The University of Virginia’s College at Wise hired several new faculty members this year, one of whom is a mathematics instructor and intervention coordinator for the math and computer science department, Angela Koester.
Koester graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics. Koester taught high school for nine years, prior to joining the faculty at UVa-Wise.
“I have always wanted to get into higher education, use my masters and help college kids succeed,” Koester said.
When transitioning from teaching high school to college, there are some adjustments to make when it comes to teaching styles. Koester says that the best adjustment is getting an opportunity to work with students one-on-one.
“You get to take time for individual students,” Koester said. “Whereas in high school I’d have 30 kids in a classroom — I would only get to talk to each one of them for a few seconds.”
Though she made a significant transition from teaching high school to being a college instructor, Koester says she enjoys the “family” that UVa-Wise is.
“I feel like UVa-Wise is a family, and I hope to continue to help students here,” she said.