Michelle J. Breaux

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Mathematics Faculty
Primary Department:
 Phone: 623.935.8351
 Location: EST N 271
Monday: 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am-11:00 am
Wednesday: 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-11:00 am
Friday: 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Office Hours Additional Information 
My office hours on Mondays & Wednesdays for Spring 2018 are held in the Math Success Center in Estrella Hall South (1st floor). All other office hours are held in my office in Estrella Hall (EST N 271).


B.S. in Industrial Engineering
Stanford University
M.S. in Mathematics
Claremont Graduate University

About Michelle
I have been at EMCC since August 2007 and currently teach primarily mathematics with some introductory engineering thrown into the mix from time to time.  Prior to teaching, I worked for Verizon Communications gaining experience as a telecommunications network engineer, an engineering project manager, and as a supervisor of facilities administration in the Outside Plant Construction department.  I also worked as an intern in the Optoelectroncis Division at Hewlett-Packard in San Jose, California between my junior and senior years of college.

General Teaching Philosophy
My classes embrace creativity and require critical thinking, collaboration, and active student engagement on a daily basis.  Students in my classes learn by doing.  I challenge students to discover and construct their own learning, to think for themselves, and to work together to understand concepts in the classroom as well as outside the classroom.  I help my students connect the math they learn to the real world through projects and examples. Though many students struggle with math, I firmly believe that all students can succeed in mathematics if they are willing to put in the hard work required to understand and master the concepts. 

The classes I teach are:

  • MAT141: College Mathematics
  • MAT206: Elements of Statistics
  • MAT221: Calculus I (Learning Community with Physics 121)
  • MAT256: Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems (previously Math for Elementary School Teachers I)
  • MAT257: Investigating Geometry, Probability and Statistics (previously Math for Elementary School Teachers II)
  • MAT217: Mathematical Analysis for Business
  • MAT298AB: Special Projects in Mathematics- EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service)
  • ECE102: Engineering Analysis Tools and Techniques
  • ECE103: Engineering Problem Solving and Design
  • ECE105: MATLAB Programming


Academic Interests 
Utilizing Creativity & Design Thinking as problem solving tools Methods for instilling creative confidence in myself and others Incorporating creativity and design thinking into the classroom Using cooperative and active learning in the classroom
College Service 
2013-present, Engage Estrella Mentor
2014-2017, EMCC Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Facilitator/Faculty Developer
2013-2014, Peer Mentor Program
2010-2016, Developmental Education PLC/Committee
2009-2010, Student Academic Achievement Committee (SAAC) Co-Chair
District Service 
2017, District PAR Taskforce
AMATYC (American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges)
SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education)
AATM (Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics)
Classes Current Teaching
Name Title Term Days Times/Dates
MAT217 View class details for Mathematical Analysis for Business (MAT217)Mathematical Analysis for Business SUM18 MTWR 10:00am - 12:00pm
MAY 29 - JUN 28
GBS221 View class details for Business Statistics (GBS221)Business Statistics FAL18 T 1:30pm - 4:10pm
OCT 16 - DEC 4
MAT206 View class details for Elements of Statistics (MAT206)Elements of Statistics FAL18 TR 10:00am - 11:15am
AUG 21 - DEC 14
MAT218 View class details for Mathematical Analysis for Business (MAT218)Mathematical Analysis for Business FAL18 TR 1:30pm - 5:00pm
AUG 21 - OCT 11
MAT221 View class details for Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (MAT221)Calculus with Analytic Geometry I FAL18 MWF 9:20am - 10:30am
AUG 20 - DEC 14
MAT256 View class details for Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems (MAT256)Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems FAL18 TR 11:30am - 1:10pm
AUG 21 - DEC 14
MAT298AB View class details for Special Projects (MAT298AB)Special Projects FAL18 F 2:15pm - 4:15pm
SEP 7 - DEC 14