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During Women's History Month, Columbus State is profiling women professors in the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medical) fields. Here, Math Prof. Jessica Lickeri, M.Ed., tells her story in her own words.
Although math was always my best subject in high school, I did not even take a math class in college until my sophomore year at OSU.
I knew I wanted to work directly with people in a helping profession, so I entered college exploring careers primarily in the health sciences, most of which did not require any additional math beyond the AP calculus credit I had from high school.
Then, in my sophomore year, I heard about the math department's undergraduate teaching assistant program. For fun and to earn extra money, I auditioned and, as they say, the rest is history. I began teaching and tutoring introductory math courses, including algebra and trigonometry, and instantly fell in love with teaching. I found a way to use my strength in math to help people, so I knew this was the career for me.
While I was in school, I didn't realize that I could teach at a college without a Ph.D., so I pursued secondary education. After graduating with my bachelor's in math, I entered OSU's Master of Education program in which I earned my grades 7-12 teaching certificate. I taught high school for 5 years, but then was excited to learn that I could teach at Columbus State with a master's degree. I began teaching at Columbus State as an adjunct instructor and was thrilled to be hired fulltime two years later.
I have a special place in my heart for students who have struggled with math in the past or for whom math is not their best subject, and I believe it is my mission to help build their confidence and give them the tools they need to succeed.
So many of my students here at Columbus State gracefully balance school, work, and family in pursuit of their personal and professional goals, and they truly inspire me every day. I am constantly striving for self-improvement in all areas of my life, and my students who have returned to school after many years away remind me how important it is to continue my own journey as a lifelong learner.
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