Title: Executive Secretary & Mathematics Professor
Company: CHI STEM TOYS Inc. & Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York
Location: New York, New York, United States
Rev. Dr. Nkechi M. Agwu, Professor of Mathematics and former Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching Learning and Scholarship at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, also the Executive Secretary and Lead Educator at CHI STEM TOYS INC., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Higher Education.
Dr. Agwu, as a lead educator of CHI STEM TOYS Inc. is currently in a partnership but not restricted to the New Covenant Christian School in the Bronx, working on programs that will encourage children and youth to build toys from recycled materials and available resources while developing STEM skills as well as entrepreneurial skills and on programs that provide professional development to STEM educators to develop curricular activities that foster gender equity and promote cultural heritage. CHI STEM TOYS Inc., is an international NGO/501c3 organization for teaching underprivileged children, youth and women world-wide mathematical story-telling and the principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through the creation of toys, cultural games and artifacts from recycled and readily available materials while fostering basic skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship, leadership, communication and the arts. As Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching Learning and Scholarship at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, Dr. Agwu became grounded as an expert in the professional development of educators. She is a Marquis Who’s Who Industry Expert, and has been featured with Who’s Who of American Women, and has appeared in five volumes of Who’s Who in America.
Dr. Agwu was born to Jacob Ukejeh Agwu and Europa Lauretta Durosimi Wilson in Enugu, Nigeria. As a celebrated educator, Dr. Agwu earned a BS from the University of Nigeria, with honors, and worked as a statistician with the Federal Office of Statistics in Enugu, Nigeria. She taught with Kaduna Polytechnic until arriving in the U.S., where she earned a MS from the University of Connecticut in 1989 and a PhD from Syracuse University in 1995. The Borough of Manhattan Community College is a part of the City University of New York system, and Dr. Agwu has worked as a consultant for the New Visions for Public Schools in the city from 2000 to 2001. She is also the author of “Using a Threaded Discussion Web-based Software to Teach Statistics” and has been an editor for the College Mathematics Journal and the American Journal of Undergraduate Research.
Dr. Agwu is the recipient of numerous honors, and is notably a life member of the International Biographical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. She became a Fulbright U.S. Fellow in 2004, and was a 2003 visiting fellow of the Education Testing Service. In 2002, Dr. Agwu received an International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics Travel Award from Addison-Wesley, and has notably received many other travel awards and project grants, including an early Nigerian Federal Government Merit Award from 1981 to 1984. She married Nicholas C. B. Ogbonna, and is the proud mother of Ngozichukwuka Jacob A. D.
In the next five years, she endeavors to make CHI STEM TOYS Inc. a household NGO world-wide through curriculum development, professional development of teachers, development of small business entrepreneurs of toys, cultural games and artifacts. Making CHI STEM TOYS Inc. created toys, cultural games and artifacts a household item world-wide.
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