Hortensia Soto-Johnson (a.k.a Tensia) was raised on a farm in Nebraska. She attended Chadron State College, the University of Arizona, and the University of Northern Colorado where she earned her PhD in educational mathematics. After spending a decade in Southern Colorado, she returned as a faculty member to the University of Northern Colorado. Her research centers on the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics and she has published over 25 articles related to assessment, outreach efforts, and the impact of technology in the mathematics classroom.
One of her favorite activities is serving as the project director of Las Chicas de Matemáticas: UNC Math Camp for Young Women. This is a one-week residential camp for mathematically talented high school girls. As part of the camp, the young women are introduced to college mathematics, to a sense of college life, and to women who have careers in STEM related fields.
As a Project NExT Fellow (blue dot, ’96), Hortensia quickly became an active and working member of the MAA. She served as governor of the Rocky Mountain Section and for Minority Interests. She has served on numerous MAA committees including the: Finance Strategic Working Group, Minicourse Committee, Web Policy and Procedures Committee, Jim Leitzel Lecture Series Committee, Professional Development Committee, Program Leadership Committee, and the Compensation Committee. She is also on the SIGMAA on RUME executive committee. In 2012, she was presented with the MAA Service Award for her contributions to the MAA.
In her little spare time, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, biking, and most recently has taken up painting. Spending time with her son Miguel, is the highlight of everyday.