May 10, 2014
The red team scrambles to solve a math problem at the Mount
Saint Mary College Knight Race.
About 300 eager children of Pine Tree Elementary School in
Monroe, N.Y. and their families had a blast with mathematics,
thanks to dedicated pre-service teachers from Mount Saint Mary
More than 30 Mount students lent their
skills to the college’s latest Family Math Night, which featured
activities designed for the second through fifth grade youngsters.
The children were also given suggestions on how to continue the
enrichment on their own.
Karen Borst of Levittown, N.Y. had students enthusiastically
making and breaking secret codes through a quick study of
cryptography; Mark Botta of Chester, N.Y. and Sarah Kelleher of
Poughquag, N.Y. taught place values through building houses on
“Even and Odd Street”; and Toni Navarro of Marlboro, N.Y. presented
a shortest-route challenge with the maze-like “Robot Utopia.” Other
activities included arts, crafts, and brainteasers of all
Right: Toni Navarro’s “Pac-Man”-like “Robot Utopia” gave
students a shortest-route challenge with a sci-fi twist.
Faculty advisors for the event were Lee Fothergill and Kathleen
Venable, mathematics; and Monica Merritt, education.
“Our future teachers are helping the students get excited about
mathematics the same way we are,” said Fothergill.
Monica Merritt added, “With the new
Common Core math standards, parents more than ever are interested
in creative ways to engage their students in mathematics.”
Held periodically at area schools, Family Math Nights give Mount
students unique fieldwork experience as they serve their
Preparing the Mount’s pre-service math teachers is a top
priority for Mount mathematics professors.
“The more often they’re in front of students, the more
comfortable they are going to be in their student teaching and in
their own classrooms,” said Fothergill.
Left: Mount mathematics major Taylor LoMeli of Patterson, N.Y.,
teaches a young student various applications of measuring.
Kathy Aldinger ’99, a second grade teacher at Pine Tree
Elementary for 13 years, helped organize the event. Brian Giudice,
principal, was pleased with the students’ great interest in the
Back on campus, Mount math enthusiasts exercised brain and brawn
at the annual Knight Race, just a few short weeks before Mount
Saint Mary College’s 2014 commencement this May.
Anticipation filled the warm spring air
as mathematics major Margaret Fallon of Norwalk, Conn. explained
Seven teams in color-coordinated athletic garb were given two
hours to complete 10 mathematical challenges around the campus.
With a ten minute limit per challenge, students had to hustle
between stations to complete their tasks on time.
Strong faculty and small classes, along with state-of-the-art
equipment, helps prepare Mount students for careers in educational
technologies, networking, web technologies and more. For future
math teachers, a SMART board develops skills required for New York
Right: The purple team, led by Alexander Florez of Madison,
N.J. (center, wearing headband) is off and running at the Mount’s
recent Knight Race.
Students graduating with mathematics and information technology
degrees work as financial analysts, actuaries, bank managers,
statisticians, researchers, programmers, teachers and in other
Read more about the Mount’s commitment to mathematics and the
outstanding work of pre-service teachers in the Mount Saint Mary
College Magazine: http://magazine.msmc.edu