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WC Spotlight - Grace Rothrock

WC Spotlight-Grace RothrockName:  Grace Rothrock

Position:  Associate Professor of Mathematics

Hometown:  Waco

How long have you been at WC?  21 years

What were your previous jobs?  Professor at TSTC in Abilene and computer operator at The Hills Church in Fort Worth.

What is the best part of your job?  I love inspiring students to excel in mathematics. It is rewarding to see them gain confidence and understanding and perhaps even learn to love mathematics.

What are your favorite things to do when you are not working?  I enjoy spending time with my family, being a mom, participating in church activities, playing the piano and reading. I also love to travel and visit friends and family. I have four sisters and three brothers and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins, and I enjoy taking time to visit whenever possible.

What was your favorite vacation?  Years ago I took a road trip with two friends. It was a crazy, hectic schedule, but we visited Virginia, Pennsylvania, D.C. and New York and saw so many sites. We were poor and traveled cheaply, but we splurged when we stayed in New York and saw “Cats” on Broadway. It was great!

What event helped shape your life?  I was privileged to be one of the first to participate in the Head Start program in southern California in 1965. As a preschooler, I thought it was just great fun to be able to go to school like my older brothers and sisters, but later I realized the importance of this year. I believe it was instrumental in shaping my life and instilling in me a life-long love of education and learning.

Who is the most famous person you have personally met?  Red Steagall; he is related to a good friend of ours, and we have enjoyed visiting with him at their informal family gatherings.

How would you describe the activity level of campus life?  It is good to have a variety of opportunities for students to become involved at Weatherford College. The various clubs and organizations are a great benefit to students who participate, and I enjoy attending art and photo exhibits and watching students perform in basketball, theater, choir and jazz band. It helps me to see them in different settings outside of a math classroom.

Why is campus life important?  Students need to feel connected to other students and to their professors and sponsors. Some of the best education occurs outside of the classroom.

How would you describe the quality of education students receive at WC?  Students have the opportunity to receive a high quality education at Weatherford College. I love hearing from students who have continued their education at a university, and they report that they were better prepared in mathematics than many of the other students. It affirms to me that we are doing a great job in preparing our students.

How would you describe the individual attention students receive at WC?  Students have excellent opportunities to receive individual attention through our smaller classes and our tutoring centers. Most professors are very approachable and encourage students to visit their offices for help outside of class.
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