- MAT* F085 Pre-Algebra & Elem Algebra http://mxcc.edu/catalog/course-descriptions/mat
- MAT* F137E Intermediate Algebra Embedded http://mxcc.edu/catalog/course-descriptions/mat
Professor Pam Frost knows that the idea of math strikes fear in the hearts of many. However, as a 39-year veteran math teacher, she also knows math is an important part of everyday life and a requirement for most students’ educational goals. So she has made it her mission to create a classroom environment and curriculum that makes learning math less fearsome and more accessible and engaging for all.
Technology has given her some of the tools and support to fulfill this mission. Pam teaches traditional, blended and online using various web-based products that integrate interactive multimedia instruction (video, animation, multimedia) with textbook content. Students are able to use these resources in the classroom and when studying from home.
Pam also uses Blackboard learning technology to engage students and present mathematical concepts in more vibrant ways—accessible on most of today’s interactive devices. These innovative tools help create an energetic classroom that welcomes (and motivates) learners of all levels and styles.
It also is important to Pam that students develop the right attitude, work habits and approach to learning. While she works with students to create personalized study plans based on their needs and abilities, she also encourages them to leverage their own skills to conquer—and even embrace—math as a vibrant part of their world.
She has been a teacher at MxCC for 23 years, and served as the math chair from 2006–09 and 2011–13 At MxCC, Pam has served as a past faculty advisor to the PTK honor society, chair of College Council and various standing committees, chair of Faculty Forum, etc. She has been involved with the MxCC Sustainability Team and has worked on a number of sustainable landscaping projects on campus. Pam is returning from a semester-long sabbatical leave, where she reviewed and developed resources for teaching Intermediate Algebra (http://matyconn.matyc.org/IntAlgebra/). Currently, she is part of the Transitional Year Program faculty team and is leading a pilot of open source materials in Intermediate Algebra classes.
Off-campus, Pam is involved with the nonprofit North End Action Team (NEAT) based in Middletown. She actively participates with the NEAT Hiking Club for kids and other NEAT programs, and has served as a mentor for several North End kids—some of whom have gone on to graduate from MxCC and then Wesleyan. Pam is also a member of Middletown’s Complete Streets Committee that works to make our streets more pedestrian and bike friendly.
Pam received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a concentration in secondary education from Towson State University in Towson, Md. She earned a master’s degree in education with a concentration in mathematics from Western Maryland College (now called McDaniel College) in Westminster. She continues to take classes and workshops as well as attend a wide variety of professional development activities.
Her professional affiliations include the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), and the Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges of Connecticut (MATYCONN).