Professor Pam Frost knows that the idea of math strikes fear in the hearts of many. However, as a 35-year plus veteran math teacher, she also knows math is an important part of every-day 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 for all.
Technology has given her some of the tools and support to fulfill this mission. Pam teaches blended, traditional, and online math using MyMathLab, a web-based product that integrate interactive multimedia instruction (video, animation, multimedia) with textbook content along with other tools. 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 more than 20 years, and served as the math chair from 2006-2009 and 2011-2013 At MxCC, Pam has served as a past faculty advisors to the PTK honor society, Chair of College Council and various standing committees, Chair of Faculty Forum, etc. . She is involved with the MxCC Sustainability Team and has worked on a number of sustainable landscaping projects on campus. The most recent of these projects is the Veteran’s Memorial Garden outside of Chapman Hall. Currently she is part of the Transitional Year Program faculty team at MxCC. She also sits on the Connecticut Community College System’s Math Issues Committee and Basic Skills Council as well as a past member of the PA 12-40 Advisory Committee for the Board of Regents.
Off-campus, Pamis involved with various Middletown initiatives. ,. 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. Pam is also a long standing member of Middletown’s Complete Streets Committee and advocates to make the city more pedestrian and bike friendly.
Pam received a B.S. in mathematics with a concentration in secondary education from Towson State University in Towson, Maryland. She earned a master’s degree in education with a concentration in mathematics from Western Maryland College in Westminster. She continues to take classes and workshops as well as attend a wide variety of professional development activities.