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Math Department Vision Statement

The Math Department facilitates the development of effective problem-solvers and flexible, critical thinkers. We work to construct a foundation of skills and understanding which will result in mathematically confident young women who have broader options for the future.


Ellen Tevik, Department Chair

BA Mathematics, University of Oregon
MAT Oregon State University Advanced Math

Cynthia Berger

BS Mathematics, Montana State University
M.Ed Math Education, Eastern Washington University

Brian Kelley

BA Religion, College of William and Mary
MAT Mathematics, Concordia University

Rachel Gardner

BA Math, Gonzaga University
BA Spanish, Gonzaga University
MAT Teaching, Concordia University

Mary Clare Metscher

BS Secondary Education, University of Portland
MS Mathematics Education for Teachers, Portland State University

Katy Muth

BS Mathematics, University of Tennessee Knoxville
MS Secondary Education, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Why CPM?

Some might say that in a perfect world, no one would struggle with mathematics. We disagree! In a perfect world everyone enjoys a good struggle, realizing that with struggle comes learning as well a sense of accomplishment and pride. Mathematics should not frustrate anyone to the point of giving up, but beckon the learner with the challenge of a potential solution to a difficult problem.

We believe the beauty of mathematics should be visible and enjoyed by all. We understand that some people may not see the beauty yet, and might need guidance to gain the appreciation for mathematics we want everyone to have. Mathematics has the capacity to mesmerize and dazzle with its dance between complexity and simplicity. We believe everyone should delight in this dance.

Mathematics is not just a “pretty face” however! Mathematics is useful. It is the language of the sciences and of life. From the mathematical modeling of the growth of a colony of bacteria to the mathematics that explains the physics of an airplane’s flight, math permeates our lives. The landscaper who needs to know the amount of mulch to cover the garden spaces and the school cafeteria chef who needs to calculate a recipe for 400 students, both use mathematics to be successful. Daily, people use the power of mathematics to explain, explore, conjecture, test, and prove. The uses of mathematics are boundless.

St. Mary’s goal is to ensure that every student experiences both the beauty and the utility of mathematics.

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