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WC Spotlight - John Dougherty

John Dougherty - WCWC instructorName:  John Dougherty

Position:  Associate Professor, Mathematics

Hometown:  Riverside, California

How long have you been at WC?  Six years

What is the best part of your job?  The best part of my job is when I can help someone succeed in earning their college degree.

What are your favorite things to do when you are not working?  Spending time with my wife and six kids and volunteering for Rhome Fire Rescue as a firefighter and ECA (Emergency Care Attendant).

What event helped shape your life?  When I was 5, my dad was hit by a car at work. He survived but was ill for the rest of his life. That event changed my outlooks on faith and relationships.

Who is the most famous person you have personally met?  I used to take martial arts lessons from Clint Eastwood’s stunt double.

How would you describe the activity level of campus life?  I see areas where we can improve and make the campus livelier for student. For example, I teach in what we call the Pi Lounge. This is a classroom set up in a very comfortable environment where students can feel more at ease when learning.

Why is campus life important?  Campus life is important because we need to interact with each other outside class as we learn in order to fully complete our education. There are a lot of things we learn in college that don’t take place inside a classroom.

How would you describe the individual attention students receive at WC?  There are always friendly staff members ready to serve our students, as well as smaller classroom sizes for more individual attention and communication between students and faculty.
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