Mathematics Department Faculty - School of Health, Math and Sciences

John Pantano
Assistant Professor - Department Chair
B.S. Mathematics and Physics from University of Michigan
M.Ed. Mathematics Education from University of Toledo

John Pantano has taught mathematics, statistics, and computer information systems at Siena Heights University and Santa Fe Community College for 18+ years. Helping students to achieve their academic goals has always been John's goal. Besides teaching, John has worked as a statistician since 1982 including 14 years as a workforce analyst and statistician at LANL. He was at SFCC from 1985-2000 and 2013 to the present.

John's other interests include tennis and music (singing and playing). There is a beauty in the patterns of both music and mathematics.

Paul Jacobs
B.A., Mathematics, Rutgers University

M.A., Health Sciences, University of Northern Colorado

Paul Jacobs has been teaching math at SFCC since August 2006 when he and his wife moved to Santa Fe He has taught for the Department of Defense School overseas in Yokohama, Japan, the Philippines, and Stuttgart, Germany. Paul was also a program director for the Department of Social Services and financial analyst for the Health Department while living in Colorado.

Outside of the classroom, Paul enjoys the great outdoors of New Mexico. He is an avid skier, bicyclist, and hiker.

Colleen Lynch
Professor of Mathematics and department co-chair
B.A., Religious Studies, College of William and Mary
M.A., Liberal Education, St. John’s College

Colleen Lynch has been teaching and tutoring math at SFCC full- or part-time since 1997. She directed the SFCC’s Tutoring Center from 1998 to 2004. She also has taught at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. When not teaching, Colleen enjoys reading, hiking, and working in her garden.

Debra Madrid-Doyle
B.S., Mathematics, Eastern New Mexico University
M.S., California State University

Debra Madrid-Doyle has taught for SFCC for more than 25 years. She has also taught for the University of New Mexico, and worked as a systems analyst for Hughes Aircraft. Debra enjoys the outdoors (when it's warm) and her hobbies include golfing, snorkeling and swimming. Debra and her husband Mike enjoy watching movies, as her son JJ is a producer in the film industry.

Tracy Roberts
Assistant Professor
B.S. Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.Ed. Mathematics Education, University of Massachusetts
MFA Creative Writing

Tracy Roberts has taught math, computer applications, English as a second language (during the five years she lived in France), writing and literature for over twenty-five years. She loves to learn and fostering that love in students is one of her goals. She particularly enjoys teaching math, because helping students who “have never been good at math” succeed is a special pleasure.

In 2013 Tracy moved to Santa Fe from Connecticut, where she taught at University of New Haven, as well as Quinnipiac University. Art and nature are her two great passions. She writes poetry, paints, watches movies, reads, gardens, swims, hikes and kayaks. She and her golden retriever, Floyd, are glad they made the big move.

Robert Shankin
B.S., Secondary Education, Central Michigan University
M.S., Applied Mathematics, Michigan State University

Robert Shankin taught mathematics and computer science at the University of Houston Downtown for 10 years and has been teaching mathematics at SFCC since 2000. Robert's love of the outdoors led him to New Mexico when his wife was pregnant with their first child; they now have two boys.

Robert's interest is in the communication of mathematics. He has had extensive training in alternative styles of mathematics education, and enjoys conducting each class as an ongoing experiment in teaching effectiveness.


For more information, please contact The School of Health, Math and Sciences, 505-428-1323,

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