Irene Paparizos is a senior Mathematics major from Willoughby, Ohio. Irene chose John Carroll “because of the University’s excellent programs in math and education.” Although her home is only a half-hour drive from JCU, Irene chose to live on campus. “It’s the best of both worlds,” she says. “You have the independence of being away from home, yet you can get home easily whenever you want.”

Irene is pursuing teaching licensure as part of her major in mathematics, and is currently student-teaching at Cleveland Heights High School, where she has responsibility for Algebra 2 and Precalculus classes. On campus, Irene is active in the JCU chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary society, and has been a presenter in JCU’s Celebration of Scholarship.

Among Irene’s favorite teachers at JCU are Dr. Barbara D’Ambrosia, who taught her linear algebra, and Dr. Tom Short, from whom she took Probability and Statistics. She says “their passion for math and dedication to helping their students are qualities that I hope to emulate in my own teaching career.”

Fluent in Greek, Irene has spent the past several summers in Greece, volunteering at a children’s daycare center, and visiting with extended family. After graduation Irene plans to begin her career as a high school math teacher in the Cleveland area.