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Dr. Magdalena Caproiu: College Service

Dr. Magdalena Caproiu
College Service
Dr. Magdalena Caproiu
Professor, Math Learning
Specialist, AVC

Dr. Magdalena Caproiu doesn’t believe in retirement. That’s why at 83 years old she thinks nothing of putting in 13 or 14 hours a day as a math learning specialist at Antelope Valley College.

Magdalena’s long career in higher education started in 1951 in Communist Romania where she was forced to retire at age 55 as a professor of mechanical engineering at Polytechnic Institute Timisoara. Following the death of her husband she moved to the Antelope Valley, joining her daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters.

Fluent in other languages, Magdalena did not speak English, so she enrolled in English as a Second Language at AVC, where she earned first place in a writing contest. Within a year she got a job as a volunteer tutor in the Learning Center, then became a paid tutor. In 1993 she was hired as a part-time math instructor. Magdalena earned the titles Master Tutor and Supplemental Instruction Coordinator. In 2003, she was appointed full-time faculty as Math Learning Specialist. She is now a professor at AVC.

Magdalena developed new classes, and booklets for students, including Managing Math Anxiety, Math Study Strategies, Math for Nursing, Dosage Calculation for Nursing and Advanced Tutoring. She was for many years the Math Special Interest Group leader for the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and regional representative for Association of California Tutoring and Learning Assistance (ACTLA). She is a member of the National Association of Developmental Education. Magdalena presented papers for professional development activities at AVC and also for ACTLA and CRLA
conferences, including the Oxford Round Table in the U.K. and the University of Mauritius in Africa. She is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, where she has presented many papers at international conferences.

She was named AVC’s Outstanding Adjunct Faculty in 1997 and AVC’s Scholar in Residence for the 2006-07 school year, received the Distinguished Teaching Award from CRLA, and the Most Inspirational Instructor AVC ASO award. Magdalena is a member of President’s Circle at AVC and is a donor for
the Dr. Magdalena Caproiu Scholarship of Excellence (Osher). Working with a team, Magdalena received the International Certification for the Antelope Valley College Learning Center,
Lancaster and Palmdale campuses, levels I, II and III of tutoring. The program was listed by CRLA as exemplary.

Magdalena’s credo follows Benjamin Bloom’s words: “Education is an exercise of Optimism.” She says she plans to continue teaching and serving students indefinitely.

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