student bios

Amanda Casner

"I've known I wanted to be a teacher since I was very young. After graduating high school, however, my love for science and math led me to Mines, where I'm majoring in Engineering Physics with minors in Mathematical Science and Space & Planetary Science. I love my department and my peers, but I've always felt a bit torn, knowing that a career in industry or research wasn't right for me. When the TEAM-UP program was created, I immediately knew it was perfect. Through TEAM-UP I can complete my degree in physics and simultaneously pursue licensure for a career I know will make me happy. TEAM-UP has already provided me with many valuable opportunities to work in local classrooms and network with experienced professionals. I plan to graduate from Mines in May 2017, earn my teaching license in December 2017, and start applying to teach high school math or science as soon as I can!"


Mollie Murray

"When I was in high school, one of my favorite teachers often told us of his time studying to be and eventually working as an electrical engineer. His industry experience and schooling in a specific content area allowed him to relate the content to real-world applications, which was extremely beneficial for our classes. As I looked at my own future I knew that I wanted to be a teacher, and I realized that for me, in order to be the best teacher possible, it would be best to pursue a degree that would give me a strong content background and a broader scope of knowledge. Now, I am a senior in engineering physics and I feel that my future students will benefit from all that I have learned here. I am extremely thankful for TEAM-UP because it has given me the chance to connect with other students with similar interests, to work with students in a nearby high school, and to network with and get advice from amazing educators. The relationships I have made in this program have enriched my life already and I am sure they will be invaluable, both personally and professionally, moving forward. "


Nicholas Dyer

"I have moved about a dozen times, getting to go to a variety of schools doing everything from online programs, public school to being home-schooled. I have lived all over the United States, and spent a few years in Japan. My love for computers brought me to the school of Mines, but after a few years of working as a summer camp counselor with iD Tech I found that working with students is much more rewarding. Thanks to the UNC-Mines cohort I am able to pursue both passions as I prepare to be a mathematics teacher."


Brittany Fleur

"I am a senior in Engineering Physics at the Colorado School of Mines. I am from Somewhere-In-The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Oklahoma and I enjoy reading, eating, and sleeping. After taking an amazing physics class in high school, I became interested in the idea of teaching science classes at a higher level. I live in Lakewood, Colorado with my handsome fiance."

TEAM-UP is proud to be a 
NSF Noyce Capacity Building Program, NSF Noyce Phase I Project Site, PhysTEC Comprehensive Site, and 100Kin10 Partner