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Q&A with Adjunct Professor Paul Shinsky

by Brandon Byrd

Paul Shinsky serves as an adjunct professor for Rochester University, teaching algebra and other math classes. Shinsky grew up around the university since his father, Bill, served as a long-time coach, professor and athletic director. Paul Shinsky also graduated from the institution when it was known as Michigan Christian College.

What person has influenced you (or your career) the most?

“I had a favorite math teacher in high school and then Kenneth Franklin, here at MCC really helped me decide that I wanted to be a math teacher and coach. He was a great teacher and friend.”

When your not teaching, what other activities are you engaged in?

“ I used to do a lot of running, sailing and rode motorcycles. I have slowed down a bit. I enjoy playing the piano, singing, remodeling houses and church work.”

What advice would you give to students?

“Advice for students would be to strive to have a good balance of fun and studies. Be involved in school activities. Try new things”

What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?

“Teaching is not for everyone. It is not easy. But it can be very rewarding if you let it. It is a great way to be involved in student's lives. You can make a difference.”

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