In the fall of 2015, Leonel J. Carmona joined Middlesex Community College as a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics Department. The growth and commitment that MxCC has undergone—to become the college of a diverse community—is what prompted his choice. Leonel’s teaching experiences at Capital Community College, as well as his bilingual ability, provide him the opportunity to successfully work with students from urban, nontraditional and multicultural backgrounds. Moreover, his fluency in Spanish enables him to conduct lectures, classes, presentations and business in both English and Spanish.
The foresight of MxCC also motivated him to become a faculty member—its vision, i.e., the promotion of additional STEM courses, parallels his pedagogic philosophy. The various responsibilities, positions and teaching practices that he held at Capital for the past 25 years have prepared him to embrace new challenges. His teaching experience includes an extensive variety of college-level instruction in the areas of mathematics (from developmental to upper-level credit courses). Furthermore, his experience includes teaching courses in physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and computer engineering. Thus, the engineering pathway captured his interest.
Leonel has broad knowledge of laboratory instruments, programming and technology. This knowledge includes the use of Blackboard, a current tool for enhanced online learning. Additionally, he is skilled in computer-based programs used in math applications, as well as the TI graphing calculator. He has also presented numerous graphing calculator workshops to faculty, staff and students on the use of this technology.
Leonel has a passion for scholarship, coupled with a devotion to the advisement of students in developing educational plans consistent with their educational goals. He also advises students in the process of transferring to other institutions of higher education.
Leonel earned a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from Central Connecticut State University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Trinity College, Phi Beta Kappa, graduating with honors. Other achievements include Mathematics Award (academic-first place) and Physics Award (academic-first place). He earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Capital Community College, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (president) and Mathematics Award (academic-first place).
He is affiliated with MATYCONN (Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges of Connecticut), Mathematics Basic Skills & Mathematics Issues.
Outside the classroom, he participates in various sports such as tennis, basketball, bicycling, hiking and jogging.