Michelle J. Breaux

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Title: 
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).

Michelle.Breaux

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

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
Affiliations 
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 SPR18 T 1:30pm - 4:10pm
MAR 20 - MAY 8
MAT206 View class details for Elements of Statistics (MAT206)Elements of Statistics SPR18 TR 8:30am - 9:45am
JAN 16 - MAY 11
MAT217 View class details for Mathematical Analysis for Business (MAT217)Mathematical Analysis for Business SPR18 TR 1:30pm - 4:10pm
JAN 16 - MAR 9
MAT221 View class details for Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (MAT221)Calculus with Analytic Geometry I SPR18 MWF 9:20am - 10:30am
JAN 17 - MAY 11
MAT257 View class details for Investigating Geometry, Probability and Statistics (MAT257)Investigating Geometry, Probability and Statistics SPR18 TR 11:30am - 1:10pm
JAN 16 - MAY 11
MAT298AB View class details for Special Projects (MAT298AB)Special Projects SPR18 F 2:15pm - 4:15pm
JAN 19 - MAY 11