A new math professor has joined the full time faculty staff from Portland, Oregon this year and said she will push her students to not only pass her class, but have success and challenge themselves along the way.
“I respect my colleagues and trust they are doing a fantastic job, but as far as my style goes, I will push and challenge my students while also providing the resources they need to be successful,” Math Professor Autumn Von Flotow said.
Flotow lived in Portland for most of her life and said that “to an extent” the comedy show, “Portlandia” on Comedy Central, is somewhat accurate in portraying how the people are over there.
While in Portland, Flotow went to college at the University of Oregon and got her Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Physics and later got her Masters in 2010.
After graduating, she became a barista at a small coffee shop called City Coffee in Portland while looking for a career in her degree.
Flotow said that once she did a handful of informational interviews, she stumbled upon a community college professor that sparked her interest in teaching.
“It struck a cord in me and I decided that it’s something I could get passionate about,” Flotow said.
Flotow’s passion for math is evident and she said it’s like another language.
“I like that its kind of a beautiful sophisticated language, I like the problem solving and I really love showing that I can really improve [students’] math skills,” Flotow said.
According to Flotow, applying to COD was instantly top priority.
“When I was looking for positions, COD was always ranked in the top for community colleges,” Flotow said.
Before coming to COD, Flotow also taught math at a private university, University of Portland, in 2010.
When Flotow isn’t at COD, she likes to be creative by painting, making jewelry and dancing.
“I did some ballroom competitions [in high school],” Flotow said. “I came in second once.”
Flotow said that she is happy at COD and is excited to settle into the suburbs in Illinois while helping students succeed in their math courses.
“I do really love my job and I am always trying to help my students,” Flotow said. “I know math teachers always get a bad rep for being mean but we are always rooting for the student to succeed.”
Flotow teaches developmental math, pre calculus and calculus at the college and hopes to join the faculty bicyclists group for commuting to campus.