Michelle J. Breaux

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Mathematics Faculty
 Phone: 623.935.8351
 Location: EST N 271
Monday: 9:00 am-11:30 am
Wednesday: 10:15 am-11:45 am
Office Hours Additional Information 
I have additional office hours on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the Math Success Center in Estrella Hall South (1st floor).


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 both mathematics and introductory engineering.  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.    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:

  • MAT082: Basic Arithmetic
  • MAT121: Intermediate Algebra*
  • MAT141: College Mathematics
  • MAT206: Elements of Statistics
  • 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
  • ECE102: Engineering Analysis Tools and Techniques*
  • ECE103: Engineering Problem Solving and Design*
  • ECE105: MATLAB Programming*

*These classes are delivered using discovery based activities with very little lecture.

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 
2014-present, EMCC Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Facilitator/Faculty Developer
2013-present, Engage Estrella Mentor
2013-2014, Peer Mentor Program
2010-Present, Developmental Education PLC/Committee
2009-2010, Student Academic Achievement Committee (SAAC) Co-Chair
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
GBS221 View class details for Business Statistics (GBS221)Business Statistics FAL17 T 1:30pm - 4:10pm
OCT 17 - DEC 5
MAT206 View class details for Elements of Statistics (MAT206)Elements of Statistics FAL17 TR 10:00am - 11:15am
AUG 22 - DEC 15
MAT217 View class details for Mathematical Analysis for Business (MAT217)Mathematical Analysis for Business FAL17 TR 1:30pm - 4:10pm
AUG 22 - OCT 12
MAT221 View class details for Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (MAT221)Calculus with Analytic Geometry I FAL17 MWF 12:35pm - 1:45pm
AUG 21 - DEC 15
MAT256 View class details for Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems (MAT256)Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems FAL17 TR 11:30am - 1:10pm
AUG 22 - DEC 15