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Yvonne Greenbaun Receives MCCC's 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award


After being presented with MCCC's 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award during Commencement ceremonies May 26, Yvonne Greenbaun, second from right, is led to the podium by MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, right.

West Windsor, NJ:  For Yvonne Greenbaun, teaching mathematics at Mercer County Community College is not a job, but a calling. Her devotion to teaching was recognized at the college’s Commencement ceremonies on May 26, when President Patricia Donohue presented her with the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Selected by students and her colleagues for the honor, Greenbaun is herself a graduate of MCCC.  She was a nontraditional student who returned to college while working full-time and raising her children.  She says she loves teaching.  “When I teach I want my students to see the power and the beauty of mathematics in everyday life, and I try to convey to them more than the nuts and bolts of mathematics.”

In introducing her to the assembled students and guests, Dr. Donohue noted that this dedicated faculty member goes out of her way to try to ensure that students are comfortable with the material before going further. She makes time available before and after class, is honest, ethical, and a true professional.”

A member of the MCCC faculty since 2003, Greenbaun is described by her students and peers as totally dedicated to her profession. They note that her personality and positive attitude encourage students to do better.

Accepting the award, Greenbaun noted that she began her studies at Mercer with a calculus class taught by Professor Art Schwartz.  “I thought ‘Wow, this stuff is great, and that guy is having way too much fun doing this!”  Not one to be shy, I went up to talk with Professor Schwartz.  From that class I found a friend, a mentor, now a colleague, and I learned a really important equation.  Work does not just equal making a living.  Do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life.”

Greenbaun says she chose to study at Mercer back in the 1970s because it was convenient and economical.  After earning dual degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry, she transferred to Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and earned her B.S. and M.A.

Greenbaun works on statewide committees and has spoken at conferences in Washington, Trenton and throughout New Jersey.  She works at the state level with two-and four-year colleges to align content and improve course transferability and served on a committee with Congressman Rush Holt.  She served on the New Jersey Community College Big Ideas K-16 curriculum alignment project to improve college and career readiness.

Before beginning her teaching career, Greenbaun worked in research at Johnson and Johnson, then was a faculty member at Middlesex County College, where she chaired the Math department.

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care,” Greenbaun said to the graduates. “Whatever your reason for attending Mercer, you have received an education with perks, and one of those perks is the faculty at this college.”

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