Rolfe Nasr earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and a Master in Education from Grand Canyon University. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Rolfe tutored many students in mathematics. He enjoyed it so much that after graduation he realized his calling was to be a mathematics instructor. Now 19 years later, he is very happy about this decision.
Along with facilitating courses at GCU, Rolfe is an advanced mathematics instructor at El Dorado High School in Placentia, California. During his 19 years in education, he has served as a mathematics curriculum mentor and has written various mathematics study guides for the district. He enjoys teaching for GCU because of the challenge and the privilege to interact with students on a higher level.
Rolfe is married with two children. He enjoys playing with techno gadgets, golfing and going to Disneyland and Hawaii with his family.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Facilitating online courses at GCU has helped me find my purpose by allowing me to continually strive to be a better instructor. I love the subject I teach and discussing the topics involved. I enjoy hearing what students have to say and the questions they have. Many are good thoughtful discussions that help me learn as well. As educators, we always say that we are lifelong learners. I really try to embrace this philosophy and hope that my students can as well.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I really enjoy the discussions throughout the weeks and use these as a teaching strategy. Most of my students are striving to be future teachers, so I often ask them to answer the discussion questions and my follow up questions as if they were explaining it to a student. This helps prepare them for what they will soon experience. It also furthers the discussions because we can comment on the process and ask follow up questions a student may have. Additionally, I bring up real-world concepts, interesting facts, and the history behind many concepts. This allows students to understand why and how these concepts were developed. I think this also helps motivate students and gives them ideas of what they will want to do in their future classrooms.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
There really is not one student success story that I can point out as I see so many successful GCU students. The ones that do stand out are those who have their final course or two before they earn their degree/credential to start teaching. I can see the excitement in their postings and it makes me excited as well. They are anxious to ask for advice and I am always happy to share my years of experience with them.