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Shawna Bynum (She/Her)

Professor of Mathematics



BS in Mathematics from CSU Chico

MAT in Mathematics from UC Davis


My name is Shawna Bynum, you're welcome to call me Shawna, Professor Bynum, Mrs. B, whatever is most comfortable for you.

I have been teaching at Napa Valley College full time since 2003 (with the exception of a one year hiatus I took to teach up in Oregon, where I grew up).  I have served in many different roles on our campus and am currently the Coordinator for the Math Department.  So in addition to teaching classes, I also do all the administrative work to keep our department running.

I live in Napa with my husband, three kids (two boys and one transgirl), our two cats, two dogs, chickens, bees, and frequently a litter of foster kitten.  I grew up outside of a small town in Oregon, and although I absolutely love Napa it always amazes me I'm raising city kids!  So those of you who think of Napa as a small town, should keep in mind - it's all about perspective.

I have loved math ever since I was in fourth grade, when I decided I wanted to be a math teacher.  However, it hasn't always come easy for me!  I can relate first hand to how hard this material can be to learn and my goal in this class is to make it as accessible as possible for you.

I attended Chico State right after high school and got my Masters at UC Davis after taking two years off to work at SRJC (which is where I fell in love with the California Community College System).  

In my free time I love to play board games, do puzzles, camp and boat with my family, read frivolous fiction, and drink red wine with good friends.

Additional roles at NVC

Math Department Coordinator

Honors and Awards

2010 McPherson Distinguished Teacher Award


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