Dr. Christine von Renesse
Office: Wilson 326 H
Phone: (413) 572-5675
Fax: (413) 572-5617
Department of Mathematics
Westfield State University
577 Western Avenue
Westfield, MA 01086
Christine von Renesse is a passionate teacher, who loves teaching at all levels — from elementary school through College. She uses open inquiry techniques in all her classes, believing that this is the most effective and enjoyable way of learning and teaching. Her students learn to take responsibility, to think independently and to enjoy the endeavor of challenging questions with growing confidence.
The mathematics for liberal arts classes at Westfield State University allow Christine to bring her passion for dance and music into her mathematics life, exploring the deeper connections together with her students. In the mathematics courses for future K-12 teachers she brings her students into the classrooms, collaborating with the teachers in finding effective ways to explore mathematics together.
Christine is also part of the leadership team of the New England Community for Inquiry-Based Learning, which is turn is part of the national COMMIT network.
In her free time Christine loves to explore nature, sing in harmony and go dancing, especially with her daughter.
Christine has a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, a Minor in Music and a Master's Degree in Mathematics from the Technical University Berlin, Germany. After receiving her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she is now a professor at Westfield State University.