Shelley Caraway, Dean of Math, Engineering, Education & Student Success (MEES), joined LSC-Kingwood in 2013. Caraway earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Texas at Tyler. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in English from the same institution. Caraway is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama.
Caraway previously worked as an interim dean at Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tyler Junior College.
"I love having the ability to help our students discover their paths to success," Caraway stated.
Office: CLB 100-A
Stephanie Cockrell Doyen, Ed.D, mathematics professor, has been teaching at Lone Star College-Kingwood for eight and a half years. During her tenure, she earned the Faculty Excellence Award in 2009 at the college and the Educational Leadership Doctoral Award in 2010 from Sam Houston State University (SHSU).
"I teach math, because math is fun for me. I want others to know that math is doable and even fun," she said. "My experience at LSC-Kingwood has been wonderful."
Doyen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from East Texas Baptist University, a Master's of Education degree in counseling and a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Stephen F. Austin State University. She earned an Ed.D in educational leadership from SHSU.
Jose Jonathan Gamez, assistant professor of mathematics, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2013. Gamez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Houston-Downtown. He also holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Texas El Paso.
Gamez taught courses at LSC-North Harris, LSC-University Park and at the University of Houston-Downtown.
"The best part of being a math teacher is not only helping my students understand mathematics, but also helping them achieve their goals," Gamez stated.
Office: LIB 206-H
Office: LIB 206-D
Keturah Johnson, math professor at LSC-Kingwood, started teaching math at the middle school level.
"My students' goals are important to me and I like working with them to obtain them."
Johnson earned both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M University. Before working at LSC-Kingwood, she taught math at the high school level and was a soccer coach.
Lyle O'Neal, associate professor of mathematics, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2013. O'Neal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Tarleton State University. He also holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the same institution.
O'Neal has been an adjunct professor at several educational institutions in Texas. Some of these include Northwood University, Cedar Hill; Navarro County, Corsicana; and Tarrant County College. He also taught at the public school level. O'Neal taught at Granbury ISD, Lancaster ISD and Bosqueville ISD.
He is a member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association.
"The best part of my role is helping students be successful," he stated.
Office: CLB 102-E
Mari M. Peddycoart, mathematics professor, has taught at Lone Star College-Kingwood since fall 2002. During her tenure, she has presented at math conferences and Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) courses. She was elected secretary for Faculty Senate and has participated on a project for NCAT.
At the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges conferences, Peddycoart presented the following papers: "Fast Track-Intermediate Algebra & College Algebra in One Semester" in 2010; "Fun with the Fs in Math" in 2011; and "For the Love of Linear Programming" in 2012.
"I love math and I love teaching it," she said. "My experience at LSC-Kingwood has been great. I love working at the college."
Peddycoart earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Lamar University.
John Reutter, associate professor of mathematics, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2009. Reutter obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Reutter describes his experience at LSC-Kingwood as "tremendous and the greatest place to work."
He is a member of the Society of Mathematicians and Engineers.
Lee J. Topham, Ed.D, mathematics instructor, has been with the Lone Star College System since 1979. He was an instructor and department head at LSC-North Harris for five years and has been at LSC-Kingwood as instructor and division head since 1984. Prior to LSCS, he taught nine years at San Jacinto College.
During his career, Tohpam has developed and taught four online mathematics courses, instructed students in the use of the TI-83 graphing calculator and assisted adjunct faculty in the use of WebAssign, which is an online homework software. In 2004, he received the Faculty Excellence Award at LSC-Kingwood.
Topham earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Master of Education degree in education from Sam Houston State University. He earned his Ed.D in educational administration from the University of Houston.
Topham is a member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association and the American Federation of Teachers.
Nathalie M. Vega-Rhodes, mathematics professor, is new to teaching at Lone Star College-Kingwood. Her math experience in college led her to conquer the subject and teach it to others.
"As a student who started in developmental math, I never believed that I would or could be successful at math. I always thought that math was a subject to 'get through' and dreaded my first few semesters. Then I had a professor who encouraged me to work with her as her SI leader in college algebra. Over the course of that semester, I saw frustrated students conquer their fears and grasp concepts that were previously obscure. I think the 'light bulb' moment is why most instructors decide to teach - reproducing this experience is addicting! For me, when I saw that I could help others in math, the rest was history," she said.
Vega-Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics with a minor in geology from the University of Houston and a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
"Everyone that I have come in contact with at LSC-Kingwood has been so welcoming! I love not only my department, but also the people in and around my office suite. It's clear that almost everyone here believes that we are all a team and I truly appreciate the sense of camaraderie," she said.
Loris Zucca, professor of mathematics, joined LSC-Kingwood in 1998. Lucca earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics degree from Texas A&M University and the University of Houston. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science in mathematics degree from the University of North Texas.
Zucca is member of the Mathematical Association of America and the Texas Community College Teachers Association.
"I enjoy challenging students to do their best," stated Zucca.
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