When Lynn Stephenson was a graduate student at State University of New York at Stony Brook, she was assigned to lecture calculus in a hall that seated 500 students. Most of the students could only see her by television screen. She is now a math instructor at Western Nevada Community College in Fernley, and likes the small class sizes and the chance to get to know her students.
"Teaching at Stony Brook was an interesting experience, but I much prefer to be able to get to know the students I am working with, or at least be able to see them," Stephenson said. "I am very impressed with Western's commitment to academic excellence. The classes cover the same material you would find at any major university, but WNCC delivers the material with a personal touch."
Stephenson has been teaching math for the past 26 years, but is still enthusiastic every time she enters the classroom. "I love to make math understandable and enjoyable," she added. "Math should not be made boring by boring teaching."
Lynn enjoys working with all different kinds of students. Over the years, she has directed a math learning center, taught at a liberal arts college, run hands-on science classes for elementary students, conducted classes for developmentally disabled adults, and served as a private tutor for gifted children. In the spring, she will teach Elementary Algebra and the Fundamentals of College Math at Western.
"Elementary algebra teaches you to think in a completely different way," she said. "In college math, we will be looking at some of the interesting ways math touches everyday life. It's a lot like studying a mathematical version of art."
Class Info: MATH 095 - Elementary Algebra (three credits) meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7-8:15 p.m.; MATH 120 - Fundamentals of College Math (three credits) meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Press Release: December 1, 2006
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