Natalie McGathey Professor, Mathematics Prairie State College
The mathematics, the students, the impact: these are my three inspirations. Teaching at a Community College in particular gives me the freedom to bring my passion for mathematics into the developmental or upper-divisional classroom as well as into my community. It is wonderful to talk with STEM majors about future plans and goals, but it is equally as rewarding to help change some negative attitudes towards math and to open doors to a student who may view mathematics as an obstacle. All of these opportunities to affect change help drive me everyday.
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