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Jan Roy

MCC Mathematics Instructor

Jan Roy’s childhood dream was to be a teacher.

It’s a profession she has enjoyed since 1977 when she was first hired as a middle and high school mathematics teacher at Saranac Community Schools. She excelled in that position until 1986, when she joined Montcalm Community College’s full-time faculty as a mathematics instructor. She has spent the last 28 years bringing math to life for her students at MCC.

“Being a teacher is who I am,” she says. “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and I never deviated from that.”

Roy says she was inspired at a young age by one of her math teachers who told her she was good at math. It was that encouragement that guided her as she decided to pursue the subject as her teaching major. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in math and a minor in biology, and a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in teaching secondary mathematics from Central Michigan University.

Roy teaches a variety of mathematics courses at MCC such as elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, mathematics for elementary teachers and others, as well as several online mathematics courses. She also serves as the department’s instructional chair.

In the classroom, Roy says she “just wants students to see that math is fun – that it doesn’t have to apply to something in their lives.”

Her highpoints as an instructor come from “watching the students and seeing them catch on and get excited about what they’re learning — when they’re obviously understanding it.

“I get energized when I get into the classroom” she adds. “Math education has changed a lot through the years. It used to just be lecture. Now, we talk about concepts and then engage in active participation exercises to help them learn the concepts.”

Roy is a member of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), The Michigan Mathematical Association of  Two-Year Colleges (MichMATYC), The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM).

She resides in Sidney Township with her husband, Jim. They have two daughters, Jessica Lemon and Julie Andrews.

Dan Long

MCC Mathematics Instructor

Dan Long has his own classroom language – it’s math.

For 16 years, Long has worked to teach Montcalm Community College students that whether they like math, or believe they are good at it, they can master a variety of mathematical concepts.

“I feel a classroom should be student centered, where the ultimate goal is student mastery of the content,” he says. “I want my students to ‘talk math’ when they are in my classroom. For students to truly understand and retain the material they are required to learn, they need to be able to effectively communicate the information they are learning with other students in their class.”

Long says teaching mathematics requires a unique balance between lecturer and facilitator, with the scale tipping to the latter.

“Education is about getting students to understand more than just what will be on the test,” he says. “I strive to create an atmosphere in the classroom where the main focus is on students working cooperatively in groups on guided activities and exercises to develop the concepts.

“I want my students to see mathematics as more than formulas and equations and facts that they need to memorize,” he adds. “Instead, I want them to realize that with a good conceptual understanding, most of the things they are trying to memorize will come naturally.

“I enjoy watching students develop their skills and helping them through that journey,” he says.

Long earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Michigan University, with majors in mathematics and statistics and minors in computer science, actuarial science and business administration. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Kirtland Community College and at Davenport University’s Gaylord campus, as well as a temporary faculty member at CMU.

During his 16-year career at MCC, Long has taught courses in elementary algebra, trigonometry, college algebra, precalculus, calculus and others, as well as online and hybrid mathematics classes.

Long is a member of the Michigan Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (MichMATYC).

He resides in Greenville with his wife, Aimee. They have three children.

Dan Long

MCC Mathematics Instructor

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