Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Ping Charlene Tintera

An Outstanding Islander

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Walking the Line
Not a day goes by that Dr. Ping Charlene Tintera doesn’t consider shortcuts and strategies to solve equations during everyday activities. The math instructor and freshman advisor for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a Pingtung, Taiwan, native. Tintera specializes in algebra, leads the campus Math Club, and recruits students to major and minor in math. Prior to joining the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty in 1994, Tintera taught at Texas A&M-Kingsville. In 2009, she received two Teaching Excellence Awards (in the top 5 percent) from The Texas A&M University System. She has helped prepare Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students for the Calculus Bowl, where they took first place in 2005, and has shared strategies for acing “tic-tac-toe” with her calculus students. Off campus, Tintera engages her mathematics background to build new experiences and determine winning patterns. She promotes chess activities and makes connections to mathematical problem solving. Growing up, Tintera often played Chinese checkers. For the last 10 years, Tintera has volunteered as a U.S. Chess Federation certified tournament director for the Optimist Coastal Bend Chess Federation, taking children to competitions across Texas where they have the chance to win scholarships. She is a board member for the non-profit organization, Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas that promotes K-16 gifted and talented kids in music. Recently, she accompanied around 60 students to perform at a recital in Carnegie Hall, N.Y., with the president of the society, Nina Drath. In 2003 Tintera earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She was mentored by Dr. Richard Ricard and hopes to follow in his footsteps as a positive student role model. Last year she wrote the publication “The Facilitative Role of Graphing Calculators in Learning Col. Algebra: An Analysis of Adult Learner’s Learning Style and Self-Efficacy in Mathematics.” She is working on her second book for release in 2011. She is married to Dr. George Tintera, department chair and associate professor of mathematics.

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