Darrius Shaw

UCL Institute of Education Postgraduate Award, UCL Institute of Education - Science Education

I am originally from Willingboro, New Jersey, but I grew up 40 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated from the University of West Georgia in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology and a concentration in secondary education. Following my graduation, I taught 7th grade Biology at Crabapple middle school in Roswell, Georgia from 2015 to 2019. During my four years as a middle school teacher, I coached girls’ and boys’ basketball and tennis, sponsored the no place for hate club, and served as a representative for the 7th grade positive behaviour intervention and support committee. During the summer, I instructed a fast-paced high school biology course at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). My experience at CTY, allowed me to acquire educational strategies that best suites gifted students. While at UCL, I will earn a master’s degree in science education. For me, this will broaden my access to strategies for reaching learners who lack an interest in the STEM field, and underrepresented groups, like women, people of colour, and differently-abled learners, to be involved in science. In my free time, I love to attend concerts, play tennis and basketball, and eat different cuisines. While in the UK, I hope to attend Wimbledon in the summer of 2020.