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Five STLCC Instructors Present at AMATYC Conference

November 12, 2013

Kim Granger  
Kim Granger

Five St. Louis Community College math instructors presented at the recent American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) 39th Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The STLCC presenters were John Coburn (Florissant Valley), Seth Daugherty (Forest Park), Laurie McManus (Meramec), and Kim Granger and Rebecca Schantz (Wildwood).

The AMATYC Conference supports two-year college faculty by providing them with professional development opportunities through conferences, webinars, workshops and other avenues.

Daugherty was eager to share with his colleagues from across the nation at the conference.

Seith Daugherty  
Seth Daugherty

“I first went to the national conference two years ago and had a really positive experience,” he said. “I came back with a lot of really great ideas from a lot of different people. I figured it was only fair that I share some of my ideas with a lot of different people, so I decided to present at this year’s conference.”

Daugherty’s presentation focused on testing students through oral assessments rather than traditional “pen and paper” tests.

Granger touts the importance of the conference to her professionally.

“Attending the AMATYC Conference allows me to network with faculty from around the country and informs me on how to make changes to my teaching that benefit students,” she said. “It also helps me stay up-to-date with what changes are happening around the country in the way community colleges are teaching mathematics.”

McManus echoes those thoughts. “I have the opportunity to reflect on my practice and the practice of my colleagues. I gain insights and techniques that I can apply to my teaching,” she said. “My experiences at AMATYC improve my practice. My students benefit from insights gained and techniques learned for promoting student success.“