The Flourishing Academic Career Of Dr. Lennox Superville And His Excellent Qualities As A Professor
Dr. Lennox Superville was born in Fyzabad, Trinidad, on June 10, 1942. While attending Nelson Street Boys’ R.C. School in Port of Spain, Trinidad, he had to deal with the tragic death of his mother from a heart attack. He was a seven-year-old boy who had to bear this heartbreaking news on his own. To this day, when he thinks of his mother, it brings tears to his eyes.
From Student to being a Teacher
He enrolled at Osmond High School 5th Street San Juan, Trinidad, and Tobago, after graduating from Nelson Street Boys’ R.C. School at the age of 13 to study for the General Certificate Examination (GCE) O’ Level exams. After passing various GCE O’ Level subjects, he began his teaching career in 1961, when he joined the teaching team at Immanuel’s High School Barataria, T&T, as primarily a Mathematics instructor.
Dr. Lennox Superville was adamant about obtaining a Doctorate in Mathematics. With this aim in mind, he traveled to New York City, USA, on August 28, 1966, to pursue his Ph.D. in Mathematics. In 1970, he received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Hunter College in New York City, followed by a Master of Arts in 1972. He then finished the arduous job of receiving a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1978, making him the first Trinidadian American to do so at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). “Various Aspects of Max Algebra” is the title of his Doctoral Thesis (Notices of The American Mathematical Society, Volume 25, Number 6, Pages 353 – 460, A—569-A-692).
In 1972, Dr. Lennox Superville began teaching mathematics as an adjunct professor at Hunter College in New York City. In 1978, he was elevated to tenured assistant professor.
He also lectured as an adjunct professor in Basic Programming at Columbia University in the City of New York, NYC, in Summer 1977, Biostatistics for Nurses at St. Joseph College in Brooklyn, NY, in 1978, and was the editor and author of Basic Skills: Arithmetic and Algebra, A Modular Approach (1978, 1979) for first-year students entering CUNY through Open Admissions (CUNY Open Admissions history). He was also Co-Chair of the Journal of the CUNY Mathematics Discussion Group from 1978-to 79.
His Qualities As A Mathematics Professor
As a Professor, Dr. Lennox Superville’s teaching technique is frequently noted and liked by students. He chose this particular vocation because of his expertise and skills in teaching math. His qualities as an excellent teacher include the following:
Encouragement and empathy
It is well known that mathematics is a subject that many individuals struggle with at various levels. Many people struggle to understand the underlying concepts and formulas since it is based on logical thinking, which can rarely be attained through memorizing. Dr. Lennox Superville, on the other hand, is sympathetic and encourages people to explore new techniques. He assisted his students in overcoming any difficulties by demonstrating alternate tactics and learning styles.
Accustomed with the material
When a teacher lacks sufficient understanding, they are unable to pass knowledge on to others. As a result, people who choose to pursue degrees in mathematics must fulfill high criteria and expectations in order to pass their studies. Once they are in positions of teaching, that knowledge must be broken down and stated in a way that those who do not have a background in arithmetic and algebra can understand. Dr. Lennox Superville not only understands why each thought exists, but he can also clarify its critical prerequisite for a subsequent explanation.
Culturally Aware and Open-Minded
Interpersonal skills and communication are two of the most critical leadership qualities for teachers, although they are typically undervalued. Both of these are directly related to the reality that teachers must work with pupils from a variety of backgrounds and ways of life. Dr. Lennox Superville recognizes and maintains an open mind toward cultural diversity, which is incredibly significant and has contributed to his career’s longevity.
A Successful Mathematician and Teacher
A lecturer is not recognized or respected by their pupils unless they are effective in making them understand the concepts. This is only possible if the professors themselves have a thorough comprehension of the subject. Dr. Lennox Superville has shown to be that individual.