Lewis Buterakos

Associate Professor of Mathematics; Chair, Department of Mathematics

Education

Ph.D. in Mathematics, Virginia Tech, ‘03
M.S. in Mathematics, Virginia Tech, ‘93
M.S. in Geology, Virginia Tech, ‘90
B.S. in Geology, Virginia Tech, ‘87

Bio

Dr. Buterakos came to Bluefield College in 2002.  Prior to joining the faculty at BC, he held the position of Instructor of Mathematics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1997-2002.  Dr. Buterakos has always embraced an interdisciplinary approach to the Sciences, which eventually led him to complete a Doctorate in Mathematics in 2003.  He also possesses teaching credentials in the physical sciences and is currently working towards obtaining teaching credentials in physics.  Dr. Buterakos currently holds the position of Department Head of Mathematics and serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative to the NAIA, in which capacity he is responsible for ensuring that all athletes are eligible in accordance with the rules and regulations of the NAIA prior to representing BC in competition.  He teaches or has taught courses in College Algebra, Mathematics of Finance, Statistics, Precalculus, Multivariable and Vector Calculus, Differential Equations, Abstract Algebra, Elementary Real Analysis, Numerical Analysis, and Physical Science. 

Sandra Elswick

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Education

M.Ed., Virginia Tech, 1972
B.S., Virginia Tech, 1969

Bio

Mrs. Elswick originally joined the Bluefield College family in 1969 and taught from 1969 to 1980. She returned to BC in 1991 and continues to teach in the Math Department as an Assistant Professor. Mrs. Elswick has spent her teaching career at Bluefield College. The years 1980 to 1991 were primarily focused on family life. During that time, she also served as a substitute teacher, created mini-lessons for the children in Dudley Primary School’s gifted program, tutored reading at Graham Intermediate School, taught part-time at National Business College, and volunteered for various school and church groups. Mrs. Elswick uses as her guide for teaching the belief that all students can learn and enjoy math if presented with an understanding of the material and guidance as they proceed.