Kathy M. Smith
Associate Professor of Math
While working as a teaching assistant in graduate school, I discovered my love of teaching and decided to teach math as a career. Having attended a community college, I knew that it was the right place for me.
My primary focus is on developing understanding rather than procedure. I always try to answer a question with a question that might help direct a student’s thinking along a productive channel, which requires both knowledge of the subject matter and the student I am interacting with. I like to maintain a relaxed, casual and productive atmosphere in the classroom.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “Education means developing the mind, not stuffing the memory.” – Helen Gernon
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