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Math teacher says she’s ’emotionally invested’ in campus and students

By Velma Crochet

Leah Frauendienst is an instructor of mathematics at Volunteer State Community College.

She loves teaching at Vol State and feels emotionally invested at this campus because this is

where she started her career and absolutely loved her time as a student. She has been

teaching math for general studies and college algebra for the last four years. Beginning her

fifth year teaching at Vol State she now has added another course to her agenda, math for

elementary majors.

College algebra is her favorite of the three courses to teach because it is organized and

makes a bigger connection. “Algebra is my baby,” Frauendienst said.

Yanetd Herrera said that she hated math before taking Frauendienst, math 1010 class this

past summer and now can see the other side of the math. “She is very passionate when she

explains everything in a simple manner so we all understand it. I love her attitude always

willing to answer our questions,” said Herrera. Frauendienst is easy to connect with for

help or questions to be answered because she uses remind, the app. An easy way to manage

communication—and make more time for teaching according to

Frauendienst, received her associate’s degree at VSCC in general studies. Then she went on

to further her education at Tennessee Tech where she got her master’s degree and

bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Math always has an answer and is not subjective. She

was going to teach high school students but very quickly changed her mind teach college

instead said Frauendienst. During her college years she tutored her peers at the math labs

on campus at Vol State and Tennesse Tech.

Frauendienst was born in Minnesota and then moved to Hendersonville, Tennesse, at the

age of four. She loves the area and enjoys eating at Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe on

occasion. Her favorite time of year is fall with crisp air and beautiful landscape to see said

Frauendienst. When she is not busy helping a student, grading papers or lecturing you can

find her at a Predators game enjoying the vibe inside the Bridgestone Arena.

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