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Dr. Felicitas Avendano, associate professor of biology
Earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina, and she earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

 

Dr. Lucas Bennett, associate professor of mathematics
Earned his bachelor's from Central College, and his master's and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

 

Florence Dusek, assistant professor of biology
Welcome to Grand View! I have been a professor here for several years. I have two master's degrees, one in physiology and a second in public health.  I teach Nutrition and Environmental Science.  Learning involves participation - if everyone is participating in the journey, everyone is learning - students and instructors together. I encourage students to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and recyle, recycle, recycle!
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Dr. Idit Hazan, professor of biology
Hello! I'm happy that you're interested in my area of expertise. I typically teach courses such as Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Intro to Biology, and Biotechnology. I believe in challenging my students while providing excellent support for them as they develop in their understanding of genetics and molecular biology. My door is always open to students and, in exchange, I require that they work very hard.
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Diane Hintzsche, mathematics resource specialist
I have been at Grand View ten years, and I teach Basic Mathematics (Math 100) and Beginning Algebra (Math 110). I spent most of my time in the Math Lab where I help studentswith problems they may have in math classes. I believe that every student can succeed, and sometimes we have to make adjustments as instructors and as students. I enjoy spending time at home with my children and attending their activities.

 

Dr. Hok Kim, professor of mathematics
Earned her bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.

 

Dr. Mo Liang, professor of computer science
Hello! Welcome to Grand View Computer Science Department. I have taught here for quite a few years and I enjoy working with students. I am proud of every success of our students. You can also succeed because we have small classes and you will receive individual attention. I look forward to seeing you in class in the near future! 

 

Dr. Sergio Loch, professor of mathematics and computer science
Earned his master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with further study at the University of Minnesota.

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Dr. Michael Lyons, assistant professor of biology
 

Dr. Amethyst Merchant, associate professor of biology
Earned her bachelor's degree from Georgia College and State University; earned her master's degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Donna Mohr, mathematics resource specialist
Mathematics is an invention of humankind designed to explain the workings of the physical world. While it cannot describe love, it can describe planetary motion or the amount of sales tax on a given purchase. Learning mathematics is both an intellectual endeavor and an acquired skill. As such, it is my desire to teach students the building blocks and the logic of algebra, and then give them sufficient opportunities to apply their knowledge. I am married with four children, four grandchildren, a dog, a cat, and a gecko. I hope to see you soon!

Dr. Paul Rider, professor of physics and division head of natural sciences
Hello! I teach physics (I am the Physics Department!) as well as courses in the physical sciences, the history and philosophy of science, and science issues. I believe one learns science the same way one learns to play a musical instrument or sport. I try to structure my classes accordingly, using activities and creating a classroom environment that encourages students to think like scientists.


 

Michelle Ruse, assistant professor of computer science
Hello! I have taught computer science courses at GV for several years. My belief is that the foundation of learning happens in the classroom. By experimentation via programming and other methods, students learn deeper understanding in the topic of computer science. It's important to relate concepts to ones students already understand, attaching theory to practice, remembering also to practice, practice, practice! I love Yoga - which I teach from time to time - and my daughter and I are orange belts in Tae Kwon Do. I love being a part of the GV community where mind, body and spirit are important parts of how I live my life and do my work.

Dr. Laura Salazar, associate professor of chemistry
Hello! I will work with you in courses such as Organic Chemistry, Physical Science and Contemporary Science Issues. I believe in the learner-centered model of teaching that gives students control over their learning and makes them responsible for it. Not only is this an exciting way to learn, it is a thrill to teach. I love spending time with my husband and three children. We like to play outdoors and do outside activities such as hiking, biking and camping. My favorite two places in the world are Kauai, Hawaii, and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado where I grew up.

Erma Selser, biology lab assistant
Hello! I have been at Grand View for many years where I assist in biology lab setups, direct work study students and teach introductory labs, Introductory Biology, and Environmental Science. My goal is to help students reach their potential by helping them understand their own style of learning and building on it. Besides working with students, I enjoy reading, gardening and learning something new every day. I look forward to working with you!

Dr. Corbin Zea, professor of chemistry
Welcome to chemistry! I teach General Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry. I truly love to teach. Students learn best from actively being involved in their learning, so a lot of active learning approaches are used in my classroom. Chemistry is awesome - what else is there in life?!

 

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