Throughout my high school years and undergraduate work, mathematics appealed to me because its structure supported my penchant for logical thought. But as I completed my graduate work at the University of Delaware, I began to see the beauty in the world and heavens about us as they meshed with mathematical principles. It was then that my calling to be a teacher became pronounced and since that time has been a fundamental force in my life. For it is truly a calling, a vocation, to be a teacher.
While a teacher for 36 years in a small rural public high school in Pennsylvania, I was selected as Teacher of the Year, served as math department chair, and was part of a Middle-States Evaluation team, but all of this pales in comparison to the look on a student's face when, after poring over a problem, she says, "I get it!" Plato said that what we call learning is only a process of recollection; maybe so, but I am determined to make that process as exciting as possible.
So I am pleased that Susquehanna University-with their "Let's Talk" dinner series, GO programs, and Institute for Lifelong Learning-is as excited about learning as I am. I'm also glad to be part of an institution where the class sizes are small enough that I can get to know each of my students. Last summer I had a class of just one student and this semester a class of just six.
As a former athletic director, I can often be found watching sporting events at Susquehanna. When not at SU, I enjoy reading, running, and commuting by scooter, not to mention my passion for ballroom dancing. Or is it just my love for mathematics expressed in the structure of the steps and patterns of the dance?
- MATH-099 College Mathematics Prep
- MATH-101 Precalculus Mathematics
- MATH-105 Introductory Topics
- MATH-108 Introduction to Statistics
- MATH-502 Independent Study