Nevaeh Moore

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Early Life

My name is Nevaeh Moore. I was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, but when I was three years old my family moved to Kentucky. I was raised in Owensboro, Kentucky, where I currently still live. I have an older brother and a younger brother. I am the only girl in the family and that has definitely come with some perks. I grew up with a pretty average life until about the time I was in fifth grade. My parents split up and things soon became turned upside down. When I was in seventh grade, my mom was diagnosed with stage three cancer. This was an extremely tough year for my family. However, once she got into remission, things began to look up.

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Earliest Experience with Mathematics and Statistics, STEM, etc.

As I reflect on my life and how math has effected it, I am often drawn to when I was learning my times tables. During second grade, we had not started learning times tables, but I was intrigued in them. I began to teach myself and watch my friends from a grade above began to practice. I remember playing one of the computer math games and being able to do the multiplication problems that my classmates couldn't even fathom doing. By the time I was in third grade, I was the best at times tables and multiplication in my class. From there my love for math grew. While most kids hated the timed math tests, I lived for them. Once I had gotten into middle school, my love for math had grown even more.

Through High School:

As I got into high school, my passion for math took a slight decline. As I was worried about many other things. However, by my senior year, I knew I wanted to teach math. I'd always wanted to be a teacher, but I always just thought I would do elementary school. However, I soon began to realize that was not what I wanted to do. It was a battle for me to decide if I wanted to teach middle or high school, but ultimately choose to teach high school.

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Personal Influences

My 7th grade year had the biggest impact on me. I had one of the best teachers and credit her for my love for math. Math class was the class I'd always look forward to. Many of my friends struggled, but this was my time to shine. I won awards for math all throughout my middle school years.

historical influences

One mathematic that continues to inspire me is Sophie Germain. She grew up in a time period where it was frowned upon women to be efficient in math. Nonetheless, she continued her studies and eventually became the first woman to win a prize from the French Academy of Sciences, for work on a theory of elasticity. As women we are always looked at different in STEM programs, many people view it as a mans world. Seeing Sophie Germain pursue and be successful even when so many people were against her inspires me.

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Favorite Problems

My favorite thing to do in math is Pythagorean Theorem. I have always loved to do these types of problems. They have always come very naturally to me. I don't like many things to do with geometry, but this is the exception. a^2+b^2=c^2 will forever be ingrained in my head.

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More recent experiences (college)

My experience with math in college has been very good. I have taken several math classes so far and have enjoyed them. I am excited to see what the upcoming semesters will look like. My freshman fall semester, I was able to go and job shadow at the Scrips office in downtown Cincinnati. This was such an awesome experience as it showed me the many possible careers you can have with a math degree. While I am still choosing to do secondary education, it was good to see different opportunities.

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Career thoughts

From an early age, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I can not remember a time when I every wanted to do anything else with my life. I turned my childhood bedroom into my very own classroom. I have two school desks, a white board, a bulletin board, and plenty of stationary. When I was younger I thought I wanted to teach elementary school, but realized I I wanted to work with older students. Then I thought about middle school and thought maybe I wanted to teach at that level.My senior year of high school I was able to intern in a local middle school and loved it. However, I have ultimately decided I want to teach high schoolers.

Reflections on your studies

My experience with math has been a relatively good one. Im excited to see where it will go in the future and how math will continue to affect me and the world around me.

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