My students are infinitely capable. My commitment to teaching is grounded in a desire to learn and improve for their sake.
Angela Lou 2012 Fellow
2012 Fellow Farragut Career Academy Chicago, Illinois
Angela Lou left a research and pre-medical track to pursue teaching. “Breaking from this path was an enormously difficult yet personally fulfilling decision.” Angela earned a BS in human evolutionary biology from Harvard University and became a full-time life sciences teaching fellow at the university, leading problem-solving sessions and laboratories for genetics, genomics and evolution among other subjects. Through her academic research, Angela also co-authored papers in neurology and biochemistry.
As a teaching fellow, Angela found office hours to be the best part of the job. “I found unexpected pleasure when my students challenged me with insightful questions beyond what we learned in class. Their curiosity and commitment were downright infectious.” Based on her students’ year-end evaluations, Angela earned Harvard University’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.
Angela teaches physics and chemistry at Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Ill. She looks forward to building strong relationships with her students as a cross-country coach, and actively seeks ways to let art inform the creative process in her science classrooms. She believes that the most challenging aspect of teaching will be “overcoming resistance to a culture of inquiry,” but is also thrilled by the challenge. Her answer is to nurture an active and collaborative environment in her classroom. Angela is thrilled to be going into urban education. “I have the best job in the world. I grow and learn right alongside my students.”