IMPACT Live!

  • 1.  IMPACT in Action - Early Impact - What helped shape your career?

    Posted 09-01-2021 00:02:00
    What event, action, or person impacted you early on in your career? 
    Did this impact change or affect your path?


    ------------------------------
    Lisa Feinman
    Project ACCCESS Coordinator
    CC of Baltimore County
    Catonsville MD
    ------------------------------


  • 2.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Early Impact - What helped shape your career?

    Posted 09-02-2021 06:04:00
    My first teaching job was at Lompoc High School in Lompoc, CA. The book Mathematics: A Human Endeavor by Harold Jacobs came across my desk. I started using it in my math fundamentals class.  I think I have used his ideas in every class I have taught, and every book I have written, since then.  Three years later I was teaching at Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, CA.  I went to my first math conference. It was in Monterey, CA and I went to a session where Herb Gross was the speaker.  After seeing him speak, I told myself "That's the kind of teacher I want to be."  An interesting side note is that many years later I was the first recipient of the Herb Gross Lifetime Achievement Award at the AMATYC national conference. Events and people have a way circling back to connect with each other, and when they do, it is a very satisfying experience.

    ------------------------------
    Pat McKeague
    Owner
    XYZ Textbooks
    San Luis Obispo CA
    ------------------------------



  • 3.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Early Impact - What helped shape your career?

    Posted 09-02-2021 12:22:00
    Pat, I've never heard of that book - but I'll be looking into it now!

    ------------------------------
    Lisa Feinman
    Project ACCCESS Coordinator
    CC of Baltimore County
    Catonsville MD
    ------------------------------



  • 4.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Early Impact - What helped shape your career?

    Posted 09-02-2021 10:03:00
    I did not care for arithmetic, not interested at all in math until I arrived in ninth grade and found algebra. Great teacher, way back then actually worked at getting student input to problems and why they took certain steps and listened to the students' thoughts.  That is all it took. :)

    Ruth

    ------------------------------
    Ruth Collins
    Professor of mathematics education
    Minneapolis MN
    ------------------------------



  • 5.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Early Impact - What helped shape your career?

    Posted 09-02-2021 12:21:00
    Ruth, isn't it great to have teachers that can help create those connections???

    ------------------------------
    Lisa Feinman
    Project ACCCESS Coordinator
    CC of Baltimore County
    Catonsville MD
    ------------------------------



  • 6.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Early Impact - What helped shape your career?

    Posted 09-03-2021 13:21:00
    Even though my family, who were all educators, helped shaped my life, I credit my Community College English professor for where I am now. When I retired from the military, I was looking at going into teaching in a high school, however she said I was more adept to teaching at the CC level and thus changed my path from getting certified as a HS teacher to majoring in math and computer science in under grad

    ------------------------------
    Chris Ward
    Assistant Professor
    WVMATYC President/AMATYC Historian
    Southern West Virginia CTC
    Foster WV
    ------------------------------



  • 7.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Early Impact - What helped shape your career?

    Posted 09-03-2021 19:53:00
    Chris, how interesting?  What did they say made you a better CC professor?

    ------------------------------
    Lisa Feinman
    Project ACCCESS Coordinator
    CC of Baltimore County
    Catonsville MD
    ------------------------------



  • 8.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Early Impact - What helped shape your career?

    Posted 09-04-2021 11:00:00
    That is such an interesting question! Things we experience shape our path through work and life in various ways. Looking back, my academic advisor and an inspiring mathematics professor, Dr. Niloufer Mackey, encouraged me to pursue math. I truly enjoyed being in Dr. Mackey's class in Linear Algebra; the lectures were fantastic, as the professor described matrices and operations over them in a vivid, exciting manner, asking us to connect previously learned concepts. We participated in the class, sometimes presented our work on the board, asked questions, and received profound answers. That positive experience influenced me to expand from physics to a math major, which eventually led to graduate studies in mathematics and determined my professional path.

    ------------------------------
    Violeta Kovacev-Nikolic
    Full time faculty
    College of the Canyons
    Santa Clarita CA
    ------------------------------



  • 9.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Early Impact - What helped shape your career?

    Posted 09-04-2021 20:50:00
    It's SO great to have engaging teachers!!

    ------------------------------
    Lisa Feinman
    Project ACCCESS Coordinator
    CC of Baltimore County
    Catonsville MD
    ------------------------------