Michelle J. Breaux

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Mathematics Faculty
Primary Department:
 Phone: 623.935.8351
 Location: EST N 271
Monday: 10:00 am-11:00 am
Tuesday: 8:30 am-9:30 am
Wednesday: 10:00 am-11:00 am
Thursday: 8:30 am-9:30 am
Friday: 10:00 am-11:00 am
Office Hours Additional Information 
My office hours on Mondays & Wednesdays for Fall 2019 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/MAT218: 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
2018, District Fields of Interest Team
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)
Conference Presentations 

Developing Critical Thinking Skills Adjunct Workshop at EMCC, September 22, 2018

Creative Stoking, Mindfulness, and Brain Breaks Adjunct Workshop with Sarah Lockhart & Lyle Bartelt at EMCC Spring 2018

Failing Foward workshop on failure at Estrella Mountain Community College with colleague Erin Blomstrand, January 2018

Nontraditional Faculty Panelist, Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Regional Conference, February 2018

Awards and Recognitions 

2009-2010 NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Award Winner

Recent Professional Development Activities 

Exploding Dots with James Tanton at Global Math Week Kickoff, October 2018

Mindset Mathematics Workshop with Jo Boaler, September 2018

GeoGebra does THAT? Using GeoGebra in Statistics and AP Statistics, October 2, 2018

Maricopa Math Modules Training, July-August 2018

How Understanding Probability Helps Us Make Better Decisions presentation by Stanford Professor Mehran Sahami in April 2018

Course Design Institute at Estrella Mountain Community College, May 2018

What Mathematicians Do Now that Machines Can "Do the Math" presentation by Stanford Professor Keith Devlin, October 2018

Breaking Codes and Finding Patterns presentation by Stanford Professor Susan Holmes, October 2018

Attended the Teaching Professor Conference in June 2018

Classes Current Teaching
Name Title Term Days Times/Dates
ECE105 View class details for MATLAB Programming (ECE105)MATLAB Programming FAL19 W 2:00pm - 3:40pm
AUG 21 - DEC 13
GBS221 View class details for Business Statistics (GBS221)Business Statistics FAL19 T 1:30pm - 4:10pm
OCT 15 - DEC 3
MAT146 View class details for College Mathematics with Review (MAT146)College Mathematics with Review FAL19 MWF 12:00pm - 1:40pm
AUG 19 - DEC 13
MAT206 View class details for Elements of Statistics (MAT206)Elements of Statistics FAL19 TR 10:00am - 11:15am
AUG 20 - DEC 13
MAT218 View class details for Mathematical Analysis for Business (MAT218)Mathematical Analysis for Business FAL19 TR 1:30pm - 5:00pm
AUG 20 - OCT 10
MAT256 View class details for Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems (MAT256)Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numeration Systems FAL19 TR 11:30am - 1:10pm
AUG 20 - DEC 13
ECE104 View class details for EPICS Gold I (ECE104)EPICS Gold I SPR20 W 2:00pm - 3:40pm
JAN 15 - MAY 8
GBS221 View class details for Business Statistics (GBS221)Business Statistics SPR20 T 1:30pm - 4:10pm
MAR 17 - MAY 8
MAT146 View class details for College Mathematics with Review (MAT146)College Mathematics with Review SPR20 MWF 12:00pm - 1:40pm
JAN 13 - MAY 8
MAT206 View class details for Elements of Statistics (MAT206)Elements of Statistics SPR20 TR 10:00am - 11:15am
JAN 14 - MAY 8
MAT218 View class details for Mathematical Analysis for Business (MAT218)Mathematical Analysis for Business SPR20 TR 1:30pm - 5:00pm
JAN 14 - MAR 6
MAT257 View class details for Investigating Geometry, Probability and Statistics (MAT257)Investigating Geometry, Probability and Statistics SPR20 TR 11:30am - 1:10pm
JAN 14 - MAY 8