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December 4, 2013

Fresh ECU graduate plunges headfirst into teaching


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His love of ECU stems from a caring faculty and activities he’ll cherish for a lifetime.

“I loved ECU...Once a Tiger Always a Tiger. It meant a whole lot to me. The faculty was always there to talk if you needed to,” Eckler said. “I did everything from Greek life to homecoming king. It meant more than can be explained. I spent a year and a half in the band and I’ll always remember the feeling of running on the field for a performance at a football game.”

He is a 2009 graduate of Shawnee High School.

The purpose of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become kindergarten-12th grade math and science teachers.

The $900,000 grant was awarded to ECU to provide scholarships and additional educational opportunities to students who commit to teach secondary level mathematics for up to six years in a high-need school district in Oklahoma. A high-need school district consists of a high percentage of individuals from families below poverty line incomes, high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach, and/or high teacher turnover rate.

ECU was the first university in Oklahoma to ever receive the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant.

“Chris was a good Noyce Scholar,” said Dr. Robert Ferdinand, professor and chair of the ECU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. “In the next couple of years, we are trying to get in-service Noyce Scholars, who are currently teaching fulltime, to be speakers at the Noyce Colloquia on the ECU campus.”

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