Kim SonierFor Coconino Community College math instructor Kim Sonier, one of her favorite things about teaching is that moment when a struggling student “just gets it.”

 

Sonier, who was named Full-time Faculty of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year, is in her 12th year at CCC, where she teaches math, including pre-calculus and calculus.

 

“One of the cool things about being here is to watch a student grow from struggling, to working hard, to putting the pieces together and understanding what they’re doing,” Sonier said. “It’s just amazing.”

 

Sonier’s goal in teaching math is that she wants her students to be brave and just try something to solve the problem. It may not always work, but they are getting a better idea on how things are connected and work together, she said.

 

“I want to make them into better problem solvers,” Sonier said.She also tells her students not to rely so much on technology.

 

“Nowadays, you can get an answer instantly,” Sonier said. “But we need to teach students how to think.”

 

CCC students nominated Sonier for her award.

 

“Ms. Sonier is always there for us students. Even if she is out of the office, she allows us to email her our questions when she is at home so she can email us back with the help we need to understand the question,” wrote CCC student Matthew Temple. “She makes math fun, exciting and most importantly understandable.”

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