Asia Matthews

Mathematics Tutor (Math)


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BA, University of California, Santa Cruz
MA, San Francisco State University
PhD, Queen's University

I love teaching people. Pure mathematics, mathematics education, philosophy of mathematics, and the history of mathematics are my primary professional interests. Students who are curious and insightful inspire me to learn more.  But it is especially rewarding to see wonder in the eyes of people who thought they disliked mathematics.

I earned my PhD in Mathematics (with a thesis in undergraduate mathematics education) in 2015 from Queen’s University after a MA in mathematics in 2007 from San Francisco State University and a BA in mathematics in 2002 from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  My research interests now are mathematics in a liberal education, the geometry of paper folding, discrete mathematics, especially combinatorics, and the history of mathematics.

Before coming to Quest full-time I came to Quest as a visiting tutor to teach a few blocks here and there.  I designed, and have been teaching here for three years, a Foundation block on mathematical thinking and creativity called, Mathematics Through Interesting Problems.  In my spare time I helped to run a small business, was raising my two small children, and was involved in a SSHRC research project studying health numeracy.  I also started and ran a community garden, was on the board of a community meeting house, did some quilting, and organized and led activities for a Numeracy Week in a K-8 elementary school.

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