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Leo Takahashi works with three students

Leo Takahashi: It's all physics

After nearly 50 years of teaching physics to Penn State Beaver students, Leo Takahashi is still challenging students to succeed in his classes.
Mari Pierce teaching class

Dr. Mari Pierce: Opinions matter

Administration of Justice professor loves being at a small campus and working with students who aren't afraid to voice their opinions.
Tiffany MacQuerrie teaches an English class

Tiffany MacQuarrie: Building confidence

English instructor was a student at Beaver before returning to teach
Michelle Kurtyka holds a ball in a classroom in the gymnasium

Michelle Kurtyka: On the Ball

Michelle Kurtyka enjoys teaching fitness and a healthy lifestyle
A high school student conducts a lab experiment as part of the Beaver Science Challenge.

The times they are a-changin'

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women hold a disproportionately smaller share of of STEM undergraduate degrees. The female STEM professors at Penn State Beaver are helping to change that.
Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth teaches a biology class.

Make way for women in STEM

Half of the STEM faculty members at Penn State Beaver are women, and they're pushing hard to help the next generation of female scientists, programmers, engineers and mathematicians succeed.
Jim Hendrickson builds a bat house with a group of students

James Hendrickson: Engineering excellence

Long-time engineering instructor brings his practical experience and his love for a challenge into the classroom
Dr. Michael Hay works with two students in the chemistry lab.

Dr. Michael Hay: Good chemistry

Professor says Penn State's 2+2 plan is beneficial for students because it allows them to get to know faculty and seek help when they need it.
John Chapin teaches video editing

Dr. John Chapin: Focused on communication

Professor credits his own teachers for his success both in and out of the classroom
Robin Bower teaches a spanish class

Dr. Robin Bower: Excited about teaching

"Teaching has always been something I wanted to do," says Bower. "It’s something I am very passionate about. Higher education changed my life."