Graduate Student Post: Andy Krause
Andrew “Andy” Krause, a Spartan through-and-through, joined the PRIME program in 2013. Originally born in Colorado, Andy moved to Goodrich, Michigan (east of Grand Blanc) with his family before starting elementary school. After navigating the school system, Andy graduated from Goodrich High School and set his sights on Michigan State University.
Andy graduated from MSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. Two years later, Andy obtained a Master’s in Mathematics, also from MSU. Now, Andy is an Instructor for the Department of Mathematics at MSU. Andy has been working for the Department of Mathematics for the past eight years, beginning as an Undergraduate Assistant in 2008. Aside from being an instructor, Andy is also the Co-Coordinator of the Center for Instructional Mentoring. As Co-Coordinator, Andy handles “professional development, teaching assignments, observations and recommendations, teaching complaints, and new faculty support.” In sum, Andy says, “you name it, we do it.”
It has been his work within the Department of Mathematics, and his desire to improve mathematics teaching as a whole, that has inspired Andy to pursue a PhD in Mathematics Education. As a researcher, Andy’s interest is in teaching and learning at the early undergraduate level, primarily in calculus.
When asked about his goals for his time within the PRIME program, Andy humbly states that he wants to “keep making progress through my program and continue to find ways to apply my expertise in my work.” Simply put, Andy says that there is still “a lot of work left to do right here at MSU” and that he hopes to “work here for quite a while.”
Aside from his love of teaching, Andy enjoys gardening, woodworking, remodeling his house, playing golf, basketball, softball, cooking healthy food, eating healthy food, and to “discuss the world with my wife while walking our dog.”
Upon closing, Andy would like to say, “There’s nothing more important than finding happiness through work that is enjoyable, fulfilling, and meaningful.” He is also “thankful that the great community here at MSU has allowed me to find that happiness in my life.”
Written by John J. Thomas, III