Tebelskis, Virginia: Mathematics Faculty Member

Virginia Tebelskis was employed by the Fremont-Newark Community College District from September 1984 through June 1998.  She taught the full range of mathematics courses, from beginning algebra through first year calculus.

Spurred on by comments by a Cal State Hayward Mathematics professor that it would be wiser for Virginia to continue being a housewife than get her Master’s Degree in Math, she earned her degree and was hired at Ohlone.  She worked tirelessly in the Math Center, becoming its second supervisor.  Her life experience made her become a champion for women in math and science.

From 1985 through 1990, Virginia organized the annual Expanding Your Horizons conference at the Ohlone College.  This is a program for young women in grades 6 through 12, introducing them to careers in science, technology, engineering and math.  She was motivated by learning that so many young women were unprepared to even consider careers in these fields because they had not taken prerequisite science and math courses.  Conference goals were listed as:

to learn more about career options in math and science-related fields;

to meet and talk with women employed in math and science-related careers;

to experience activities related to these careers; and

to increase interest in math and science,

Virginia was also very active on SOAR (Ohlone Social And Recognition) Committee.  She loved organizing picnics and parties.