Name: Deborah Poetsch
Academic Rank: Associate Professor, Assistant Chairperson
School: Professional Studies and Applied Sciences
Office: SH 311
Education: M.S.Ed., Queens College of the City University of New York
B.A., State University of New York-Geneseo
When children are asked what they want to be when they grow up, most do not have an answer. Professor Deborah Poetsch was different: as early as seventh grade, she knew she wanted to become a math teacher.âI found myself helping my friends with their homework,â Poetsch says. âWhen I helped my one neighbor with her homework, she said, âI donât know why the teacher doesnât do it this way. It makes so much more sense now.â I felt as if I was able to break it down differently.â
After completing her undergraduate work in math at the State University of New York– Geneseo, Poetsch became certified to teach grades seven through 12. For nine years, she primarily taught middle school students. Then in 2009, she began to teach as an adjunct at County College of Morris (CCM).
âI really enjoy working with college students,â Poetsch says. âI like to try and help students see past their perceptions of âI hate mathâ or âI donât understand it,â and help them have success where they maybe havenât had it before.â
For many years, women were not widely encouraged to enter STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) fields. As a result, the majority of STEM jobs have been filled by men. While there has been an increase of women entering the STEM workforce in recent years, the number of female workers compared to male workers is still low.
âWomen can bring different perspectives to STEM fields,â Poetsch says. âWomen and men think about things very differently and can attack problems in different ways. I think itâs very important to have women in these fields to act as role models for young girls
âItâs important for everyone, children especially, to have positive role models in these disciplines,â Poetsch continues, âso they realize they can achieve these goals, strive to achieve their dreams, and not let anyone hold them back.â