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Decades later, math professor continues to influence Wisconsin educators

By Mount Mary University

Posted on November 20, 2017

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From the Summer 2017 special edition of the Wisconsin Teacher of Mathematics, dedicated to Sister Mary Patronia Van Straten.

Sister Petronia Van Straten began teaching at Mount Mary in 1947, served as chairman of the math department for over 20 years beginning in 1965, and continued to teach up until her death in January, 1987. She died just short of 40 years of service at Mount Mary.

“Her influence helped to shape the Mathematics Department at Mount Mary College … and mathematics education within the United States.”

1 response to “Decades later, math professor continues to influence Wisconsin educators”

  • Professionally, the math and techniques of teaching math that I learned from Sister Petronia influenced my teaching for decades. However, her caring for her students made a deeper and longer lasting impression. In addition, through Sister our family met a family that became an integral part of our family.

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