Retired SNC math professor continues to fuel his passion

He began to tutor high school and college students... virtually, once the pandemic hit.
Published: Mar. 28, 2022 at 7:59 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - John Frohliger absolutely loved his 34 year career as a St. Norbert College mathematics professor.

“Oh I loved teaching, nothing could be more enjoyable for me than talking with some student who wanted to talk math,” Frohliger explained.

But when he retired in 2017, Frohliger became a little worried... how in the world would he be able to feed his passion?

“There aren’t that many people that you just run across that want to talk math and I thought, well what can I do.”

Within a year Frohliger was tutoring high school and college students--with one stipulation.

“If I got paid it would not be fun.”

At first, Frohliger would meet students at a coffee shop. Once the pandemic arrived, he went virtual, which proved to be a blessing because he could tutor more students.

“Ok, I see a student for an hour, there’s a 15 minute break, and then I see another student, and since I’m online I don’t have to go anywhere and they can be anywhere, I’ve got one student in Chicago and I just picked one up in Texas.”

Most of his students are local, like Mya who attends St. Norbert.

She’s one of 14 students Frohliger works with every Thursday and Sunday to help better understand calculus, pre-calculus and linear algebra.

Frohliger’s approach during his sessions is simply to help guide.

“I don’t want to say this is what you do, I want them to develop as far as possible and I’m here kind of like an experienced guide, I’ve been here before so maybe try this.”

When it comes to how long Frohliger plans to have his hands in tutoring... well, there’s no end in sight.

“Until I can’t.”

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