Future science educator strives to inspire the next generation

July 10, 2019

Two Quinnipiac students take measurements

Michael Thorpe ’19, MAT ’20, still remembers feeling inspired by the Quinnipiac students interning at his high school years ago.

“They were always so well prepared and confident in their teaching,” he said. “I knew I wanted to teach and I knew that Quinnipiac would allow me to become the best teacher I could be.”

Throughout his Quinnipiac experience, as he worked toward earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, his feeling of inspiration only increased as he discovered new techniques he wanted to incorporate into his science classroom one day — both throughout the Northeast and around the world.

“The MAT program has allowed me to go to local schools and work with students and learn from the teachers there,” Thorpe said. “I also had the opportunity to travel to both Nicaragua and Guatemala to work with students. These experiences will help me be successful with my career because they have given me new opportunities to practice what I have learned.”    

His professors are also confident he will succeed upon graduation — as well as inspire the next generation of science teachers.

“Michael is fully committed to science education,” said Cindy Kern, assistant teaching professor of education. “He is an active member of the Quinnipiac community, fully engaged in our student-teaching organization and advancing K-12 STEM education through our Center for Science Teaching and Learning.”

One of Thorpe’s favorite classes to date is bio teaching methods where he is learning best practices for teaching biology. Through his biology lab he will directly benefit the local area — by better understanding the extent invasive plants are impacting the ecosystem around the Mill River.

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