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2020 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

 
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Christopher Potvin is a graduate student in the Mathematics department at MSU. Before this, he was at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and Bridgewater College in Virginia. He has recently married, and, in fact, met his wife while working at a summer camp. A little further back, he thrice competed in his local Math Counts' Chapter Competition, experience he hopes to channel during his work with MSU Math Camps this summer. In his spare time, he likes to listen to music and play disc sports and video games. 

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Reshma Menon, Camp Instructor has recently earned her PhD in mathematics from MSU. She was formerly a lecturer of mathematics to engineering students in India. She loves sharing her joy of mathematics through teaching at the university and various outreach activities. At MSU, she has taught many different courses, including elementary mathematics education courses for preservice teachers, and she is excited about her first math summer camp. Outside mathematics, Reshma enjoys cooking Indian food, crocheting large blankets, and cuddling with her cats.

Karen Bonnell
Karen Bonnell, Camp Instructor, Math Explorers, 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.
 
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Kellie Stilson, Camp Instructor, graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Advanced Mathematics, with minors in physics and music. After earning her teaching certificate in 2016, Ms. Stilson moved to Illinois where she earned her Masters in Mathematics at Aurora University (2019) and taught high school math in South Elgin and Yorkville. Ms. Stilson has experience teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Honors Pre-Calculus, Introductory Statistics, and Dual Credit College Math and Basic Statistics. This past year, Ms. Stilson also developed curriculum for a new project-based math course called Quantitative Literacy, focusing on real life applications of mathematics. In her free time, Ms. Stilson enjoys taking care of her cats, reading, and eating good food!

Julie Haskell
Julie Haskell, Camp Instructor, Geometry, 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, Camp Logic 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.

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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!