Robin C McNally
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Office Location: ASO Suite, Lawson 009
Schedule: MAT 102 M,W,F 9- 9:50
MAT 200 M,W,F 10-10:50
Degrees: B.S., Shepherd College; M.S., Wilmington College
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"Math is important because it relates to the everyday world."
As a mathematics teacher for more than 35 years, Robin McNally has a passion for math, and it shows in her teaching.
"I conduct class like a sports team practice," she said. "I explain to students what I want them to do, and then together we practice by working out problems."
Math is about Understanding
McNally agrees that math is not the favorite subject of most students; however, she feels that part of the problem may be the way math is often taught. Math is about more than memorization:
"Do you think that good poker and blackjack players win because of luck?" she asked. "It's not about luck; it's because they understand math. They can figure out all the probabilities of getting that certain hand to win."
McNally Supports Her Students
McNally appreciates and supports all her students. She tutors students in the Academic Support Office (ASO) program five days a week and teaches math courses at night.
"My favorite thing about Reinhardt is the students," she explained. "They are so energetic and have a thirst for knowledge. I help them to do their best so that they can succeed and reach their goals."
Elizabeth A. Smith
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Sciences
Mathematics Education Program Coordinator
Office Location: Tarpley 308
Office Hours: check my updated schedule and email me with your available times.
Degrees: B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo; M.S., Georgia State University
“My students know that I care about them and that they can come and ask me for help any time.”
Convenient Individual Attention
You will never find Elizabeth Smith’s door closed; it’s always open for students to stop in and ask questions about class or a particular math problem. Whether it’s a few moments before her next class or at her son’s soccer practice, she makes her time and knowledge convenient for students.
“That’s what is so special about Reinhardt,” she said. “The professors can give students the individual attention and time each one needs to be successful in a course.”
“Hands-On” Math Experiences
Smith wants her students to see how math can be exciting and fun, and she incorporates unique projects into her classes so that students can get “hands-on” experience with math.
“When we learn about the Pythagorean Theorem, I have students go outside and measure the height of different buildings by only using shadows,” explained Smith. “Students tell me that this project really helps them understand the math concepts because they are applying it in the real world.”
Because she typically teaches only freshmen, Smith’s goal is to make the transition from high school to college mathematics less stressful for her students.
“I see many students that start off the semester afraid of math or thinking they are bad at math,” she said. “I engage and challenge them in class so that by the end of the semester, they begin to realize that math isn’t so bad after all.”