Clatsop Community College math instructor Liz Hylton has been elected to the executive board of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) as the Northwest Regional Vice President. She will serve a two-year term representing Alaska, Oregon and Washington beginning January 1, 2014.
The AMATYC is the main professional organization for math instructors at two-year colleges. The mission of the organization is to promote and increase awareness of the role of community colleges in math education. Its goals include ensuring the preparation of mathematically and technologically literate citizens, leading the development of standards for two-year college math education, offering opportunities for ongoing professional development, providing a forum for communication, and communicating with the public about the value of math education. For more information on the AMATYC.
Hylton notes the importance of community colleges in math literacy. She says, “The math department supports every academic and career-technical program at the college. We are tasked with preparing all students with the math skills for every career or academic path they wish to pursue, regardless of their level of mathematical understanding or their learning style. That is a significant challenge and requires math instructors to continually adapt their instruction to the changing needs of the students. AMATYC provides community college math instructors with professional development opportunities to keep current on pedagogical practices and technological advances. Serving on the executive board of AMATYC not only gives me an incredible opportunity for professional growth, but also gives the math department of Clatsop CC a voice at the national level.”
Liz Hylton has taught at Clatsop Community College for over 12 years. She holds a BS in Mathematics, a MST in Mathematics and a MEd from Portland State University, and is currently working on her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Phoenix. Her research focuses on the effects of teaching style with the effective implementation of innovative developmental mathematics programs. For more information, contact Liz Hylton.
Attached image: CCC Mathematics Instructor Liz Hylton.