I am glad to be pursuing this career and teaching is the most rewarding career.”