General Mathematics (Math 109), College Algebra (Math 116), Trigonometry (Math 117), Calculus I (Math 136), and Introductory Statistics (Math 183)
While my current position doesn’t include a research component, I hope to be doing meaningful research in Mathematics Education soon!
I grew up in Minnesota, Iowa, and Kentucky, and graduated from Franklin-Simpson High School in Franklin, KY. I have two degrees from WKU – one in Music and one in Math – and a Master’s in Math from the University of Colorado. My academic career has included both teaching and administrative positions at the Middle School, High School, Community College, and University levels. My non-academic career has included many things from installing septic systems to cooking hamburgers to owning my own business. In the Fall of 2011 I returned to Western Kentucky University to teach Mathematics. I definitely feel at home here at WKU and I have really enjoyed working with both students and colleagues over the past two and a half years.
In addition to teaching Math at WKU, I enjoy spending time outdoors and working with my hands. When I can find the time, I build custom furniture and teach woodworking and woodturning.
I believe that Mathematics is about finding patterns, solving problems, and making connections rather than memorizing facts and formulas. I approach all of my classes from this perspective. If you want to know more about my philosophy on teaching, learning, or pretty much anything else, just ask. I enjoy sharing my opinions!