“I spent 44 years as a high school math teacher,” she said. “My first semester as an adjunct professor at East Central College was in 1980.”
She’s still going strong.
“I enjoy mathematics,” Lutz explained, “the problem solving which makes you think logically but often requires a creative approach. I want to develop an appreciation of the power and beauty of mathematics in my students. I want to find a way to make the course content relevant to my students, to see beyond the manipulations.”
She believes in one simple notion - do math and you can do anything.
“Being able to ‘handle the math’ opens so many doors for students. Consequently, there is an urgency to help students develop good math sense and succeed in math class,” she said.
Her dedication to her students in the classroom is why she has been named the Missouri Community College Association Outstanding Adjunct Faculty for 2018! Only one award winner is chosen each year. It doesn’t come as a surprise to one of her former students.
“I had Connie Lutz as a math instructor when I returned to college,” said Peggy Reeves. “I had not been a student for several years, and she made returning not as intimidating as I thought it would be. She not only is an excellent teacher, but she also cares deeply about her students.”
It’s a sentiment shared by those who work with her as well.
“Connie has the ability to inspire and engage all of her students,” said Ann Boehmer, East Central College Dean of Instruction. “She passionately works with every student who has entered her classroom. She is a role model for all of us when she is in the classroom through her ability to teach all students and emphasize the importance of mathematics.”
She will be honored at the Missouri Community College Association Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony in Branson in November.