The word “mathematics” can sometimes prompt instant anxiety for college students knowing they’ll need to gain an understanding of its concepts to complete their degree. At Washington County Community College (WCCC), new instructor Greg Smith is a proven crusader in making mathematics accessible and engaging.
Smith comes to WCCC with 28 years of teaching mathematics at Calais Middle High School (CMHS). While there, he distinguished himself as a favorite amongst the students for his ability to focus on exploring problems that helped students master equations. “My goal is to be able to provide a positive experience in a subject that is difficult for many students,” he said of his teaching philosophy.
Smith’s dedication to his goal became clearly evident in 2017 when he was named Teacher of the Year by the VFW at the school, district, and state levels.
When the possibility arose to teach mathematics at WCCC, Smith took it. “I wanted to try something different but stay in the teaching profession,” he shares.
Since joining the faculty at WCCC earlier in 2019, Smith has been settling in well. “I am enjoying the college teaching experience,” he said. “Teaching a variety of age groups is refreshing.”
Darin McGaw, WCCC’s Academic Dean said, “Greg is an outstanding addition to our faculty here at WCCC. He has a natural zest for his subject matter, and it shows in his work to the benefit the college and our students.”
Reflecting on his continuing journey as an instructor – a path that began at CMHS when he was fresh out of college himself – Smith is filled with gratitude. “I am grateful that WCCC has given me this opportunity,” he said. “I am also very grateful for the support I received from the Calais School Department, the community, and all my former colleagues at CMHS.”