Assistant Professor of Mathematics

pierceSchool of Arts & Sciences
spierce@okwu.edu 
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Trevecca Nazarene University
Master of Arts in Teaching, Western Carolina University

Mission & Passion

I became a teacher for two reasons. The first is that God has affirmed and reaffirmed His calling many times. I never dreamed that I could do this, but thankfully He knows me better than I know myself. He knew I could do this with his help. He knew that I would be able to share my passion for math and Jesus with my students. Second, I had a phenomenal math teacher when I was in college. His passion and commitment to higher Christian education were what helped me to find my passion for math and education. I want to share those passions with my students and help them discover the things about which they are most passionate. I want to help my students become more confident in their mathematical abilities. One of my favorite parts of teaching is when I watch a student wrestle with a concept for an extended period of time and all of a sudden they get it! I have the great privilege of witnessing those beautiful moments. The most important part, though, is being able to show my students how God is revealed through the physical wonders of this world, and it is my honor to help students discover more of him through mathematics.

Favorite Verses/Passages/Quotes

“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” Galatians 5: 22-23, 25-26 (The Message)

Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

Courses Taught

  • College Algebra
  • Math Fundamentals
  • Math Survey
  • Concepts of Math (AGS)
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