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2019 Summer Camp Staff

Ashley Ahlin

Ashley Ahlin, Camp Director, is the K-12 Outreach Coordinator for the MSU Mathematics Department. She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from 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.  She has been running the MSU Play Math Camps since they begin in 2013

Lisa Armstrong
Lisa Armstrong, Camp Instructor, has worked as an elementary school educator in the East Lansing Public Schools for the past 13 years.  She has taught first and third grades and is currently serving as an Instructional Coach.  This is her sixth 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.
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 returning for her second year with the girls' Topology camp.

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 nine 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.
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Amit Sharma, Camp Instructor is pursuing his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education from MSU. His research focuses on 'joy of learning' and he is especially interested in 'Aha! moments' during mathematical problem-solving and non-formal learning. Amit completed his undergraduate in math, statistics, and economics and MBA in Human Resources from India, before switching to the education and development sector. He has over 10 years of experience in the education sector- as an elementary teacher, curriculum maker, professional development facilitator and founder of an educational not-for-profit. At MSU, he is involved with Connected Mathematics Project as a research assistant and also teaches the elementary math methods courses to pre-service teachers.

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.
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Jason Kenny, Camp Assistant is a second-year undergraduate student here at MSU studying math and physics. He hopes to continue with school beyond MSU to become a research scientist or statistician. This is Jason’s first year working with the math camp and he couldn’t be more excited!







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