"I never thought that I would be teaching chemistry in a Chicago Public School. I started out teaching in a few suburban schools and enjoyed my time there. However, after eight years, I decided to try something new and began teaching in a school on the northwest side of the city. While there were some unexpected challenges at first, I found that my solid foundation in chemistry education from Illinois State University helped me get through the tough times and allowed me to experience the joy of reaching a whole new audience of adolescents."
"Recently, CPS has made a concerted systematic effort to better prepare its elementary students in science and is also expanding Advanced Placement opportunities on the high school level. While every school presents a unique set of challenges and rewards, CPS students need good science teachers who will make an impact on their lives and their minds."
Ray Lesniewski, '87 Chemistry
Chemistry Teacher/Science Dept. Chair
Jones College Prep
Apply for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
To ensure the fullest review, please submit your application by these dates for the respective semester:
November 15 for the Spring semester
May 1 for the Fall semester
Supporting documents needed for the application
Application letter and personal history statement
On the application, you will be required to submit an application letter and personal history statement including a description of career intentions, STEM background, relevant experience teaching and/or working with children, and any minority status claim. Please create this in a word processor prior to completing the application so that you may copy and paste it into the online application.
Letter of reference
You will need to submit a letter of reference that includes an assessment of your ability to succeed as a STEM teacher. Please send the letter of reference to the address below.
You will need to submit your academic transcript from the institution you most recently attended to the address below.