Ladera Barbee
Dept. Head & Professor, Math & Engineering

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It was being “bad” at math that resulted in my “loving” math! I grew up in a small farm town in Northern California. Pre-Algebra was not offered at my K-8 grade school, but I was still enrolled in Algebra 1 as a freshman. Lacking the proper prerequisite skills resulted in my struggles with that class. I wasn’t going to let math get the better of me, so I focused my efforts on conquering the subject. By the end of my freshman year, I had learned to love math!

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Math with an Emphasis in Computer Science from San Diego State.  A few years later, I received my Master ‘sDegree in Applied Math with an Emphasis in Statistics from CSU Long Beach. Summer 2017, I began working on a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Azusa Pacific University.  I’ve been teaching full-time at LBCC Fall 2000. 

I live in Long Beach, which I consider to be the best city in the country! I love to travel and enjoy reading.  I’ve been in a book club since 1997.  I’m married and have one son who is in a local elementary school.