I have been a member of the UHD faculty since Fall 2005. My main objective in teaching is to engage my students. I aim to provide experiences for my students that are enlightening, stimulating, and offer opportunities for student participation, at times including humor, magic, and games in the classroom to further instill a comfortable learning atmosphere. I continually challenge and set high expectations for my students. To learn mathematics one must do mathematics, and to do it correctly and with serious effort and particular attention to detail.
My current research focus is primarily in mathematics education, as part of a "community of practice" with colleagues in Mathematics and Statistics and Urban Education at UHD since 2010. Such participation, specifically in both the UHD Noyce Mathematics Teacher Scholarship Program and the UHD Teacher Quality Mathematics Leadership Project, have inspired and challenged me to become a better teacher (and for some courses, co-teacher) for my students, to think about teaching in new and exciting ways, and to apply these new teaching strategies and techniques in all of my courses, from freshman-level algebra to sophomore-level calculus to upper level operations research and decision mathematics courses, and also our teacher preparation courses for future elementary, middle, and high school teachers.
I am currently an Assistant Chair in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, a position I have held since Fall 2012. I assist in the scheduling of courses and completion of textbook orders for our department each semester, as well as manage the implementation of our co-requisite course offerings for developmental mathematics students at UHD, in compliance with Texas HB 2223.