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Lewis Finds A Winning Formula at Florissant Valley

Christine Lewis

Christine Lewis has loved math since the fourth grade. It all started when Lewis, now an associate professor of mathematics at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, learned how to do long division.

“I visited our community center after school to get help with long division,” Lewis said. “A teaching assistant helped me see the light and made a difference in my life.”

Lewis graduated from STLCC-Florissant Valley in 1989. She has been teaching at the Florissant Valley campus for nearly 15 years. Before she started teaching, she worked on the assembly line at the General Motors Assembly Center in Wentzville.

“God and two previous math teachers at Florissant Valley, Roy Pearson and Herman Stephenson, inspired me to teach,” said Lewis.

Both teachers urged her to get bachelor's and master’s degrees in mathematics. Lewis said Pearson would tutor her some weekends during her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

After earning her master’s degree in mathematics in 2000, Pearson encouraged her to teach part time.

“I knew that first night after teaching that God had been preparing me for this moment,” Lewis said. “I quickly made a decision to quit my job at General Motors to teach.”

Her coworkers thought that she had lost her mind because she took a considerable pay cut.

“But I knew that I would be happier teaching and that still remains true,” she said. "I enjoy working here just as much as I enjoyed attending school here.”

Lewis said that some of her greatest accomplishments include earning an associate degree, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree while working mandatory overtime hours at General Motors, in addition to raising a son as a single parent.

And the list of accomplishments goes on. 

During her sabbatical leave last summer, Lewis prepared and submitted her online MTH:140 course through the Quality Matters (QM) Peer Review Process and met 100 percent of the standards on the first review.

“This is an arduous review process,” said Robin Grebing, director of online education at STLCC.

QM is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online and blended course design and online components. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education because of its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning.

Lewis was introduced to QM during the new online education program in January 2012. All STLCC teachers of online and/or hybrid courses are required to complete the program.

“I submitted my online intermediate algebra course in the summer of 2014 and was informed that it met all the Quality Matters review standards receiving a score of 95 points out of 95 possible points on the first review,” said Lewis.

The QM Peer Review team consisted of experienced online faculty from across the nation who have attended QM training and learned how to apply the QM Rubric. QM relies on the experience, expertise and common sense of its faculty reviewers to conduct reviews fairly and consistently and to judge whether the course meets the standards of at least 85 percent or above.

“This is the first course at STLCC to be peer-reviewed through QM and is a milestone for online education at the college,” Grebing added.

As a college graduate who worked while raising a child, Lewis offered some advice on how to succeed.

“Now that you have made the decision to further your education, get help with learning how to manage your time and organize your day to get things accomplished," she said. "And take advantage of the wide range of resources that are available to you at STLCC.”

By Rachel Gomez