Faculty and Staff

Yvonne Smith
Mathematics Department Head
Richmond Campus, 140G
Phone: (281) 239-1559
Email: smithy@wcjc.edu 

Mrs. Smith received her B.S. from Mississippi State University.  She taught high school for five years and earned her M.Ed. from Mississippi College.  Mrs. Smith became a full time instructor with Wharton County Junior College in 2009. She has taught College Algebra, Trigonometry, Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences, and Calculus for Business & Social Sciences, Precalculus, and Calculus I. 


Nelli Avetisyan
Instructor of Mathematics
Sugar Land Campus – SUG-130
Phone: (281) 243-8416
Email: avetisyann@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Avetisyan received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Applied Mathematics from Yerevan State University, Armenia. She has more than twenty years of college level teaching experience and taught at various universities and colleges both in Armenia and United States including Houston Baptist University and Westwood College. Mrs. Avetisyan started teaching at WCJC since fall 2012 and has taught College Algebra, Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences, Calculus for Business and Social Sciences, and Precalculus.


Amanda Celaya
Instructor of Mathematics
Sugar Land Campus – SUG-130A
Phone: (281) 243-8541
Email: celayaa@wcjc.edu

Ms. Celaya received her B.S in Mathematics and M.S. in Mathematics Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She began teaching developmental math courses as an adjunct instructor at Northeast Lakeview College. She later moved to Brazosport College where she taught College Algebra and Intermediate Algebra. Ms. Celaya joined the math department at WCJC in 2015. She teaches College Algebra, Precalculus, Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences, Calculus for Business and Social Sciences, and Calculus 1.


Elife Dogan-Ciftci
Instructor of Mathematics
Sugar Land Campus – SUG-235
Phone: (281) 243-8520
Email: dogane@wcjc.edu

Dr. Dogan-Ciftci received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Texas Tech University.  Her dissertation research focused on Stochastic Differential Equations. She has taught numerous online and face-to-face mathematics and statistics undergraduate and graduate courses for different disciplines such as Number Theory, Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Discrete Mathematics since 2007 at Texas Tech University and North American University. She was selected as the “Outstanding Professor of the Year” at North American University in 2015.  She started working at WCJC in Fall 2017. She teaches College Algebra, Math for Business & Social Sciences, Calculus for Business & Social Sciences, Precalculus and Calculus II. 


James Kelley
Instructor of Mathematics
Richmond Campus - TC140 I
Phone: (281) 239-1561
Email: jamesk@wcjc.edu 

Mr. Kelley has been on the WCJC math faculty for over twenty years and teaches all levels of mathematics. He was educated at the University of Arkansas and received the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award from NISOD.


Jennifer Mauch
Division Chair, Math & Physical Sciences
Instructor of Mathematics
Wharton Campus – A112
Phone: (979) 532-6396
Email: mauchj@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Mauch received her B.S. from Louisiana State University in 2000, and earned her M.Ed. degree from Texas State University – San Marcos in 2009. She was a Secondary Mathematics teacher (grades 7 – 12) for 10 years before becoming a full-time instructor for Wharton County Junior College in 2012. She has taught Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences, Calculus for Business and Social Sciences, and Precalculus.  Mrs. Mauch received the 2016 WCJC Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Jacob Mehr
Instructor of Mathematics
Wharton Campus – S211
Phone: (979) 532-6360
Email: mehrj@wcjc.edu

Mr. Mehr received his B.A. in Mathematics from Adrian College in 2015 and his M.S. in Mathematics from Northern Arizona University in 2017. He taught at Northern Arizona University from 2015-2018. Mr. Mehr joined the WCJC faculty in fall 2018. He is currently teaching Beginning Algebra, College Algebra, Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences, Contemporary Mathematics and the support course for Contemporary Mathematics.


Jonah Mutua
Instructor of Mathematics
Wharton Campus – S215
Phone: (979) 532-6361
Email: mutuaj@wcjc.edu

Mr. Mutua earned a B.S and M.S. in Mathematics from University of Texas at Dallas in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Prior to teaching at WCJC, he taught mathematics at Dallas Community College (Richland campus) and Huston-Tillotson University.  Mr. Mutua has taught developmental and credit-level courses. Starting Fall 2018, Mr. Mutua has taught College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Precalculus at WCJC.


Dale Neaderhouser
Instructor of Mathematics
Sugar Land Campus - SUG-217
Phone: (281) 243-8519
Email: dalen@wcjc.edu

Mr. Neaderhouser has a Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University and two Masters Degrees, both from the University of Illinois, one in math and one in statistics. He has taught at University of Illinois, Texas A&M, University of Houston, University of Phoenix and Cy-Fair College. Mr. Neaderhouser began teaching for WCJC in 2004. He has taught College Algebra, Trigonometry, Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences, Calculus for Business and Social Sciences, Statistics, Calculus I, Differential Equations, and Mathematics for Teachers I.


Carl Price
Instructor of Mathematics
Richmond Campus, 240D
Phone: (281) 239-1585
Email: pricec@wcjc.edu

Mr. Price earned both his B.S and M.S. in Mathematics from Stephan F. Austin University. Before he began his teaching career, Mr. Price worked as a geophysicist for various oil companies. He then taught math at ITT Technical College for 9 years. Mr. Price has taught Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, and Calculus for Business and Social Sciences for WCJC since Spring 2017.


Cynthia Rowatt
Instructor of Mathematics
Richmond Campus, 140K
Phone:  (281) 239-1519
Email:  rowattc@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Rowatt received her B.S. from Mississippi State University. She has a Master's Degree in Mathematical Sciences and Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.  She has taught developmental math courses, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences, and Calculus for Business & Social Sciences.


Mahmoud Shagroni
Instructor of Mathematics
Richmond Campus, 240D
Phone:  281-239-1570
Email: shagronim@wcjc.edu

Dr. Shagroni received his Master’s degree in Mathematics from Rice University. He received his PhD in Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. Dr. Shagroni has taught College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus for Business and Social Sciences, Math for Teacher I & II, Precalculus, and Statistics courses at Wharton County Junior College since 2013.

Bracha Silverstone
Instructor of Mathematics
Richmond Campus, 140K
Phone:  (281) 239-1566
Email:  silverstoneb@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Silverstone has a Master's Degree and a Bachelor's Degree from Hunter College (CUNY) in the areas of Mathematics and in Secondary Math Education. She has taught high school and then became a full-time Lecturer at Bergen Community College teaching Developmental Mathematics from 2009 to 2014. She has been a full-time Math Instructor at WCJC since 2014. She teaches College Algebra, Trigonometry, Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences, and Calculus for Business & Social Sciences.


 Part-Time Faculty 


Mohamad Barada
Email: BaradaM@wcjc.edu

Mr. Barada graduated from LSU in 1986 with a BS in Electrical Engineering and from Louisiana Southern University in 1987 with a Master degree in Mathematics. He has been teaching at the high school level since 2001. He started teaching at WCJC in 2012. He has taught College Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2.


Deborah Barnett
Email: barnettd@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Barnett received her B.A. degree and teacher certification from Incarnate Word College and earned her M.A. degree from the New School for Social Research.  She continued with post-graduate studies in Mathematics at the University of Houston.  Mrs. Barnett has been a part time instructor for Wharton County Junior College at Tidehaven High School since 2006. She currently teaches College Algebra and Trigonometry.


Lindsay Buckingham
Instructor of Mathematics
Email: buckinghaml@wcjc.edu

Ms. Buckingham received her B.S. in Math at Baylor University in Waco, TX in 2011 and her M.S. in Mathematics at Louisiana State University in 2013. She spent time doing further work in Applied Mathematics at the University of Maryland in Baltimore before teaching at WCJC in Fall 2015. She has taught College Algebra, Math for Business and Social Sciences (online and face-to-face), Calculus for Business and Social Sciences, Calculus I, and Statistics (online and face-to-face).


Samuel Chu
Email: chus@wcjc.edu

Mr. Chu received his B.S. degree in Mathematical Statistics from Tamkang University, and a Master’s degree in Mathematics from California State University (CSU). He taught math classes at CSU while in graduate school, and Contra Costa College in California. He has been teaching in Wharton County Junior College since 2015. He has taught Trigonometry, Statistics, College Algebra, Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences, Calculus I, Beginning Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra.  


Karen Crain
Email: craink@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Crain received both her BS and MS from Texas A&M University, College Station and has taught for 39 years. She has been teaching the following dual credit classes for WCJC and Bay City High School since 2014: Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, and Calculus I and II.


Deanna Dick
Email: dickd@wcjc.edu

Ms. Dick received her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education, and her MS in Applied Mathematics from Texas Tech University. She has been teaching college math full-time for over 20 years and has been teaching online courses part-time for Wharton since the spring of 2017.


Henry J. Grimm
Email: grimmh@wcjc.edu

Dr. Grimm received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1973. In March 1978, he received his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering/Mathematics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. While working for over 30 years as a process engineer with several large corporations, he has also been an adjunct instructor of mathematics and science (physics & chemistry) since 2004 at various community colleges including Lehigh Carbon Community College and Strayer University in Allentown, PA. Since 2016, Dr. Grimm has been an adjunct instructor of mathematics and process technology at several Houston Community College (HCC) campuses, and Lone Star College-University Park (LSC-UP), teaching College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Business Mathematics. At WCJC-Sugar Land, he has taught Trigonometry, Calculus I, and Calculus II.


LaShelle Hlavaty
Email: hlavatyl@wcjc.edu

Mrs. Hlavaty has a Master's in Curriculum Education in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington.  She is currently a 4th/5th grade Instructional Coach for El Campo ISD.  She brings education of teaching experience using her 13 years of classroom instruction and 2 years of coaching.  She enjoys working with students and spending time with her family. 


Austin Hsiung
Email: HsiungA@wcjc.edu

Mr. Hsiung received a B.A. degree from Chung-Yuan Christian University major in Electronic Engineering, a M.S. degree from Texas A&I University in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. degree from Texas A&M University at Kingsville in Mathematics. He taught math classes at Texas A&M University at Kingsville while in graduate school. Mr. Hsiung has worked for Wharton County Junior College since 2012. At WCJC he has taught College Algebra and Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences, and Calculus for Business and Social Sciences.


Keith Johnson
Email: johnsonke@wcjc.edu

Mr. Johnson has a Bachelor's Degree from Concordia University at Austin and a Master’s Degree from Southern Arkansas in Mathematics Education.  He currently teaching at Fort Bend ISD, but has also taught at Lubbock ISD, Flour Bluff ISD, and Somerset ISD.  Prof. Johnson has also taught dual credit courses with South Plains Junior College and Houston Community College.  Since 2015, at WCJC, he has taught College Algebra and Mathematics for Teachers I & II. 


Charles Kilgore
Email: kilgorec@wcjc.edu

Mr. Kilgore received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Texas Permian Basin and his Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Lamar University.  He has been teaching college level mathematics since 2000.  Mr. Kilgore started teaching for WCJC in Spring 2019 and has taught College Algebra and Trigonometry. 


Kenneth Osore
Email: osorek@wcjc.edu

Mr. Osore received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Houston in Victoria in Spring 1995. In Fall 2001, he received his Masters of Arts degree from University of Houston Victoria. Mr. Osore currently teachers for Edna ISD. Mr. Osore has been teaching at Wharton County Junior College since 1997. He has taught College Algebra, Trigonometry, Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences, Calculus for Business and Social Sciences, Statistics, and Calculus.


Mr. Togba C. Sapolucia
Email: togbas@wcjc.edu

Mr. Sapolucia received his BSEE degree from University of Colorado, Denver. He received his M.SC degree from Prairie View A&M University. Mr. Sapolucia taught as a full-time instructor of Mathematics at Prairie View A&M University. Mr. Sapolucia has been teaching Precalculus, Calculus I & II, and Statistics courses at Wharton County Junior College since 1989. He is also an adjunct instructor of Mathematics at University of Houston - Downtown. 


Shannon Simon
Email: simons@wcjc.edu

Mr. Simon received a B.S. in Mathematics Education from McNeese State University in 2006. He also holds a M.S. in Statistics (2010) from the University of Houston Clear Lake, along with an M.Ed in Instructional Leadership (2012) from the University of St. Thomas. He has been teaching high school math for 12 years.  Mr. Simon has been teaching Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, Precalculus at WCJC since Summer 2017.


Burak Yilmaz
Email: yilmazb@wcjc.edu


Dr. Burak Yilmaz received his B.S. in Mathematics from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. He completed his master's in Math Education from University of Central Oklahoma and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of Missouri, Kansas City. Dr. Yilmaz has more than 13 years of teaching experience at both high school and college level. Dr. Yilmaz started teaching at WCJC in 2016. Dr. Yilmaz has taught both developmental and credit level math courses, including Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, Precalculus, Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences, and Calculus for Business & Social Sciences.


 Former Faculty


Ben Brink
Former Full-Time Instructor of Mathematics

Mr. Brink received the B.S. in Math from Allegheny College, and the M.A. in Math from West Virginia University.  He has over 30 years of instructional experience.  Mr. Brink retired in 2017.


Fred Ermis
Former Full-Time Instructor of Mathematics

Mr. Ermis earned a B.S. Degree in Mathematics from Sam Houston State University and a M.S. Degree in Mathematics from Marquette University.  He has done additional graduate studies in Mathematics at Oberlin College and the University of Houston.  Mr. Ermis has taught at WCJC since 1966. Mr. Ermis teaches College Algebra, Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences, and Calculus for Business and Social Sciences. 


Quantas Floyd
Former Part-Time Instructor of Mathematics

Mr. Floyd received his B.S. from Texas Southern University in 2000 and earned his M.Ed. degree from Texas Southern University in 2015.  Mr. Floyd has been a Secondary Mathematics teacher for 12 years before becoming an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University.  In Fall 2017, he became a member of the Wharton County Junior College mathematics faculty as a dual credit teacher at George Ranch High School.  Mr. Floyd has taught College Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Mathematics for Teachers II.

Kirby Pressly
Former Full-Time Instructor of Mathematics

Mr. Pressly has been on the WCJC math faculty for over forty years and teaches classes at all levels. He received degrees from the University of North Texas and UT at Austin. Mr. Pressly retired in 2018.

Ariel Taylor
Former Full-Time Instructor of Mathematics

Dr. Taylor earned her Doctorate Degree in Professional Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Houston in May 2017. She received both her B.S. in Mathematics and M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 and 2013. She was a secondary mathematics teacher for 4 years and a district mathematics specialist for 2 years prior to becoming a full-time instructor for Wharton County Junior College in Fall 2017.


 

 

 




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