Meet The Math Translator

Hello! I’m Melissa. I’m a tenured community college math professor living and working in the eastern part of Washington state. I’ve been teaching math at the college level for over 20 years now. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long! 

My degrees are from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Throughout my career, my focus has been primarily on teaching math courses ranging from Prealgebra through Calculus I. I have a particular affinity and passion for teaching students that either hate math or feel they “aren’t good at it.” Through patient, clear, and comprehensive instruction, I am often able to help students turn that attitude around. Learning math does require effort on your part. But given the right instruction and consistent effort, you can learn it.

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I believe that every person has a unique gift to offer this world.  I am passionate about helping students achieve success in math because math is often the roadblock that prevents people from completing their degree and contributing that unique gift.  Learning math also builds an individual's ability to problem solve and problem solving is an extremely useful tool for navigating the various challenges we all encounter during our lives. I am also passionate about providing online resources for students and instructors because learning math in an online environment can be quite challenging.  I am confident, however, that the video resources I have provided on this website will be a great asset to anyone wishing to truly learn how to speak the language of mathematics.


~ Melissa