H. Jeannette Stephens, BS, MS, PhD

Title: Retired Mathematics Educator
Company: Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College
Location: Bellingham, Washington, United States

H. Jeannette Stephens, Retired Mathematics Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

With 40 years of professional experience to her credit, Dr. Stephens is an accomplished educator who has contributed her expertise to numerous institutions of higher learning throughout her career. Her most recent position was with Whatcom Community College, where she taught mathematics and mathematics education from 1986 until her retirement in 2016. During this period, Dr. Stephens additionally held a position as a teacher of mathematics and mathematics education at Western Washington University from 1987 to 1990 and, prior to her employment with Whatcom Community College, she worked at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College from 1980 to 1984.

From 1975 to 1980, Dr. Stephens contributed to the West High School in Iowa City, Iowa, as a teacher of mathematics. At the campus school with the University of Iowa, she served as a graduate assistant and mathematics educator from 1970 to 1974, and she began her career with the West Junior High School in Binghamton, New York, as a teacher of mathematics from 1966 to 1969. Dr. Stephens is a certified teacher in the states of both New York and Iowa.

In preparation for her professional career, Dr. Stephens began her higher education at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1966. Continuing her education at the same institution, she earned a Master of Science in 1969, before transferring to the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where she concluded her academic efforts, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in 1979.

Born on February 22, 1944, in Waukegan, Illinois, to Clarence Francis Stephens Sr. and Harriette Josephine Stephens, Dr. Stephens regards her parents as her mentors. In addition, she is thankful to her colleagues who have assisted her in learning to use modern technology in her education, helping her to better connect with and reach her students. She finds the most rewarding part of her profession to be seeing her students find success in learning mathematics, and especially seeing them begin to enjoy the subject. In her free time, Dr. Stephens enjoys completing sudoku puzzles and jigsaw puzzles, in addition to studying the Torah.

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