Mrs. Kelsey Doughman
Kelsey Doughman is a graduate of the University of Rio Grande. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree 2009. Kelsey was hired this Fall as the Math Specialist/Tutor in the Math Lab. Read the responses below to a set of questions we recently asked her.
How long have you been teaching at Rio? This is my first year teaching at Rio Grande. I am the Math Specialist/Tutor in the Math Lab. The Math Lab is here for the students as a resource for tutoring and support. We want the students to be successful in their Math courses. We are here to help students understand the Math concepts better, as well as help on homework and prep for exams. We welcome all students to come see us, no appointments necessary.
Over the years how many different courses have you taught? (estimate if you can’t remember exactly J ) I spent 3 years teaching at High School, I taught a variety of classes from Vocational Math to College Prep Algebra.
What is your favorite course to teach at Rio…and why? I love teaching Algebra. Algebra teaches the problem solving skills and strategies that are the basis for almost all other math classes.
In your discipline (i.e., Mathematics), what individual (or two or three) would you most like to spend a day with so you could pick their brain? (you can choose someone no longer walking the planet…) Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz. They were both brilliant men that made amazing contributions to Calculus and the Math we use today.
What is your favorite food? Steak
What is your favorite all-time movie (or two)? Despicable Me and the Twilight Saga
What is your favorite hobby/past-time activity? Showing and riding horses.
If you were not a “Mathematician”, what would you like to do as a profession—disregarding whether it paid more or less than what you are making now? I probably would be a Veterinarian or something involving showing and training animals. I have always had a love for animals and have always enjoyed working with them.
Describe the one aspect of teaching you like the least. (Preparing exams and/or quizzes? Grading? Preparing a syllabus? Developing a new course? Lectures? Labs? Other?) I hate failing students. I try to do everything I can to help students be successful. When a student does not put in the effort to do their best, it really bothers me. I want nothing but the best for my students. If students embrace their education, it will only open doors for them. But if they choose to ignore their education and opportunities, it will close doors.
How many years did it take you to earn your B.S. degree? 4 years
What century did your earn your B.S. degree in? 21st century
What set of circumstances resulted in your becoming a mathematician? Math was my favorite subject in High School so I decided to pursue what I enjoyed, and that was Math.
If you could choose to live anywhere else on this planet (i.e., not counting Rio Grande), where would it be and why? It would be Hilton Head Island, SC. It’s such a beautiful place. I love the beach and the preserved natural state of the island.
Identify one “thing” from “the good old days.” Gas under a $1 a gallon.
What is your favorite quote? “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” ~Abraham Lincoln