Faculty Who Care
Karen A. Hurst
Program Chair, Math and Science
Karen Hurst joined the faculty at Central Penn College in the fall term of 2013 as an Associate Professor of Mathematics. During the winter term of 2015 her responsibilities changed to include the Program Chair of Math and Science position. Prior to coming to CPC, Karen was an adjunct faculty member at HACC where she enjoyed the process of helping to create a foundational studies course that dealt with math anxiety and building math skills. Professor Hurst has extensive experience with teaching math to high school students in a variety of settings. She wrote the math curriculum for a high adventure based school and participated in the weekly adventures with the students that included zip lining, rock climbing and water sports. While at Central Penn, Karen has enjoyed helping students overcome their negative ideas about math. Teaching online, on ground and in the evenings has given her a wide perspective of the students and their needs.
Karen and Dwight, her husband of almost 40 years, live in Harrisburg. They have raised three children and have six grandchildren (one on the way in June 2016). Together they enjoy a fast paced busy life accented with trips to their family and to their favorite spot in Florida. One room in their house is covered from floor to ceiling with bursting bookshelves as they both love reading and books.
I love learning and I love teaching. Each person is so unique. One joy of working with a diverse student body is that it allows me to grow as I meet new people. I want to meet students right where they are. I do not have preconceived ideas of where they should be in the journey toward their goals. Right where they are is perfect for now. Hopefully as I meet them where they are I can share some information and ideas with them to help them grow too. We are in this journey together. Hopefully students can feel that this is a team effort, not all them and not all me.