2018-2020 Executive Board Elections
The 2018-2020 Executive Board Elections are open and nominations are as follows. People can reach out to these nominees in NCMATYC Slack in the channel #elections. Members will receive an email ballot from the NCMATYC board. The winners will be announced at the 2018 conference. The 2020-2022 Executive Board Elections will occur in February 2020.
- President Elect:
Susan Howard — Pitt Community College
Holly Bass — Brunswick Community College
Kate Mullins — Wayne Community College
Fernando Schifelbein — Coastal Carolina Community College
Hai Ngo — Central Piedmont Community College
- Eastern Region Vice-President:
Seth McElvaney — Wake Tech Community College
John Bennett — Halifax Community College
James Hedges — Wake Tech Community College
- Central Region Vice-President:
Kann Ozmeral — Central Carolina Community College
- Western Region Vice-President:
Ethan Smith — Catawba Valley Community College
Vicki Todd — Southwestern Community College
- Susan Howard—Pitt Community College
Hello, my name is Susan Howard or as the kids call me “the one that uses a lightsaber in class.” I have worked in mathematics education since the late 90’s with experience ranging from sixth grade through university. My last eight years have been with Pitt Community College where I continue to teach a wide range of courses—DMAs to Calculus 3. I love it! What I love most are the people I work with at PCC and ECU, and through NCMATYC. The best part of our conference is meeting new people and seeing old friends. Now that we have SLACK, the limit to possibility does not exist. This is such a fantastic organization and I would be honored to serve you as your President-Elect.
- Holly Bass— Community College
From a very early age, I wanted to help others with math and share my love of this subject. In college, I tutored high school students and taught part time at a local private high school. I started my community college career at ABTech teaching part time developmental math. After a year, I moved to CA where I taught high school for a year and then returned to the community college system while pursuing my masters degree. Four years ago, I moved back to NC, where I have been teaching full time at Brunswick Community College. Over these 18 years, my passion and love for mathematics has never faded! While in CA, I was very active in CMC^3 and presented multiple times at the southern CA and northern CA conferences on best practices and study skills. I was part of a pilot program incorporating study skills in the classroom. I presented at many colleges nationwide on the benefits of study skills and helped instructors set up their classes. I coauthored a custom PreAlgebra text incorporating study skills. I have attended NCMATYC every year since I returned to NC, have presented at this amazing conference, and was part of the colLABorate initiative. At BCC, I lead the math team, am faculty senate secretary and have fun with math every chance I get! Its a small school and I am so grateful for NCMATYC and the SLACK channel to allow me to connect and colLABorate with other phenomonial math instructors! For this, I would be honored to serve this great organization! Yay MATH!!!!
- Katie Mullins—Wayne Community College
I began my teaching career as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, which I pursued through East Carolina. After completing my bachelors degrees I taught high school mathematics for six years, while obtaining my masters degree. During my time at the high school, I was able to deepen my understanding of mathematical education through several trainings with NCSU, Research for Better Teaching and the Carnegie National Institute. I was also able to help the school system develop and implement their Common Core curriculum maps incorporating literacy and creative projects throughout the system. I am currently the lead mathematics instructor at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC where I have been for the past five years. Since joining the WCC team, I have been able to continue deepening my knowledge base for mathematics education by being a NC Ready for Success Alignment Fellow (Spring 2014), an AMATYC Project ACCCESS Fellow in Cohort 11 (2014 – 2015) and attending several conferences including NCMATYC, including participating in the colLABorate initiative, and AMATYC on multiple occasions. I have used all these resources to help our WCC team develop and update the new courses as they were passed down from the system office. I absolutely LOVE my job and help not only my co-workers, but also anyone who contacts me wanting a clearer understanding of our beautiful language. On a personal note, I enjoy the outdoors and spend as much time there with my family as possible. If the activity includes being close to the water, I’m there, no questions asked!
- Hai Ngo – Central Piedmont Community College
I am currently in my third year as a full-time mathematics instructor at CPCC. I started teaching at CPCC as an adjunct in 2014. I was also an adjunct at Western Piedmont Community College and at Lenoir-Rhyne University. My first experience with NCMATYC was attending the Conference in March 2016. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet people who share my passion. I have learnt new ideas, strategies, and approaches and I have been applying them in my classroom. At CPCC, I am a member of the General Education Foundation Council that supervises the assessment and improvement plan for courses included in the General Education Foundation. I will serve as leads in an intradisciplinary review of student work regarding attainment of Critical Core skills and subsequent changes in signature assignments and instructional strategies aimed at improving student attainment of Critical Core skills. Besides teaching, I also organize the CPCC Student Math League to help prepare students for AMATYC SML and NCMATYC Calculus Tournament. It is my honor to be considered for a position in the NCMATYC Executive Board and I am looking forward to the opportunity to offer my service to the great organization.
- Fernando Schifelbein – Coastal Carolina Community College
I am currently in my 8th year of teaching at Coastal Carolina Community College. Over the years I have really enjoyed teaching at the college level and helping spread mathematical and statistical literacy across my small community. Having experience teaching everything from developmental mathematics to differential equations, I have had the privilege of helping a wide array of students from many different backgrounds become more successful, quantitative and logical thinkers. Seeing their growth and success motivates me to continue to improve myself as an instructor.
I have attended NCMATYC every year since working at Coastal Carolina and have been amazed by the family-like community we foster here. The NCMATYC conference and Slack channel are great places to collaborate with others who are “in your shoes.” They also provide an avenue to learn and collaborate with others who desire to grow in their professional endeavors. NCMATYC also serves as an invaluable asset to the faculty and students by being a platform to voice our support, opinion and concerns regarding matters in the state. With NCMATYC’s close participation with AMATYC, we even have the opportunity to have our voice heard across the country!
As an active member in NCMATYC I really look forward to helping give back to an organization that has helped me grow as an instructor so much over the past 8 years! Personally, I am an eastern North Carolina native and completed all of my education at UNC Wilmington. While there, I met my beautiful wife now of nine years and have been blessed with two children who are now 5 years old and 8 months old.
Eastern Region Vice-President
- Seth McElvaney — Wake Tech Community College
Greetings! I would like to be your next Eastern Region Vice-President. I am in my 8th year of teaching at Wake Tech – 26th year of mathematics teaching, overall. I attended my first NCMATYC Conference in 2011 and was impressed by the camaraderie and genuine friendship shown among all the instructors across this great state. I have been a regular attendee and presenter ever since. NCMATYC has given me so much over the years (conferences, newsletters, competitions) that I would like to give back.I have a great love of mathematics and I am motivated to spread that love to new people and places. At Louisburg College, I taught the school’s first differential equations courses. At Cardinal Gibbons High School, in Raleigh, I developed and taught the school’s first AP Statistics courses. At Wake Tech, I am active in the North Campus Math Club where I encourage students to dig a little deeper into the topics they think they already know. And, in line with the “digging deeper” idea, I am on the STem Academic Research and Training (START) steering committeeI continue to keep up with the world of mathematics outside the community college by assisting with NCSU’s Technical Outreach for Public Schools – part of the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services. I also judge and write math questions on WRAL-TV’s high school quiz show, Brain Game.
If elected I will be interested in getting more schools involved with NCMATYC, building more relationships with secondary school teachers and their curriculum, and serving the members of NCMATYC to the best of my ability.
- John Bennett—Halifax Community CollegeWhile I have been a community college instructor for only 8 years, I have been in mathematics education for 25 years at various levels. Since returning to post-secondary education, I have been a member of NCMATYC and attended every conference since 2012, and presented at every conference since 2013. I participated in the col_LAB_orate pre-conference workshop in 2017 and have served as Halifax Community College’s Faculty Liaison for both NCMATYC and AMATYC since 2013. I attended my first AMATYC conference this past November and served as one of North Carolina’s delegates in the Assembly.
I have also been active in system office initiatives, from serving as a campus representative to the MathCIP to serving on the standards setting team for the NC-DAP. While teaching at HCC, I was a finalist for the American Association of Community College’s 2014 Faculty Innovation Award for coordinating the effort by our Mathematics Department towards greater usage of technology and online integration to enhance student engagement and success. I was also a NISOD Award of Excellence winner that year and served as a Fellow in the NC Ready for Success Math Alignment Program, helping secondary teachers understand and align the high school curriculum to community college and university expectations. I have also been invited to be a reader for the AP Statistics exam each of the last 7 years.
I have a passion for mathematics, and for teaching mathematics in ways that engage and encourage students to see math as more than just a class they have to take, but as a set of skills that will lead to success for the rest of their lives. I love exchanging projects, activities and teaching ideas with colleagues and NCMATYC plays an invaluable role in the continued communicating and collaborating among the Great 58. While this is especially important for smaller colleges with few faculty, it is also a valuable asset for those at larger colleges with many faculty to have that alternate insight. I look forward to helping to aide and assist that collaboration in the coming years, not just in the Eastern Region but across the entire state.
- James Hedges — Wake Tech Community College
I respect your time, so I think I need to get my main point across first. I will be serving on a state-wide committee to formulate and shape the “Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence” (RISE) redesign that our state is moving forward with. You might know of this initiative as the change from pre-requisite developmental math to a co-requisite model. My primary goal in running for a board position with NCMATYC is to represent what faculty want in this initiative. If you elect me as Eastern Region VP, I will go above and beyond in seeking your ideas, opinions, and concerns. I will take your feedback to the RISE committee and fight for you as your representative. I also hope to help open lines of communication between NCMATYC and the RISE committee so that faculty are informed and their voices are heard.That is my main point: I want to represent you on the RISE committee. Now, here is a little more about my background.I’ve been teaching at Wake Tech since 2010. I’ve served in a few different roles, starting as an adjunct instructor, then moving in to a full time position teaching developmental math, and then for the past several years, teaching curriculum math. While teaching developmental math, we piloted and then fully implemented the famous DMA redesign. I’m like you in that I love math, love teaching, and love opening students’ eyes to the utility and beauty of what we are exploring. If you’ve approached me at conferences in the past several years, it’s likely we had a conversation about statistics or online teaching. I have been working to improve my online courses for the past few years, and you may have seen my presentations at AMATYC or NCMATYC on fostering student-student collaboration in online classes.Again, to reiterate, the unique thing I bring to the table is my involvement with RISE. I want to serve you in that role the best I can, and I think you will be pleased to have me representing your interests to that committee.
Central Region Vice-President
- Kaan Ozmeral – Central Carolina Community College
Mathematics has been a love of mine since I was very young. The elementary school I attended in Baton Rouge, LA had Math Olympics each year in which every student participated. Each classroom had different math related events such as flash cards and worksheets. I was the gold medal winner as a kindergartener. I stumbled in first grade because I had not learned how to read a clock yet, so I ended up the silver medalist that year. I was able to overcome this analog obstacle in second grade, however, and re-established myself as the gold medalist. Then I switched schools, but I was lucky enough to have a father who taught me algebra which kept my passion for math intact.
I have taught at most levels including after-school elementary programs, middle school basketball and soccer coach, high school math teacher, Princeton Review Master Teacher/Tutor for ACT, SAT, GRE, and GMAT, and for the last five years, community college Math Instructor. I have a MS in Pure Mathematics from NC Central University where I worked under Dr. Melikyan, who has his own Lie Group Algebra named after him. I remember walking into his office for the first time to ask him if he would be my mentor, and he opened a textbook and asked me, “Do you know what any of this means?” I looked at the page of strange symbols and equations and said, “Actually, no, I have no idea what I am looking at.” He then pointed to heading of the chapter which was ‘Melikyan Algebra’ and said, “This is my Algebra”.
NCMATYC serves an important role for the math community of North Carolina. Having an opportunity to share a few days with colleagues each year both at the annual conference and math competition is an invaluable experience. We all have different methods and experiences that contribute to our collective efforts to become better teachers. During my first year teaching at Central Carolina, my chair, Scott Byington, said to me, “As teachers we are always learning and striving to be better at our craft. The moment we stop is the moment when we shouldn’t be teachers.” NCMATYC creates this venue, and I would like to be a part of leading this organization toward maximizing these opportunities.
Western Region Vice-President
- Ethan Smith—Catawba Valley Community College
I am currently in the midst of my second year of teaching at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) and in my sixth year of teaching, in general. My journey into mathematics education started in Durham, North Carolina, where I received my Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a concentration in secondary education from North Carolina Central University (NCCU). While studying at NCCU, I had the opportunity to volunteer at several middle schools and to complete my required student teaching at Hillside High School teaching three sections of Algebra I (now called NC Math I). After graduating from NCCU, Ithen pursued graduate studies at Appalachian State University (ASU) where I obtained my Master of Arts in mathematics with a focus on collegiate pedagogy. While at ASU, I had the opportunity to co-teach a section of pre-calculus with Dr. Katrina Palmer and then to teach college algebra with applications on my own under her supervision. Upon completing my graduate studies, I was offered a full-time position as a secondary mathematics teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, where I taught for two years. However, I had always hoped to move back to the foothills region of North Carolina, and I was fortunate enough to be offered a full-time position at CVCC. Now, as a full-time member of the Department of Mathematics at CVCC, I wish to be more involved in NCMATYC and continue to uphold the vision of the organization: to be the leading voice and resource in North Carolina for excellence in mathematics education in the first two years of college. Furthermore, as your Western Region Vice President, I will strive to increase the levels of collaboration between the extraordinary mathematicians in our organization and throughout the Great 58!
- Vicki Todd—Southwestern Community College
There has not been a time since high school that I did not love math. One of my first jobs was tutoring children in math. I never thought that I would be teaching, so I avoided education classes and ended up with a Masters in Business Management. After working for several years and meeting the love of my life, having children led me back to tutoring math once again. It became very clear that I would be working outside of the home once our children were in school. That’s where my path intersected with NCMATYC. When I started as an adjunct instructor at Southwestern Community College, I had little idea of what I was doing. Luckily, I was at a school that supported adjuncts and paid for me to go to a wonderful conference called NCMATYC. I was so inspired by other instructors that I took a leap and jumped back into graduate school. During that time, I was allowed to pilot MAT 143 and used that experience to publish a paper about Quantitative Literacy. After receiving my Maters in Applied Mathematics and receiving a full times teaching position, I was accepted into the ACCCESS project sponsored by AMATYC. Through the experience I have had with NCMATYC and AMATYC, I have been able to expand and sharpen my instructional skills to reach more students as well as encourage other instructors. So many innovative ideas for instruction come from these wonderful organizations. It is my time to give back to the organization that has enabled me to do my job better. I not only love math but I love Western North Carolina. If elected, I would represent our region with hard work, dedication and a love of math and teaching that could never be denied. Thank you for your time and support.