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Norman Beebe

A.A., Cumberland County College
B.A., Montclair State College
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts

C410 775-1333 beebe@gcc.mass.edu

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Jen Burrill

B.A., Smith College
M.S., University of Massachusetts

N410 775-1478 burrill@gcc.mass.edu

I graduated from UMASS/Amherst with an M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics and taught my first math class as an adjunct instructor at HCC that same year. The class was a wonderful group of students whose eagerness to learn showed me how enjoyable teaching could be and for that I will always be thankful.  I started teaching at GCC the following year and have been a member of the math department ever since.   When I’m not teaching, I like to spend as much time as I can outside skiing, swimming or mountain biking.  I also spend my summers teaching swimming lessons to children ages 4 and up.

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Linda Cavanaugh

B.S., M.S., University of Massachusetts

N420 775-1445 cavanaugh@gcc.mass.edu

In the summer of 1980 while waiting to defend my Master’s thesis, I was offered what I thought would be a seven-week opportunity to teach MAT 105  at GCC before leaving to pursue a career in biostatistics.  Surprise!—“There are plans and then there’s life!”  This wonderful group of MAT 105 students changed the direction of my life forever and thankfully reconnected me to my passion, my heart and my love for teaching.  In the past 31 years, I have grown up personally and professionally at GCC.  I have been blessed with wonderful students (some of whom have become life-long friends), an energetic and dedicated group of professionals to work with and learn from, and the opportunity to live a fully engaged life.   I will be eternally grateful to them and to my first boss, Carleton Stinchfield, who offered me this one chance.

Sandy Gokey

B.S., Clarkson University
M.Ed., St. Lawrence University
M.S., University of Vermont
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

N412 775-1447 gokey@gcc.mass.edu

Sandy Gokey earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Mathematics from Clarkson University in 1984 and an M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development from St. Lawrence University that same year.  She worked in human services and taught evening math courses until realizing that teaching mathematics was a wonderful way to combine her interest in working with people with her interest in mathematics.  She went on to earn an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Vermont (1987) and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1993).   Sandy taught at the University of Vermont, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Smith College and Keene State College before joining the Greenfield Community College (GCC) faculty in 1999. Sandy has taught developmental math, math for liberal arts, statistics, algebra, math for elementary education, precalculus, calculus I and II, multivariate calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and a variety of higher level math courses. What Sandy especially enjoys about GCC is that her teaching is not limited to the classroom as it would be in most colleges.  Years ago, Sandy and several others took a small idea (that faculty could work with students outside their own classes) and turned that idea into a vibrant community of learning.  What once was a few students and faculty occasionally working together in a small conference room is now “The Math Studio,” a large airy space devoted exclusively to students working on math with the support of all math faculty, not just their own individual instructors.   When she’s not teaching, Sandy can usually be found in the Math Studio working one on one with students from a large variety of math courses.

Alka Indurkhya

N413 775-1860 indurkhyaa@gcc.mass.edu

Did you know that the German Mathematician Gauss considered Mathematics to be the “Queen of the Sciences”? Check out the Wikipedia for more on the history of Mathematics at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics. The best part about teaching MAT 114 “Introduction to Statistics” at GCC are the projects. I continue to learn surprising tidbits from some of the innovative projects students do during the course. I also enjoy Number theory and the History of Mathematics. Hopefully, some day I will get to teach them. In my spare time I am an amateur weaver. Mathematics is at the very foundation of a number of weave structures. I learned addition, subtraction, division and multiplication on my great grandma’s loom! I realized much later that she had taught me permutations, combinations along with the basics of algebra, too.

Phyllis Keenan

N413 775-1449 keenan@gcc.mass.edu

I have been teaching math as an adjunct at GCC since 2002. My goal is for students to be comfortable, confident, and competent with math.   I find taking time to learn the way students in each class are thinking about math is the key to teaching  students in ways that that they can be successful learners.   I encourage students to take responsibility for their learning by identifying the topics of challenge and topics of review,doing homework, asking questions in class, working together in groups, getting tutoring, etc.  I also work with students to overcome math anxiety by teaching in a relaxed classroom environment, teaching text taking skills, and building on what students already know.

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Bob McGuigan

N411 775-1477 mcguigan@gcc.mass.edu

I suppose I just fell into being a mathematics professor.  Each step along the way seemed to be the right thing to do.  I think my love of mathematics started in high school and after that I always wanted to learn more.  From then on mathematics has been an inexhaustible source of amazing beauty.  After college learning more naturally led to graduate school.  In graduate school I discovered that I also love sharing what I learn and helping others learn, which led to teaching.  After finishing my PhD I joined the faculty of the mathematics department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  I worked there, teaching and doing research, for six years and then moved to Westfield State where I taught for 29 years and did other things such as chairing the mathematics department for a total of 12 years.  I retired from Westfield State but found I couldn’t entirely give up teaching.  When Peter Rosnick called me one day to see whether I knew of anyone who would be able to fill a last minute teaching vacancy at GCC I offered my services and have been an adjunct at GCC ever since.   I had heard a lot about GCC and was curious to see what it was like from the inside.  I found a warm and welcoming academic community with a caring, dedicated faculty and staff and a diverse and stimulating student body.  I also appreciate the strong connection to the local community. Outside of mathematics I have broad interests in foreign languages, literature, art and classical music.  I play classical violin and viola and have been a member of the Pioneer Valley Symphony for over 20 years.  I also frequently play chamber music with friends.  My wife, Julia Bady, is a concert pianist and piano teacher and has occasionally taught instrumental music at GCC.  We are a GCC family.  Our daughter Abigail McGuigan graduated from GCC and parlayed her two-year degree into a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Ian Winokur

B.S., College of Mount Saint Vincent
M.A., University of Kentucky

N409 775-1445 winokuri@gcc.mass.edu

I first solved a Rubik’s Cube in February 2003 when I stumbled on a website that claimed to have a method to solve any Rubik’s Cube, no matter how scrambled.  My first solve took an hour and a half and my second solve took an hour and forty-five minutes.  I’ve been hooked ever since! I have given several talks on mathematics and the Rubik’s Cube.  An exciting result that was proven in 2010 is that any Rubik’s Cube can be solved in twenty moves or fewer.  This theorem was proven using a combination of mathematics and computer science. Playing with the Rubik’s Cube strengthened my interest in mathematical puzzles and games like Set,Quarto, and Connect Four.  I enjoy playing these games with GCC students at our math club meetings (look for signs and stop by sometime!). I have been teaching at GCC since 2009 and I’m having a blast.  Since I’ve been here, I’ve taught Math 106, 107, 108, 117, 201, and 202 and I hope to teach all of the classes we offer at some point in my career.  I appreciate the diversity of the GCC student body as well as the passion and openness that GCC students bring to the classroom day in and day out.  I also feel very fortunate to have access to a variety of technological tools when I teach. My wife, Christine, and I live in Leverett.  In July 2011, we welcomed Connor to the world.  I hope that he one day enrolls at our wonderful college!

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Caitlin Worth

B.A., Ithaca College
M.S., University of New Hampshire
M.S., University of Massachusetts

N419 775-1466 worthc@gcc.mass.edu

Growing up, I was surrounded by math.  My dad is a math teacher, my mom is an accountant, and my grandfather was an engineer.  Despite all of this exposure (or maybe because of it?), I was always intimidated by math and never considered myself very good at it.  When I went to Ithaca College as a biology major, part of my early course work included Calculus.  To my shock and amazement, I loved it!  I decided then that I wanted to help other people discover how fun and amusing and amazing math could really be.  So I thought, “Maybe I’ll become a teacher.” In the years that followed I received two more degrees and taught math in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and universities.  I came to GCC in 2010 and have loved being here!  I get to teach a wide variety of courses, work with a student population that is eager to learn, and collaborate with passionate and creative colleagues.  What more could a teacher want?!?!

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