By Sabrina Z.
The ACE family has grown and we would like to introduce our new Math Center Coordinator, Tony Perez.
Tony will be heading up the Math/SI Center housed at ACE alongside the MFDWC and Peer Tutoring.
Jason and I sat down to record a Popcast with Tony and Dr. Komara, Director of ACE.
Along with our conversation, we asked Tony to answer some questions that we could post up here with the Popcast.
What is your position here at OLLU?
I joined the team at OLLU to coordinate the efforts of the newly developed ACE Math Center. I’ll be coordinating the efforts between students, faculty, SI Leaders, and peer tutors to help improve students’ understanding of math.
What kind of services will the Math/SI Lab offer?
Who can utilize it?
The primary service we offer includes one-on-one tutoring in math and science. During the summer, we’ll offer a bridge program for incoming freshmen to see and use math in fun and interesting ways. Another service in the works includes supplemental instruction for our math courses. I hope to see the Math Center become a place where students gather to work on math-related homework and activities. The Math Center is open to all students.
What role will you play in the Math Center?
My role in the Math Center will be to tie together the loose ends between faculty, staff and students. While there are many interests contributing to the mix, we all share a common goal: to help our students improve their understanding of math. My role will be to facilitate that process.
What brought you to OLLU? What interested you about the campus?
When I first learned of the position, I was at a point in my life where I was seeking professional fulfillment. My previous job was going fine, but it lacked something. It didn’t hold my interest in a way I was seeking. Several things about the campus interest me: the student population, the Catholic tradition, and the beautiful buildings.
How can students confront their fear of math?
By getting a little help. One-on-one tutoring is a great way to face math challenges. After that, it’s just practice. I’ve seen students improve their math skills after a short boost to their confidence. There’s no magic to it. Once students see that they do know math, it comes more easily to them.
What excites you most about math?
The usefulness and universality of math is very exciting to me. Math helps us to accomplish so many things. This podcast, for example, wouldn’t be possible without the engineering miracles people perform to make technology work. Math can be used to describe and help us understand almost anything.
Why do you believe math is important in life?
Math touches so much of what we do. I also believe math helps us become better thinkers. An understanding of math gives us the mental capacity to hold deeper concepts or challenging issues in our mind and discover solutions to bigger problems – for ourselves or for society. It’s not the only way to develop that capacity, but it helps.
We at ACE are so happy to have Tony on-board to help our OLLU students with their math needs. Like Tony said in his interview, math can be fun and interesting if people are shown the many ways that it can be used and the important role it plays in life.
Welcome to OLLU, Tony!
A big thanks to Consultant and Motivational Monday author Jason Martinez, for being a technological genius with editing and putting together these Popcasts. We could not make the majority of this content happen without his help and knowledge. Two thumbs up to you, Jason!