By Mike Poiesz
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Pablo Echeverria, a math professor at Camden County College, received the 2012 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award for his diligence and devotion to the college.
The Lindback Award, which was established in 1998, is presented each year to a teacher based on the nominations of students and faculty and can only be received once. Echeverria was honored to have received the award, saying, “I am very appreciative that I was selected. CCC has given me so much, and now they have put me in a select group of people I respect so much: the previous recipients of the Lindback Award.”
Echeverria has been teaching for about 40 years, beginning his career as a professor for eight years at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Since CUA, he has taught at three other colleges, most recently, Camden County College. For almost 14 years, Echeverria has been working at CCC, teaching and working with students who share the same passion of mathematics he has. In 2003 he was promoted to being the Mathematics Department head but stepped down a year later because he would rather teach students.
Differential Equations, his favorite course to teach, is just one of the many classes he teaches. Echeverria offers what time he can, setting up office hours to help students struggling with his classes. Although he is not a tutor, Echeverria will give recommendations to those he believes can help others. He is also happy to know these students will be helped financially by the college
With the help of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Mathematics Chairman Joseph Diaco, Echeverria was able to teach eager students advanced mathematics that are not offered through the college. Diaco, who has worked with Echeverria for 11 years, said, “Professor Echeverria’s work ethic is beyond reproach. He continually goes above and beyond the call of duty, e.g., last summer and during the current semester we collaborated on free workshops covering advanced math topics for students who are so inclined. He taught the bulk of these courses purely out of love of math and students.”
Seeing the students he has taught share his passion and take up mathematics for its beauty, as well as seeing them succeed in the field, is Echeverria’s favorite part of being a professor.
Echeverria is swiftly moving toward retirement. When he is done at CCC, he hopes to travel with his wife and teach part-time at a local college.