Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Sid Kolpas


Assistant Professor
Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

Contact Information

Marple
901 South Media Line Road
Media, PA 19063-1094
610.359.5000
Room Number: 2414
Phone: (610) 359-5207

Contact Faculty

I have been married for 45 years. My wife was a High School A.P. Calculus teacher. We have 2 daughters. Every day I will give you 100% of myself to inspire you and get you to master Math. I hope you will see how beautiful, important, and exciting Math is. I will present material in a variety of ways to appeal to all of your senses and learning styles. If you ever need someone to talk to, I'll be here to listen. Remember that learning is a two-way street. That is, no matter how hard I try to teach, it's useless unless you are in class ready TO LEARN, and to DO THE WORK. I hope we can have an exciting semester together.

Degrees

  • Ed.D. Mathematics Curriculum & Instruction/Educational Psychology
  • B.A. and M.S. in Mathematics

Papers

Awards, Grants and other Scholarly Recognitions

Books

  • http://www.etacuisenaire.com/catalog/product?deptId=GEOMETRICMODELS&d0=MATH&d1=GEOMETRY&d2=GEOMETRICMODELS&d3=1803&prodId=1803

Academic Biography

46 years of teaching from Elementary through University; BA in Mathematics, California State University 1969; MS in Mathematics, California State University 1971; Ed.D. in Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction, University of Southern California 1979; California Community College Credential in Mathematics and Computer Science; California Secondary Credential in Mathematics and Spanish; 71 published scholarly articles; 3 published books; Over 80 lectures across the country; most recently at a national conference in Philadelphia 2012, and lectures at DCCC and HACC the past 5 years. Honors include:Marshall McLuhan Teacher of the Year; Burbank Teacher of the Year; Tandy Technology Scholar; NASA Educators Award; Glendale College Distinguished Professor of the Year; Los Angeles County Teaching Commendation; Glendale Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year; California Community College Professor of the Year (Hayward Award) 2010; 3 National Science Foundation Grants.

Theoretical Approach, Experience, and Temperament

While I am very technologically literate, and use technology to enhance my instruction, I still believe that "old fashioned teaching" with lecture and discussion are the BEST way to learn. I provide structured note taking guides, Powerpoint Presentations, Applets, a personal web site, and links to supplementary materials; these are all found on WebStudy. I am passionate about teaching!

Scholarly Interests

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics History
  • Mathematical Magic
  • Antiquarian books
  • The Use of Technology in Teaching
  • The Psychology of Learning
  • Reading
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Travel
  • I love teaching Mathematics, and want students to succeed. I'm excited about showing students how important and interesting Mathematics is.