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Clifton VanArtsdalen

Associate Professor of Mathematics

College Supervisor for Student Teachers




Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 209: Principles and Structures of of Mathematics
  • EDUC 303: Mathematics: Climate, Curriculum, and Instruction



I received my B.S. in Mathematics Education from Shippensburg State College in 1977 and my

Master’s of Education in Education Administration from Western Maryland College in 1987.


I taught Grades 5-12 Mathematics in the Bermudian Springs School District from 1977-1989; Assistant Jr/Sr High School Principal, Fairfield School District from 1989-1991; Middle School Principal, Fairfield School District from 1991-1993; Middle School Principal, Bermudian Springs School District from 1993-2008 and Middle School Principal, Manheim Central School District from 2008-2011.


I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time with my family. My wife Denise (Griest) and I were married in 1982. We have three children: Crystal (29), Whitney (25), and Nevin (23.)


Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance.  The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

C. S. Lewis



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