Faculty member since: 1990
Pre-Algebra; Elementary, Intermediate and College Algebra
Math for the Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley
Master of Arts in Statistics, University of California at Berkeley
What brought you to Brookdale?
After we moved to New Jersey, I was a stay at home mom with two babies 15 months apart. During that time, I came to Brookdale and earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Science in 1987. I learned what a wonderful education Brookdale Community College can offer for students. When the opportunity arose, I applied and became an adjunct first and, later on, a full-time math faculty member.
Describe one or more of your biggest achievements as a Brookdale faculty member:
My biggest achievement has been helping students acquire important skills and succeed in reaching their goals through hard work and passion. The support and dedication of the Brookdale faculty and staff have made it possible.
I am grateful to have been nominated and recognized several times over the years by Brookdale through the Outstanding Colleague, Distinguished Alumni, World’s Quiet Hero and Barringer awards. I am proud that I was nominated by Brookdale and received the 2013 New Jersey Professor of the Year award by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in partnership with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Beyond academics, I was involved in advancing the appreciation of cultural diversity by being an active member of the Diversity Council on campus in 1993 and I served as co-chair from 1998-2000. I am the founder of the Brookdale Asia Society and have been serving as its advisor since 1994. I am happy that Asia Society has been elected Best Club on Campus three times over the years. I myself received a Gold Star Award for the Best Club Advisor in 2012.
Do you work outside of the college?
I have also been involved in the development of teaching Chinese languages and cultures in the community. I was an instructor for International Language Summer Camp Adventures, teaching Chinese for 2nd to 8th graders through Brookdale’s Continuing Education division from 1993 to 1998. I have worked closely with the local Chinese-American communities for decades, primarily through Chinese schools and local school districts. I received the Professional Achievement Award from New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce in 2014.
What would you say is your most memorable moment – or moments – as a member of the Brookdale community?
I have experienced quite a few memorable moments through the years that I have been teaching at Brookdale. My most memorable moment is what I call the “light-bulb moment,” when the students’ faces light up upon grasping a new concept. That moment is very precious for me. To see those smiling faces drives me to continue to teach the best that I can. If I can make a difference to one student, it is worth every bit of my energy and every second of my time. Whenever my students told me that they wanted to do their best because they knew I believed in them, I was almost in tears.
After my students graduated, some of them would drop me a line or visit me. I feel that is also my most memorable moment. Most of my students continue on to different paths including education, business, marketing, security, public relations or as stay-at-home parents. Each student makes me very proud. And, of course, to have my picture with one of my students on a New Jersey Transit bus Brookdale ad in 2013-14 is a memory that I will never forget!
What do you think separates Brookdale from other colleges?
Brookdale offers many programs and has tremendous quality resources. We also have partnerships with many four year colleges including Rutgers, Monmouth, Georgia Court to name a few. Faculty, administrators, and staffs are very supportive and student-centered. They are very reachable and personal.
In our Math Department, we offer everything from Foundational Studies to college-level coursework. We have a complete spectrum of courses for different pathways of students who are interested in becoming humanities, business, social science, health science and STEM majors. What is special about the Math department at Brookdale? Students are welcome to study in the Math Lab in groups or individually. They can get help from Academic Tutors without making an appointment. They can sit with their instructors outside of class to get extra help when needed.
Each Math faculty teaches foundational studies as well as college level math courses. As a result, Math faculty have an excellent understanding of the students’ abilities and the connections between various math curriculum. In fact, math faculty work very hard to update the curriculum for each course regularly. We are very passionate about what we do. We share ideas, work closely with each other and provide the best resources for our students to learn math.