Photo of Debra PrescottI became the department chair for the Mathematics Department at Central Texas College in the spring of 2011. Before coming to CTC, I taught at Goldthwaite High School for nine years. Being a small school, I taught many courses: Algebra II, pre-calculus, AP calculus and physics, as well as coached for the girls’ athletic program. In 2002, I came to CTC to teach for the Department of Developmental Studies. After three years, I moved on to the Mathematics department where I have been teaching ever since. I teach a variety of courses, from contemporary math to calculus.

Looking back on my life, I realize I have always loved math. My favorite toys were not Barbie dolls; but Lite Brite and Spirograph… These may be before your time; but trust me, they are mathy. I graduated from Richland Springs High School (Valedictorian of my 15-member class!) and went on to major in math at Southwest Texas State University. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with a degree in math, I only knew I loved it. I graduated with a Master's of Science degree in Mathematics from SWTSU in 1993, fell into teaching by the grace of God and have enjoyed every day since. My advice… pursue your passion and you will go far.

Extras:

  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Favorite Movie: Steel Magnolias
  • Hobbies: Scuba Diving
  • Interesting Fact about Yourself: I saw Elvis Presley live in concert in 1976... Amazing performer!

Email: debra.prescott@ctcd.edu


Jennifer CabanissMy name is Jennifer Cabaniss, and I am the Online Faculty Manager at Central Texas College. I teach online classes from Contemporary Math through Calculus. I studied Math and Biology at Baylor University and completed a Master's degree at Texas A&M.

Email: jennifer.cabaniss@ctcd.edu


Steven Chad BurrowSome things about me: I graduated from Tarleton State University - Central Texas with both my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mathematics.

My first boss at CTC, Dr. Kenneth Word, told me that I was the youngest professor to be hired at CTC ever before (at the time).

In my spare time, I program in C++ on my Linux computers :) I play some video games, but I really like making them even more.

I teach all math classes, from College Algebra and Statistics all the way to Calculus 3. In class I try to be fun and exciting, and will stop for any question, for any one. Look me up on RateMyProfessor.com! :D

Extras:

  • Favorite colors: Amber / Black / Green / Blue / Grey / (anything but Red...)
  • Favorite video games: Morrowind, Dwarf Fortress, Civ: Call to Power, Harvest Moon, L4D
  • Favorite place: Texas, I like the heat
  • Favorite animal: A penguin named Tux
  • Interesting fact about yourself: I can easily eat a tin of Altoids in one sitting, minty! ;)

Email: steven.burrow@ctcd.edu


Dr. Audrie Cruz-SealeyI am a military brat, born in Frankfurt, Germany. I grew up in Killeen because my father was also stationed here. I love the diversity of the area and I hope I won’t leave the area any time soon.

I was a high school mathematics teacher for four years and am now a full-time college professor. It is a complete change of pace but I still find the work challenging and satisfying.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX and a Masters of Science degree in mathematics from Tarleton State University and a Ph.D. in Leadership Education Administration from Capella University.

I absolutely LOVE MATH!! The biggest piece of advice I could give all of you is DON'T PROCRASTINATE!! Once you fall behind, you start to feel extremely overwhelmed and start to perform below your optimal level to try to catch up.

Extras:

  • Favorite book: Huge Dan Brown Fan…"Twilight" series, "Harry Potter" series, "Blue Blood" novels, "Mortal Instruments" series…I promise I am not a teenager :) .
  • Favorite movie: "Forrest Gump," "Interview with the Vampire." Favorite color: cerulean…favorite shade of blue!!
  • Favorite TV show: "Haven," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Private Practice," "Top Chef," "Eureka," "SYTYCD" (Real fans know what that stands for!), "The Closer," "Entourage ", "Pretty Little Liars"…the list goes on and on!!
  • Favorite hobbies: Love spending time with my family: my husband and our daughter and son.

Email: audrie.cruz-sealey@ctcd.edu


Matthew LylesI became a full-time faculty member in spring 2012 after being an adjunct (part-time) for four years. I teach College Algebra, Contemporary Math, Calculus 2 and 3, and Differential Equations primarily.

I used to coach high school soccer. I am a lifetime fan of the sport. Yes, I played growing up. I also love to mountain bike, read, watch movies and hang out with my family.

I have a Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Mathematics from Arizona State.

I do love math. While other kids were getting bedtime stories told to them, my dad and I would lie there and work out math problems in our heads. I eventually caught up with the reading, but math is part of the deal.

Email: matthew.lyles@ctcd.edu


Kristine Tina SanNicolasHello Everyone! Yes, I’m one of those crazy people that LOVE math! ;-) I PROMISE I will do everything I can to make you less frightened of it. The key to any successful learning is to not be afraid of asking questions. I guarantee the person sitting next to you wants to ask the same question, but is too afraid to ask. Also, you have to be okay with making mistakes. We all make 'em, so there's no need to be embarrassed. The most effective learning is through the mistakes we make.

Extras:

  • Food: sushi, sushi and more sushi ;-), but I’ll try anything at least once… I just love eating really ;-)
  • Past time: spending time with my family
  • Books: The Native Son, by Richard Wright and My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult     Both GREAT books – too hard to choose
  • Quote: “The adversities that come along to bury us, usually have within them the potential to benefit and bless us.” ~ Author Unknown

Email: kristine.sannicolas@ctcd.edu


Yolanda GoinsI have taught post-secondary mathematics for more than 20 years. I have always wanted to be a teacher. As a young child, I would gather the neighborhood children and play “teacher.” Of course, I was always the teacher! :)

Extras:

  • Favorite Color:  white
  • Favorite Movie:  The Book of Eli and The Notebook
  • Hobbies:  reading
  • Mother of one son

Email: yolanda.goins@ctcd.edu


Sam JacksonI am the Engineering Program Coordinator at Central Texas College. I teach the engineering courses . I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering.

Exrtas:

  • I spend some time playing Lego, especially the ones that are related to robotics.
  • I like to watch all kinds of sports, especially soccer.
  • My favorite colors are black and yellow,
  • and my favorite movie is Lord of the Rings.

Email: sam.jackson@ctcd.edu


Laura CellaHowdy everyone, I have been teaching math online and face-to-face at Central Texas College since 2003. Besides teaching math, I am also a daughter, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I raise blackbelly barbado sheep (a hair variety) and I ride a Harley. Like many of you, I have attended college classes as an adult, so I understand the constraints a family and job can place on students’ time.

I have a B.S. in business management and an M.S. in mathematics, both from Tarleton State University. I am an Army veteran and worked with military intelligence and training while in the military. After nine years in the Army, I spent 11 years as the sales manager for a real estate company. Even though I enjoyed the competitiveness and challenges of the real estate market, my true love is education. I am certified to teach mathematics and special education for grades 1-12 in Texas public schools and taught math at the middle school and high school levels for 13 years before moving up to the college level. My usual college courses include college algebra, elementary statistics and contemporary math.

You might say education is a way of life in my family. I have two sisters and an aunt who are/were teachers. My husband is a professor and department chairperson at Central Texas College and one of our daughters is a middle school math teacher. Math has always been fun for me, especially algebra!

Extras:

  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Hobbies: Farming, Sewing, Baking, Church Work, Solving Puzzles (any kind!)
  • Interesting Facts: I lived in the Netherlands for three years, I have a coloboma (cat-eye).

Email: laura.cella@ctcd.edu


Photo Not AvailableFinished undergraduate and graduate coursework at University of North Texas.

Teaching adjunct at University of North Texas and then Visiting Assistant Professor at UT Tyler before becoming teaching adjunct here at CTC.

Area of study: Abstract Algebra, Real Analysis, Representation of Infinite Dimensional Lie Algebras.

Extras:

  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Hobbies: Reading, Origami
  • Interesting Fact about Yourself: Loves cats

Email: jeannette.larsen@ctcd.edu


Kelly Maldonado Hello! My name is Kelly Maldonado. I have been working with Central Texas College since January 2016. I have a Master of Science degree in Mathematics (2010) and in Computer Information Systems (2013). I have been teaching for community colleges since 2010. I spent 3 years teaching exclusively online while living in Italy. Currently I live in Texas. I teach face-to-face courses in Mathematics and online courses in Computer Information Systems. I am a veteran of OIF II. My husband is active duty Army. We have two small dogs. I like to crochet, play softball, read, and go to the beach.

Extras:

  • Favorite color: Blue
  • Favorite movie genre: Action
  • Favorite book genre: Murder Mystery
  • Favorite place: USA, I know that’s a big area but I love our country more than any other.
  • Favorite animal: Hippopotamus
  • Interesting fact about yourself: I love going to Rock Concerts. I attend Beale Street Musical Festival almost every year in Memphis.

Email: kelly.maldonado@ctcd.edu


Ellen FalkensteinIn September 2006, I became a full-time professor in Developmental Mathematics and a part-time instructor in the Mathematics department. Since 2012, I have been one of the coordinators for the Developmental Math/College Algebra Co-Requisite model. I thoroughly enjoy helping students master the skills required to successfully complete Developmental Math and succeed in college algebra, especially in an accelerated environment. Some of the students even decide they like math and go into mathematics education, engineering and economics.

Teaching is my second career. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor's in Mathematics and Economics, I began my career as a technical analyst working with contractors assigned to the Navy. After completing a MS in systems engineering, I went on to cost analysis and data analysis. Before the first Iraq war (yes, in the 1980s), I completed the cost analysis needed to put the initial Remotely Piloted Vehicles on battleships in the Middle East. I then headed a department of data analysts working on a contract to help the military find medical trends in their healthcare. I love data. I would be happy locked in a room with tons of data to analyze! I also love being in the classroom sharing my love and knowledge of mathematics. I have been very lucky in my careers because I have always enjoyed coming to “work.”

Extras:

  • Favorite colors:  purple/lime green
  •  Hobbies:  horses
  •  Interesting fact:  I am a certified equine sports massage therapist (yes, I massage horses!).

Email: ellen.falkenstein@ctcd.edu


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