Teresa deSousa Cull
Teresa deSousa Cull is the math instructional support specialist for the Mathematics Department since June 2014. Her main responsibilities include providing assistance to faculty and students in mathematics through intensive workshop instruction (“Math Fast Track Workshops”) for students needing remediation and transitional strategies; supplemental instruction/embedded support assistance for faculty and students within a classroom setting; tutorial assistance to students (one-on-one or small group); and consultations with students to assess proper math placement.
She attended Central Connecticut State University, where she earned a BS in Mathematics (Certifiable for Secondary Teaching) and MS in Mathematics for Certified Secondary Teachers. Her thesis work for her master’s degree was a study and publication of the “Effect of Formative Assessment on Student Achievement in Mathematics.” Shortly after completing her master’s, Teresa was selected to be part of the first Sixth-Year in Mathematics Education Leadership and Administration program in Connecticut, also at CCSU. From her Mathematics Education Leadership Program coursework credits, she obtained State of Connecticut Department Chair Certification.
Before coming to Middlesex Community College, Teresa spent 11 years as a math teacher at Nonnewaug High School (Region #14—Woodbury, Conn.), where she also served as department chair. While teaching at the high school, she also served as a math adjunct faculty member at Central Connecticut State University from 2011 to 2013. At CCSU, she also served as a peer supplemental instructor during her undergraduate studies.
Teresa describes herself as organized, friendly and dedicated. In the classroom, she brings the learning of mathematics alive through the use of technology, class discourse, discovery learning and peer groups. She has found these techniques to be effective with all learners, no matter the math level or institution. Teresa’s passions beyond the classroom are curriculum development, assessment design, new teacher mentoring/supervising, technology in the classroom, website design, leadership involvement/roles, effective teaching practices and “Bridge to College” partnerships.
In the short time at MxCC, Teresa has enjoyed working closely with both faculty and students in different capacities. She focuses her time during the summer on the “Math Fast-Track Workshops” that are offered to students who place into developmental math courses. She enjoys helping students gain the knowledge and confidence to either move up a level in math placement, or just give them the basics for a smoother transition into math placement for the semester(s) to come. Teresa hopes to continue to help students of all ages learn math more conceptually than they may have in their past experiences. She strongly feels that creating a good understanding of the basics (number sense) is where it starts. Teresa strives to assist students in developing a feeling of empowerment by making them realize they can achieve—and learn anything—when they set their minds to do it.
Aside from the tasks outlined under her job description, Teresa also finds ways to assist the college in various ways. Some additional committees, programs and initiatives that Teresa continually enjoys being involved with are the Commencement Committee, Transitional Year Program, Transitional Strategies Program, providing Graphing Calculator Workshops, teaching the MAT*298—Math Education in Practice course she created, running Math Support Sessions, analyzing developmental math course data to assist with course/program improvements, and being proactive with math department initiatives and events. She has also enjoyed bringing her knowledge and experiences of working both at the high school and college level together by working with the Meriden Public School system high schools as the math coordinator for the “Bridge to College” initiative. She has supported the two high schools with the implementation of offering MAT*085 to seniors both at Platt and Maloney. She says it has been rewarding to see some of those students graduate and attend MxCC with a much more mature attitude, ready to pursue a degree that they never thought they could reach.
Outside of the teaching arena, Teresa enjoys warm weather, the beach, water activities, walks, autumn fairs, festivals, cooking, home improvement, museums, day trips, multicultural food, foreign languages, family and friends. Most importantly, she treasures the time and memories made with her husband and three-year-old daughter.