Miami Dade College alumnus Nancy Narvaez-Garcia recently experienced one of the highlights of her career: co-teaching one of her sixthgrade science classes with Florida State University (FSU) President John E. Thrasher. However, Narvaez-Garcia said her path to that exciting opportunity began with her science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies at MDC. “At MDC, I had the best math and chemistry teachers. They were two of my professors who I would see on a daily basis for support,” said Narvaez- Garcia, who earned her associate degree in meteorology at MDC. She went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree at FSU and graduated from the FSU-Teach program. FSU-Teach allows participants to pursue an undergraduate degree in selected STEM subjects while also earning an additional major in secondary teaching. Now, Narvaez-Garcia is a teacher at Fairview Middle School in Tallahassee. Thrasher co-taught one of her comprehensive science classes to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the FSU-Teach program and to draw attention to the importance of recruiting STEM teachers to Florida. Narvaez-Garcia has made it her mission to create engaging lessons for her students. “I love science and I love teaching science,” she said. She continues to be inspired by her time at MDC, bringing the same passion that her professors did into her own classroom. – RS
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