Terri Smith-Leins

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

 

Terri Smith-Leins has taught developmental mathematics at UAFS since 1976. She holds a Master of Science in secondary education and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

 

She has presented at the National Association for Developmental Education and at the College Reading and Learning Association on mathematics-related topics and has served as Curriculum Committee chair. She served on the General Education Integration Team for Manufacturing Technology, and is listed in "Who's Who in American Education" and "Who's Who in Mathematics and Science." She received an Army commendation for her work with Fort Chaffee in 1992.  She is currently Area One Leader and chairman of Records and Properties Committee for Kappa State, Delta Kappa Gamma International, a society for women educators with chapters and networks in the United States and nine countries. 

 

She has collected quilts and lace since she was in high school. Her combined collection has more than 1,500 pieces. She also cares for her collection of American Brilliant Cut Glass. In addition to her duties at the university, she serves as part-time secretary for the Ninth Street Church of Christ.

 

Topics

 

Math Anxiety: Why Do So Many People Hate Math? (Strategies for Teachers)

Teachers who have students who "freeze" at the time of math lessons will find some answers here. Strategies for helping students reduce their math anxiety can make for a better time for teachers as well.

 

Quilts

Quilts have a fascinating history, and each one is unique. See examples of this art, and hear an overview of the history of quilts. The speaker requires 15-20 minutes set-up time. Upon request, this program can be lengthened beyond the 20-30 minutes normally allotted for Speakers Bureau presentations.

 

Lace

View examples of handmade and machine-made lace, plus learn a little bit of the history behind each one. The speaker requires 15-20 minutes set-up time. Upon request, this program can be lengthened beyond the 20-30 minutes normally allotted for Speakers Bureau presentations.

 

Writing Across the Curriculum -- Experiences of a Math Teacher

Writing in math class? You bet! Learn a few strategies for incorporating writing into a math classroom. You might be surprised at the results.