Summer Camp Staff

2017 Summer Camp Staff

Ashley Ahlin

Ashley Ahlin, Camp Director, is the Outreach Coordinator for the MSU Mathematics Department. She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Chicago, and has taught at the University of Chicago, the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, and online for the Davidson Institute and the Art of Problem Solving. Locally, she started the East Lansing Elementary Math Circle in 2010, and the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival in 2011.


Rebecca Sodervick, Assistant Camp Director, is currently a second year PhD student in mathematics at the University of Michigan. In May 2015, she completed her bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Advanced at Michigan State University. Rebecca has worked as an outreach assistant with MSU summer math camps for the past three years.

Lisa Armstrong
Lisa Armstrong, Camp Instructor, has worked as an elementary school educator in the East Lansing Public Schools for the past 12 years.  She has taught first and third grades and is currently serving as an Instructional Coach.  This is her fifth year teaching Math Camp for the MSU Math Outreach Department.  Lisa is passionate about instilling an interest in mathematics in young children and planting in them the seeds of curiosity for further math study.  She welcomes the opportunity to expose children to mathematical concepts and activities that they may not experience in a traditional elementary classroom environment.
Karen Bonnell
Karen Bonnell, Camp Instructor, has a BA in Elementary Education from Wheaton College, IL. She has taught students in Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan. She is on the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival team and is involved in math enrichment in local schools. Currently she is a private tutor for elementary-aged students and lives with her husband and three children in East Lansing.


Jeff Burgess Jeff Burgess, Camp Instructor, has worked as a middle school and high school teacher in the East Lansing Public Schools for 10 years.  He taught middle school math for 6 years and is currently teaching algebra at East Lansing High School. He has a master's in mathematics from Missouri State University and has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education from Albion College. When not teaching Jeff enjoys coaching basketball and playing Legos and dinosaurs with his two sons. This is his first year teaching Math Camp for the MSU Math Outreach Department. 
Michael Gundlach

Michael Gundlach, Camp Instructor, is a second-year PhD student in Michigan State's math education doctorate program. He recently finished his master's in mathematics, and has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education from Brigham Young University (BYU). While at BYU, Michael was a proud member of the BYU marching band. He was a coach of a state-qualifying MathCounts team in Utah, and also taught high school mathematics for a year. Besides doing math, Michael enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy, running, swimming, and getting beat at racquetball by his wife. This is Michael's first year working with the "Play Math" camps.

Julie Haskell


Julie Haskell, Camp Instructor, earned her BA in Elementary Education and a ZA endorsement in Early Childhood Education from Western Michigan University. She has been teaching lower elementary students for eight years, and currently teaches in East Lansing Public Schools. She is passionate about teaching mathematics in a fun, hands-on way that brings enthusiasm and energy into learning. She strives to provide children with opportunities to participate in rich conversations about mathematical concepts, even with our youngest math learners. She is excited to help provide a unique and intriguing summer experience that will motivate children to “play” with math and participate in rich discussions about their discoveries.
Harold Reiter
Harold Reiter, Camp Instructor has taught mathematics for more than fifty-two years. He is a full professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he has won a wide array of state wide teaching awards.  In recent years, he has enjoyed teaching at many national summer math camps, including Epsilon, MathPath, and MathZoom. His favorite current activity is teaching fourth and fifth graders two days each week.
Jessica Stuart
Jessica Stuart, Camp Instructor, earned her B.S. in Mathematics, on the Advanced track, from MSU in 2015 and student taught at Everett High School in Lansing during the 2015-2016 school year to become certified to teach secondary math and chemistry. As an undergrad at MSU, she was very involved in the math outreach program, including co-leading the East Lansing Middle School Math Circle and assisting at the East Lansing Elementary School Math Circle, the Julia Robinson Math Festival, and math nights at East Lansing elementary schools. Jessica enjoys reading, traveling, watching HGTV, and all things sports (especially MSU!). This is her third year working with the "Play Math" summer math camps.
Luke Tunstall Luke Tunstall, Camp Instructor, is a second-year PhD student in mathematics education at Michigan State University. His research interests include quantitative literacy.. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from UNC Chapel-Hill and Appalachian State University, respectively. Luke has taught for Duke TiP's summer programs, and looks forward to building on those experiences to foster engaging afternoons of statistics this summer.  He has served as a volunteer coach of the MathCounts team at Macdonald Middle School in East Lansing for the past two years.  This is his second year teaching in the MSU "Play Math" Camps.