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Deborah "Debbie" Rivers

Professor: Mathematics

Building: 61-1624
(909) 274-4729

BSCalifornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona
MA — California State University, Fullerton

Deborah "Debbie" Rivers

After completing my general education course work at Mt. SAC, I transferred to Cal Poly Pomona where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics in 1987.  I went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Cal State Fullerton in 1992.

I began my career by teaching part-time at Cal Poly Pomona and Mt. SAC from 1987-1992.  In 1992, I was hired as a full-time professor at Mt. SAC.  While working on my undergraduate degree, I was a grader, a tutor, and math secretary at Cal Poly.  My first experience teaching math was in the 1987 Summer Bridge Program at Cal Poly where I taught an all-female class of first-generation college students.  From there, I went on to become a Teaching Assistant and adjunct professor.   I have always enjoyed math and am so glad I chose this career.  I look forward to meeting a new group of students each semester who all come to class with their unique backgrounds.  To watch students mature mathematically from where they start the course to where they finish is incredibly rewarding.

I was the Department Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department from 1997-2008, but my love for teaching has taken me back into the classroom.


I would like to give you a small glimpse of my online class structure, so that you know what to expect in my class.


In my Spring 2021, I am teaching Math 71 + Math 7. Students taking my Math 71 will also need to register for Math 7 which is a corequisite support course. We will be using Canvas for both Math 71 + Math 7. My class is synchronous, which means we will meet on Zoom for live face-to-face meetings Mondays and Wednesdays. A working webcam is required. You are expected to participate during Zoom lectures via Zoom chat, speaking, and while in breakout rooms. Lecture recordings will not be posted. Blank lecture notes will be posted for more difficult sections. A physical copy of the textbook is not required, but you will need access to a textbook/e-book in order to complete assigned homework. Homework assignments will be in the form of worksheets and textbook problems. Homework assignments will generally be due on Fridays and Sundays. All exams will be in the form of PDF uploads. Exams will be taken during scheduled class time on Zoom.


The following is a list of materials for this course:

Reliable Internet Connection: Required

Writing Utensils: Required

Printer: Strongly Recommended

Paper (Printer or Lined): Required

Webcam: Required

Scientific Calculator: Required

Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone: Required

Built-in or External Microphone: Required

Scanner or Free Scanning App: Required

Laptop Loans Program and Other Resources:


My office hours will be held on Zoom, Canvas chat, and Canvas inbox. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about my courses. I look forward to meeting everyone and working with you spring 2021.

Current Class Schedule:
Name Course ID Title CRN Units Days Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Building / Room
Rivers, Deborah MATH 130 College Algebra 22795 4 MW 08/24/2020 12/13/2020 07:30AM 09:35AM ONLINE
Rivers, Deborah MATH 130 College Algebra 22799 4 MW 08/24/2020 12/13/2020 09:45AM 11:50AM ONLINE
Rivers, Deborah MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 22844 5 TR 08/24/2020 12/13/2020 07:00AM 09:35AM ONLINE