Holly A. Byers
Duke University, M.A.T. in Science Education
Holly is currently in her first year of teaching at Riverside High School in Durham, NC, where she completed one of her student teaching internships. She is a teacher in Durham because she fell in love with this city, and she loves the kids in Durham Public Schools. During her first year as a public school teacher, her goals are simply stated, but difficult to achieve: make science exciting, relevant, and easily accessible to ALL students, and to be a steadfast advocate for her students and their families in Durham Public Schools. She would never have decided to study biology without the enthusiasm, passion, and high expectations of her high school teachers towards not just science, but improving the world around them through discovery and science literacy.
When Holly moved to Durham and began student teaching in DPS as part of the Duke MAT program, she very quickly felt connected to the community as a Durham Teaching Fellow, in part because she knew that she would be teaching in this community upon graduation from the program. She is so happy that she was able to begin her teaching career in DPS, as it is a wonderful place to teach and grow as an educator because of the incredible and diverse students and families who call Durham home.
Awards & Accolades
Robert Noyce Teaching Fellow
Durham Teaching Fellow
Virginia Tech Presidential Scholarship Recipient
Phi Sigma National Biological Honors Society
Noyce DIY Conference Presenter (March 2015)