2018 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.

Molade Osibodu

Molade Osibodu, Assistant Camp Director, is currently a third year PhD student in mathematics education at Michigan State University. She taught A-Level mathematics to a diverse group of students in Johannesburg, South Africa for five years prior to graduate school. Molade is excited about her first year working with the summer camps and ensuring a safe and enriching experience for all the students.

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.


Tracy Fleming

Tracy Fleming has taught middle school math in the Okemos Public Schools for 16 years.  Classes taught range from seventh grade math to Geometry and everything in between.  Tracy is passionate about developing problem solvers and confidence in students with regard to math. She is excited to be working with MSU summer math camps for the first time. 

Marian Murembya

Marian Murembya, Camp Instructor, loves math.  She became a classroom teacher because she strived to instill her love of learning mathematics and seeing its connections to the world to as many children as possible. Mrs. Murembya has been teaching math in Okemos since 1991, having taught fifth through eighth grade mathematics during that time. She’s also the Kinawa math chair and founded and runs the Kinawa-Chippewa math circle which has met weekly since 2010. She is looking forward to her first summer teaching math in the MSU Math Camp program.

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.
Portrait of Kristen Hendricks Kristen Hendricks, Topology Camp Instructor, is an assistant professor at MSU. A Michigan native, she earned her PhD in mathematics at Columbia in 2013 and came to MSU in Fall 2016 after postdoctoral work at UCLA.  She is a recipient of the NSF's prestigious CAREER grant, which is providing funding for the Girls Topology Camp.

Meaghan Keating, Camp Assistant, just earned her BA in Mathematics with a minor in Psychology from Michigan State University. She is in the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program, and will be completing her post-graduate student teaching internship next school year in Grand Rapids at City High. Meaghan is passionate about teaching students to embrace a growth mindset about math and to be excited and motivated to learn math. She is thrilled for her first summer teaching math in the MSU summer math camps.