Professor Kim Dean is Residential Faculty at Paradise Valley Community College in the Mathematics Division. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education - Mathematics in 2001 from Saint Joseph’s College in New York, she moved to Arizona to begin her teaching career. Since that time, it has been her privilege to teach middle school, high school, and community college students. The vision and goals of PVCC prompted her to become a Residential Faculty Member in 2012.
In addition to her Bachelor of Arts, Professor Dean earned two additional degrees from Northern Arizona University, a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership.
Currently, Professor Dean helps students reach their academic goals by teaching MAT 114/115: College Algebra Prep. At her time at PVCC, she has also taught Basic Arithmetic, Introductory Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Mathematics, and College Algebra. Additionally, she supports her colleagues by serving as the MAT 114/115 Focus Group/Course Coordinator, the Open Educational Resources (OER) Committee, and the Success by Design (Universal Design for Learning) Committee. To strengthen PVCC partnerships while expanding opportunities for students, she serves as the Faculty Liaison for Dual Enrollment.
In all of her courses, Professor Dean integrates technology tools that would help students build their academic skills. Furthermore, she elects to utilize MOER, an Open Educational Resource that is free to use (utilization of textbook and online homework at no cost). Her passion is teaching mathematics and helping students accomplish great things through achieving their academic goals.