Professor Shares Educational Advice, Life Experiences in New Book
by Erika Khair, Student Writer, EKU Communications & Marketing
In addition to teaching algebra and mathematical applications to students, Eastern professor Dr. Antoinette Davis wants to inspire people of all ages to greater educational attainment.
Davis is a lecturer in the University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics and has also written four books, including her most recent, “Achieving the Ultimate Dream of Education,” which was published in May.
She describes the book as “a road map to success and the overall future.” In it, Davis recounts her experiences throughout her college education and shares advice for parents who want to put themselves or their children through school.
After a 10-year journey that culminated in a doctoral degree in 2014, Davis can draw from considerable educational experience in her writing. A native of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Davis earned an associate degree in secondary education and teaching from Lake Michigan College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oakwood University, which was followed by a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Wayne State University and a doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Kentucky.
Davis was also inspired by her mother, who returned to college after 20 years. “A lot of people feel like they can’t accomplish their dreams for various reasons,” she said, “so I shared my mother’s story. I was just encouraged to see her going toward her dream. You’re never too old.”
In her own classroom, Davis finds the best part of her job to be encouraging her students, even if they hate math. “I enjoy teaching math and getting to know the students, because they’re all different, from different environments and different math teachers,” she said. “When I began teaching, I said I wanted to teach how I learned. In my courses, I believe in breaking everything down to the smallest parts, then building back up. I’m encouraged when someone says, ‘I never learned math this way.’ I’m excited that what I’m teaching they’re learning.”
Davis also emphasizes the importance of a college education to even be eligible for many jobs in today’s world. She works with the University’s Upward Bound program for high school students who want to be the first college students in their families.
“Education is important, because we need to show children they matter and have a future,” she said. “It’s exciting to see that education can do so much, but people have to see individuals like us and what it’s doing in our lives for them to say, ‘You know what, maybe I can do it, too.’”
“College is the best way to determine what you want to do in life,” Davis added. “People should know that following your dreams can increase your happiness because you will have the ability to work in a job you love.”