Party On: Community Service Through Education


Ben Smith, Cactus Writer

Walking into Stacie’s Kyhn’s office is an adventure through time. The walls are decorated with face clocks from her several decades of education: many of them Minion clocks from Despicable Me.

Anyone who knows Professor Kyhn knows that is no joke; her desk is lined with Minion figures, and it is truly a special day if you can’t see any kind of Minion memorabilia on her.

In her office are also several posters, some displaying her Trekkie pride, some math jokes, and even one displaying Sue Sylvester, a popular character from the American TV show Glee.

It is said that to teach is to serve. Service deserves to be recognized and applauded. Stacie Kyhn, Professor of Mathematics at Central Arizona College, exemplifies that kind of service through education.

“I’ve been in Apache Junction since 1979; I’ve seen it grow and develop constantly. I’ve devoted myself to this community because I grew with it,” Professor Kyhn says when asked why she’s spent her very notable career in a town many see as a buffer between Pinal and Maricopa counties.

Professor Kyhn may not have the most serious or severe of dispositions, but her actions speak louder than her words.

“I teach six different courses this semester, ranging from Math 141 to 202, taught with every course module CAC offers. I advise Phi Theta Kappa here at SMC and serve on the Curriculum Committee for the Math Division.” Being proud of her college, she is also proud of the place she has found within it.

Prior to working at SMC, Professor Kyhn was a Mathematics teacher at Apache Junction High School, the closest high school to the college where she also graduated from. Throughout her career, Kyhn has shown dedication to and care for this community, her community.

When asked about that quite unique career path, she has a few things to say about the differences in teaching at a high school versus a community college. “College offers faculty much more freedom in curriculum, and also allows a buffer between the instructor and student, as they don’t have to see each other every single day. That added freedom and discretion made the transition feel quite natural and valued.”

In conclusion, Stacie Kyhn has one final message for the Central Arizona College community: “Party On.”