Marcy Knudson, professor of mathematics and computer science, brought over three years of experience with the IBM corporation to Hastings. She moved to town so her husband could be closer to his family. After working in a few other “private sector” jobs and then caring for her children as a stay-at-home mother, Knudson was ready to return to her originally-intended career, teaching.
Knudson has seen many changes since her first students sat down in pairs at bulky computer monitors to practice computer tools, such as the course adding more sections and the transition into sleeker technology. However, she hopes to have helped them all in the same ways.
“I hope that I have helped students acquire technical skills that facilitate the learning process in their other classes and that equip them for careers they will choose,” Knudson said. “I hope I have helped them to see they have abilities which they have just begun to tap.”
Knudson began teaching in the fall of 1997 as an adjunct professor after completing Hastings College’s MAT program in May.
Working on the east coast with IBM first seemed to offer more adventure, Knudson said. So she took that job, instead of teaching, after earning her education degree.
However, she believes this choice has benefited not only her but also her students.
This background has allowed her to more fully understand the software used in class and to circumvent problems that arise, Knudson said.
Also, her background has provided understanding of what employers will expect from students.
Knudson plans to spend her extra time gardening, reading and pursuing more community service work.
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