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2012 Girls Math & Technology Camp Staff

Program Director

Lynda Wiest taught elementary and middle school students for 11 years in Pennsylvania before earning a Ph.D. in education at Indiana University in 1996. She has been a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) for 16 years, specializing in mathematics education, educational equity, and teacher education. Dr. Wiest is a member of numerous professional organizations, such as the Advisory Board of the national organization Women and Mathematics Education. Dr. Wiest founded the Girls Math & Technology Program in 1998, for which she won the Nevada Chapter of the American Association of University Women's 2000 Sarah Winnemucca Award. In 2006 Dr. Wiest was selected to be among the Nevada Women's Fund's Women of Achievement honorees.

Assistant Program Directors

Heather Crawford graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006 with a dual major in elementary and special education and in 2009 with a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in mathematics education. Ms. Crawford is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in mathematics education and educational equity. She has been a Program Assistant for the Girls Math & Technology Program for three years and is currently a graduate teaching assistant for the UNR College of Education. Heather currently teaches in the Washoe County School District and is in her eleventh year serving as a math tutor for students in grades K-9.

Stephanie Vega graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education and in 2010 with a master's degree in education with an emphasis in multicultural education. Ms. Vega is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at UNR with a focus on mathematics education and educational equity. She has taught kindergarten, first grade, and special education in grades K-11. This is her sixth year working with the Girls Math & Technology Program.

Year 1 Instructors

Claudia Bertolone-Smith has been a teacher for 20 years. She has taught grades one through six and is currently teaching sixth grade in Douglas County. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Oregon. Ms. Bertolone-Smith has a master's degree in mathematics education from Walden University and is currently a doctoral student in mathematics education at UNR.

Amy Taylor has taught in the Washoe County School District for 10 years, rotating among grades 4, 5, and 6. She began at Agnes Risley Elementary and moved to Sierra Vista Elementary five years ago. This year, she moved to Clayton Middle School, which has been deemed an AP Academy. She teaches sixth-grade science, sixth-grade math, and sixth-grade pre-algebra. She has earned "highly qualified" status in mathematics teaching through eighth grade. Ms. Taylor graduated from UNR with a master's degree in elementary education in 2003.

Year 1 Instructional Assistants

Taylor Aichroth is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she will graduate next spring with a degree in special education and elementary education. She volunteered for four years at the R.A.V.E. (Respite and Volunteer Experiences) Program and is currently completing her second year with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program of Northern Nevada. Next year Ms. Aichroth will be President of the University of Nevada Education Association, in which she has been an active member for the past three years. She is also an active participant in the Nevada Education Association Student Program.

Lynn Wagener is a University of Nevada, Reno graduate with a double bachelor's degree in psychology, with an emphasis in gerontology and gender equity, and anthropology, with a focus in cultural medical anthropology and diversity. She has always made children and education a priority, having been a mathematics and reading tutor for elementary school children since 2003. Ms. Wagener served as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for the UNR Anthropology Department for two years. She has also volunteered at the RAVE Family Center for two years and is taking part in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for the third year in a row. This is her second year working with the Girls Math & Technology Program.

Year 2 Instructors

April Doerr graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005 with High Distinction in mathematics education. She earned her Master of Education degree at UNR in 2011, specializing in mathematics education and educational equity. Ms. Doerr taught mathematics at Fernley High School for three and one-half years, and served as a graduation coach at Fernley High School for one year. Most recently, she has been teaching mathematics at Clayton Middle School.

Misha Miller has taught elementary and middle school students for the past 13 years, the most recent 11 at Clayton Middle School in the Washoe County School District. This past year she assumed the role of Data and Educational Technology Coach for her school. Ms. Miller is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the International Society for Technology in Education. She also serves as Co-President on the Executive Board of the Northern Nevada Mathematics Council and is an affiliate representative at the California Mathematics Council-North meetings.

Year 2 Instructional Assistants

Christine Hanzlik-Wilcox graduated from the College of Idaho in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in educational studies. She recently completed her master's degree in education with a focus on mathematics education and educational equity at the University of Nevada, Reno. Ms. Hanzlik-Wilcox taught sixth- through eighth-grade math for five years in Nampa, Idaho and has spent the past two years teaching seventh- and eighth-grade math for the Washoe County School District. This is her second year working with the Girls Math & Technology Program.

Jafeth Sanchez graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education with an emphasis in mathematics. She completed a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership in 2007 with an emphasis in principalship, as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in 2010 with an emphasis in higher education administration. She is in her fifth year of serving as the Graduate Record Exam instructor in mathematics for the McNair Scholars Program at UNR. This year, she completed her second year as a math teacher at Hug High School, and she was selected as Northern Nevada Math Teacher of the Year by the Northern Nevada Math Council. She is now pursuing the position of postdoctoral researcher at the UNR College of Education. This is her fifth year working with the Girls Math & Technology Camp.

Years 1 and 2 Computer Instructor

Jenny Salls taught high school mathematics for 33 years before moving to the GT Magnet at Clayton Middle School this year. She was Mathematics Consultant for the Nevada Department of Education for one year and Mathematics Program Coordinator for Washoe County School District for nine years. Dr. Salls recently completed a three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and the Nevada Math Council¹s Dedicated Service Award. She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006.

Guest Speaker

Kathy Steele is the Chief Engineer at Newmont Mining Corporation's Phoenix Mine outside Battle Mountain, Nevada. She earned her bachelor's degree in mine engineering with a minor in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines in 1989. During her 23 years in the mining industry, she has worked in many areas of mine operations, including chief surveyor, production mine foreman, and engineering.

Volunteers

Year 1

Marie Godla graduated in 2011 from Harvey Mudd College with a degree in engineering. Ms. Godla spent the past year as a Whitaker Fellow doing bone biomechanics and tissue engineering research at ETH Zürich in Switzerland. She will begin a Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University this fall.

Year 2

M. Maggie Bockius is a fifth-grade teacher at Glenshire Elementary in Truckee, California. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Vermont and a teaching credential from Sierra Nevada College. Ms. Bockius is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She coordinates the math intervention program at Glenshire Elementary, where she has taught for the past 13 years.

Radhika Siddharthan graduated with honors from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008 with a degree in biochemistry and recently earned a master's degree in the biomedical sciences from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). She worked for two years as a tutor for a non-profit supplemental educational service for at-risk schools, serving as manager the second year, and was a private tutor for high school math and science. Ms. Siddharthan is currently pursuing a second master's degree in health care administration at RFUMS. She attended the Girls Math & Technology Camp as a camper during the program's first year in 1998.

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