Kerry Ravan, MADepartment Chair, Mathematics
Program Coordinator, Secondary Mathematics
Unit: Mathematics and Computer Science, College of Humanities and Sciences, School of Sciences and Math
Teaching & Education
You will learn with me when taking courses in freshman-level mathematics courses through Calculus I.
- BA, Mathematics, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- MAT, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
- EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Carolina (in process)
My experience includes teaching math for six years in secondary education in North Carolina. I have been teaching at the university level since 2012.
Early in my freshman year of high school, I knew I wanted to teach high school mathematics. After receiving the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship, I attended the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill to pursue this dream. I became a licensed secondary mathematics educator in North Carolina upon completing my M.A.T. degree at UNC. I taught high school mathematics for three years in North Carolina before meeting my husband and moving to South Carolina. I continued teaching for three more years before the long commute convinced me to look for teaching jobs closer to home. I applied and interviewed for multiple secondary education jobs in South Carolina; however, God kept closing the doors of these opportunities despite my high qualifications.
I then saw a position open at North Greenville University but chose not to apply since I did not have my doctorate. However, I kept getting this nagging feeling that I needed to apply for the job since such a job would combine my passion for teaching mathematics with my love for sharing Jesus. I applied for the position during the summer of 2012, and the rest is history. It turned out that the Math Department needed someone interested in teaching freshman-level mathematics who could assist with Mathematics Education courses in the future.
Although there are times when I do miss teaching high school, there is nothing more satisfying than teaching mathematics from a biblical worldview within a community of fellow believers. I know God called me to NGU to teach mathematics and help mentor future educators, especially high school mathematics teachers.
Favorite Course to Teach:
My favorite course to teach is MATH 1315 Contemporary Mathematics. As a general education mathematics course, I teach many students who are not fond of the subject and often struggle with it. Teaching Contemporary Mathematics provides me with the opportunity to help struggling students find self-confidence as they experience successes in the course.
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