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Michele Gribben

As long as I can remember I have always loved math. As a child, I enjoyed doing math problems just for fun. I liked playing games like Mastermind, Clue, and Racko, which helped me learn logical reasoning skills and number sense. In high school, my favorite subject was Calculus, and this led me to pursue a major in math.

McDaniel College has always been a part of my life. Having grown up directly across from campus, the tennis courts, the track (where I could ride my bike in those days), and the sledding hills of the golf course were my childhood playground. My parents were alumni of McDaniel and I followed in their footsteps. While a student here on the Hill, I majored in math and was on the Green Terror swim team. I am a member of the McDaniel chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Kappa Mu Epsilon Honor Societies.

After graduate school at UMBC, I returned to McDaniel to teach Mathematical Excursions. I enjoy helping students who don’t consider math as one of their favorite subjects discover that they too can enjoy mathematics.


M.S. in Applied Mathematics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
B.A., McDaniel College

Research Interests

  • Mathematical pedagogy and active learning

Recent Courses

  • MAT 1106: Mathematical Excursions

  • JAN 1100: My Design

  • FYS: The Nature of Math in Puzzles and Games

Clubs and community involvement

  • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Faculty Mentor for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

  • Alumni Activities

Michele Gribben