Associate Professor Michelle Manes in the Department of Mathematics believes the teaching of mathematics can develop persistence and determination with the problem-solving process through collaboration, partial progress, incremental success and revisions. She feels strongly that her students gain confidence in their mathematical abilities through animated, engaging problems rather than skill drills. Manes inspires and assists graduate students who describe her as having an immense impact on their careers as they journey on their paths toward becoming educators. She extends her teaching beyond the campus through collaboration with another Mānoa colleague on projects and grants to support K-12 mathematics education, including the development of an electronic mathematics textbook. These efforts have created a trajectory for high school graduates who are better prepared for their academic journeys at UH Mānoa.