Nancy Cobb – Chair of the Mathematics Department
Nancy holds a BSEd in Secondary Mathematics from the University of Georgia and a MA in Education (focus in secondary mathematics,) from Piedmont College.
Teaching is my God-given talent and mathematics happens to be the field that intrigues my mind. I joined the Emmanuel College Mathematics Department in 2015 as a Mathematics Instructor with a goal to share my love of God and of mathematics with my students. My path to Emmanuel College has included various career adventures. I taught high school mathematics in Georgia’s public schools for 10 years. Love for mathematics and its application within technology allowed me the opportunity to be a corporate computer applications trainer, then a financial analyst at Westinghouse Savannah River Nuclear Site in Aiken, South Carolina. By far, being a stay-at-home mom until our daughter began middle school was the favorite variable in my career equation. During this period, I also worked part time as the office manager for Pruitt Funeral Home in Royston, Georgia. My husband, Dennis, and I live in Hartwell, Georgia. We have one daughter, Meagan, who is currently working on her PhD in Hispanic Studies at the University of South Carolina. We are members of Hartwell First Baptist Church. My hobbies include playing the piano, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, hiking, and reading.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; it if is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
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Dr. Ningjun (Nina) Ye – Associate Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Nina Ye, Associate Professor of Mathematics holds an English Education degree from Jiangsu Normal College in China, an MS and PhD in Mathematics from the University Southern Mississippi.
My lifelong dream was always to be a teacher. After teaching in high school in China for over 12 years, I have been teaching in colleges in the US for over 12 years as well.
I have published papers on new pedagogical approaches to solving mathematical problems that may be interesting to college students for widening their mathematical knowledge. My book with Dr. Sherry Herron, “Assessing the impact of a computer-based college algebra course,” was published in Scholars’ Press, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-3-639-70847-9. I am interested in learning to utilize the large quantity of freely available data to produce quality research. I am also interested in combining other nations’ educational merits into my teaching methods to produce better generations of students.
I was saved in the US when I was a PhD student. My favorite scripture is Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Marsha Cleland – Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Marsha holds a BSEd in Middle Grades Education (Math and Social Science) from Emmanuel College as well as a Master’s in Education (focus secondary mathematics) and a Master’s in Education (focus curriculum and teaching) from Piedmont College.
Not too long ago I was searching for God’s path for me. I was listening a sermon on Facebook and the take away was: “If you cannot clearly hear God telling you what to do next, then go back to the last thing you know God called you to do.” For me, that was teaching. And just like that God opened the door to my position here at Emmanuel College. I joined the Department of Mathematics at Emmanuel College in 2018. I also serve as a Freshman Mentor and as the Secondary Mathematics Education Coordinator.
I was born and raised in neighboring Hart County, so I am very familiar with the area. I graduated from Emmanuel College in 1999 with a degree in Middle Grades Education. I spent much of my teaching experience in Franklin County Middle School where I taught mathematics, reading, English, and Georgia history. In 2010, my family moved to Michigan where I served in various positions in the K-12 arena focusing on administration and curriculum. I also worked on several special projects at the state and federal level. After eight years as a southern belle in Yankee territory, my family moved back to Royston to be closer to extended family. It is with pleasure that I humbly come to Emmanuel College to serve the students on their path toward lifelong success. My husband and I are lucky to have three adult boys, who have gone on to make lives of their own, and two teenagers still at home. I am a proud Marine Corps MoM and wife. My children attend Hart County Schools and we currently live in Royston. I am happy to be here working with students at Emmanuel. I hope you will find that I am easy to talk to, and I am here if you need me for academic support or if you need a cheerleader!
Daniel LeCroy – Instructor of Mathematics
Daniel holds a BSEd degree in Secondary Mathematics from Emmanuel College as well as an MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of West Georgia.
In high school, I discovered I had a passion for teaching while giving guitar lessons. I also discovered a passion for mathematics. I have learned throughout my life that God has a way of leading me to where I need to go. Since this area is my hometown, I had no intentions of staying here to attend college. However, I enrolled and fell in love with Emmanuel. After graduating, I left to teach high school mathematics in Gainesville, Georgia. During that year, I was afforded an opportunity to further pursue my passion for mathematics by attending the University of West Georgia and earning my master’s degree in applied mathematics. After finishing my degree, God had another unexpected plan for me and it was right back where I started. I joined the faculty of Emmanuel College. Among the many opportunities Emmanuel has provided me, I am especially grateful for the opportunity to meet my wife, Janna. Outside of mathematics I enjoy playing the guitar, writing music and stories, recording music, and coin collecting. And of course, we live in Franklin Springs, and we are right where God wants us.
Timia Reynolds – Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
Timia holds a BSEd degree in Secondary Mathematics from Emmanuel College.
In the Fall of 2017, I joined the mathematics department and became the women’s basketball assistant coach at Emmanuel. Originally from Rome, GA, I came to Emmanuel in the fall of 2013 to earn my degree and to play basketball. Since the eighth grade, I knew that God was calling me to use my talents to teach and to coach. In my time as a student at Emmanuel, I served as a math tutor in the academic resource center, worked as a student-teacher at Hart County High School, and participated in the IMPACT (Integrating Mathematical Principles and Christ Teaching) club. I truly believe that Emmanuel is a place that God has called me to be and I strive to help my students in any way I can. I hope to have a positive impact on all of those I teach and coach.