MCC Math Professors Earn National Certifications

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 10, 2005) - Manatee Community College (MCC) mathematics professors Dr. Paige Hamersma and Thomas Hamersma were recently certified by the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C. Considered one of the most prestigious credentials in the field, the distinction places them among fewer than 800 professionals who have the certification. 

The Hamersmas completed a four-week training program at Appalachian State University in the summer of 2004, followed by a year-long practicum at MCC that demonstrated their mastery of concepts and techniques. A final summary of the project, which involved use of active learning techniques to increase success and retention of students in developmental mathematics courses, was presented in the summer of 2005. The couple also received a Leadership Scholar award from the Institute that recognized them for their involvement and dedication to developmental education in mathematics.

Paige Hamersma has taught at MCC for 19 years and Thomas Hamersma has taught for 12 years. She has a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. He has a master's degree from Nova University. Both are members of NADE and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC).

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