Sonoma State University

Mathematics Department Alumni Notes

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Note that "submitted" dates are in day-month-year format.

Fiina Ugrin Jolley 1972 (submitted 08-07-2009): I retired from Fort Bragg Unifed School District in June 2008 after teaching mathematics for thirty-five years. In 2008-09 I worked with three first year math teachers at Fort Bragg High School, serving as their "shoulder to lean on" once a week. This was a wonderful experience. One of those first year teachers was Virginia Knott, SSU 2006!

mohammad alkhateeb 1984 (submitted 08-02-2009): i need to contact my friends who graduated in 1984 and 1983

Gloria Miller 1994 (submitted 02-06-2011): Graduating from Stanford University, 2011 Ph.D. Education, Learning Sciences and Technology Design

Elizabeth Padilla 1995 (submitted 16-12-2010): After all the corporate roles, I am now doing what I went to school Teach High School Mathematics. Having a great time, this is my 4th year now and hope to continue for a long time.

Colleen Meydenbauer 1996 (submitted 19-03-2011):

Nick Hoffman 2001 (submitted 04-07-2008): I got married soon after graduating from SSU (June, 2002)and have two children. Nathan was born in April, 2005 and Ashlyn was born in May, 2007.
I am entering my 7th year of teaching at Pioneer High School in San Jose, and my 3rd year as a co-chair of the math department. Currently teaching Pre-Calculus, AP Statistics, and a specialized course for seniors to prepare them to take college placement exams. I developed the review/project-based course myself, and it is based on the topic outline for the CSU's ELM Placement Test. I am also a mentor teacher through our district BTSA program, and served this year as the curriculum team leader for our WASC review. And I am the head coach of Pioneer's varsity boys soccer team.

David Bozarth 2004 (submitted 04-07-2009): After completing the B.S. program in Math (Computer Science Option), worked as a programmer/analyst with the IT group at a local winery - while doing part-time graduate study in SSU's Engineering Science Dept. Served a 3-month internship at Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa in Summer 2008, and completed the M.S. program in Spring 2009. Summer 2009: Internship in software integration/test automation at Calix Solutions in Petaluma. Impressed with the new looks of the Math Dept. website and the MATH Major paper circular!

Aaron Melgoza 2005 (submitted 11-12-2008): Graduated with BA in Math from SSU, Teaching Credential from CSUEB, and Masters Degree in Education from CSUEB. Currently working on Adminstrative Credential from CSUEB. Currently teaching high school math at Lapaloma HS in Oakley

Megan Wong 2006 (submitted 28-08-2008): I got my teaching credential in 2007 from Sonoma State and I am starting my second year of teaching at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. I am excited to be teaching an honors class this year and hope to excite students about mathematics.

Virginia Knott 2006 (submitted 06-10-2008): I am in my first year as a teacher at Fort Bragg High School. I am currently teaching Algebra I, Algebra II and a class called College Readiness which prepares students for the SAT and ELM exams. I am enjoying sharing my love of math with students.

Leslie Banta 2006 (submitted 07-03-2010): After graduation from SSU, I completed my teaching credential and my Master’s Degree in Education at Dominican University (so glad they have a Ukiah branch). I am currently teaching all levels of mathematics at Redwood Academy Charter School in Ukiah and will be starting an AP Calculus program there for the 2010-11 school year. I thought that when I finished my teaching credential I was done with night classes, but I will also be teaching part-time at Mendocino College in the Fall – I'm really looking forward to it, even with the evening class schedule!

Virginia Knott 2006 (submitted 29-05-2010): I am still teaching at Fort Bragg High and loving it! We just bought our first home in November so I am learning to live in a construction zone.

Sean MacRae 2007 (submitted 11-02-2008): Modern Algebra gave to me the meaning of life... When asked if I believe in God I reply, 'Yes, up to isomorphism'
"The more you know, the more you know you don't know zilch!"

Steven Moore 2007 (submitted 25-11-2008): I got my Math and Computer Science degrees in Spring of 2007, and just bought a (small) condo in my hometown of Sunnyvale, CA. I'm currently working as an automation engineer in Apple's wireless communications department. Life is good.

Leanna Lofte 2008 (submitted 19-09-2008): I have recently started my first quarter of graduate school at the University of Denver. I am also a GTA for two business calculus courses. Dave is doing the same thing... he probably won't fill this thing out :)