BEHREND

ERIE, PA 16563

## Bottom Fields

I started my career teaching high school students but while in graduate school, I worked as an professor for two colleges in New York City.

After graduate school, I moved out of my hometown of Greenwich, CT to Erie, PA where I work as a full-time mathematics lecturer and as a textbook editor. Fairfield University is my alma mater where I graduated in 2008 with a bachelor of science in pure mathematics with a minor in education and in 2010 with a master of science in pure mathematics and financial mathematics. I currently teach a mix of courses such as College Algebra I, College Algebra II with Analytic Geometry, The Mathematics of Money (financial mathematics), and Technical Calculus (for Business majors), and Linear Algebra (for engineers). I'm also actively perusing research in Cayley Color Graphs, Markov Chains, Group Theory, the role of mathematics in money and in music, mathematics education, and slide rules. Lastly, I’m the 362nd Chapter Adviser of Pi Mu Epsilon for Penn State Erie.

Outside of teaching and textbook editing, I enjoy horseback riding, playing golf, playing guitar both acoustic and electric (Jimmy Page is my guitar hero!!), reading books (James Patterson is my favorite!!), swimming, jogging, and painting. I haven't painted in a while but when I do, I paint landscapes using oils.

## Teaching

### Teaching Specialties

- Algebra
- Calculus
- Geometry
- Remedial Mathematics
- Statistics
- Mathematics Education
- Financial Mathematics

### Teaching Statement

Teaching is a profession where one is involved in shaping the future of our society. With every course I teach I have three goals I want to achieve by the end of the semesters:

- Make sure students have a clear understanding of all concepts
- Be able to see how mathematics plays a role the real world through the presentation of applications
- Be able to help students realize they can do anything they put their minds to.

We as teachers must motivate students to learn in order to keep pace to an ever-changing world. In mathematics, I stress the ability to reason with logic and to think analytically and precisely in the solving of mathematical problems. I encourage students to question how mathematical thinking can be applied to problems in both pure and applied science, economics, and architecture.

## Research Interests

- Slide Rules
- Group Theory
- Cayley Color Graphs
- Markov Processes
- Mathematics Education
- Textbook Editing and Writing