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Zabcik: A Life Sweeter Than Pi

Zabcik: A Life Sweeter Than Pi

Shelby Durham

Emily Zabcik helps Nic Marshall understand a math problem.

To most people who roam the Panola College campus, Emily Zabcik may seem like just a normal math professor, but what a lot of teachers and students don’t know is that she is far from just average.

“During high school and college, math was the only subject I seemed to get and do well at,” Zabcik said.

She teaches Calculus 2, college algebra, contemporary math, and math for elementary teachers 1 and 2.

Being that math was her best subject, she began to tutor students for extra income, and ended up pursuing a degree in math at UT Tyler.

“I like to help students ‘get it’ maybe for the first time,” Zabcik said. “I want to help students feel successful in a subject that many struggle with.”

Outside of her job at school, Zabcik is also a mother to a one year old, Jaclyn, and wife to John Henry Zabcik. She leads a women’s Bible study at Stillwaters Cowboy Church, where her family holds a membership.

“I love the Lord, and want to love His people,” Zabcik said. “We try to live a life of ministry whether at work or out in the community.”

Emily and her family stay busy between work and church.

“Among all this, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, and cooking,” Zabcik said. “Many days our house is an open door, with people coming and going, but I love every minute of our crazy hectic lives.”

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