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2014 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 18 years, specializing in mathematics education, educational equity, and teacher education. Dr. Wiest serves on the Advisory Board of the national organization Women and Mathematics Education. She founded the Northern Nevada Girls Math & Technology Program in 1998, for which she won the Nevada Chapter of the American Association of University Women's Sarah Winnemucca Award in 2000 and the Outstanding Outreach Award at the UNR College of Education in 2012. For her work with gender in education, especially in relation to mathematics, Dr. Wiest was selected to be among the Nevada Women's Fund's Women of Achievement honorees in 2006, and she received the national-level Karen Dee Michalowicz Award in 2013.

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-Ferre is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in mathematics education and educational equity. She has worked for the Girls Math & Technology Program in various roles since 2007. She teaches elementary school in the Washoe County School District and is in her thirteenth 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 been a teacher for six years and currently teaches kindergarten and grades 3-8 mathematics courses. This is her eighth year working with the Girls Math & Technology Program.

Year 1 Instructors

Erin Craig graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education, in 2006 with a Master of Education degree in elementary education with an emphasis in literacy studies, and in 2014 with a Master of Science degree in elementary education with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Ms. Craig taught fifth grade at Diedrichsen Elementary School for three years and has been teaching sixth-grade math, science, and technology at Kendyl Depoali Middle School for the past five years.

Haley Snyder has been a teacher for five years and has taught kindergarten, fifth grade, sixth grade, and intervention strategies as a K-6 intervention specialist. This fall will be her second year in the Washoe County School District, where she will teach kindergarten at Dorothy Lemelson STEM Academy. Ms. Snyder received her bachelor's degree in elementary education and her master's degree in elementary education with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Amy Taylor has taught in the Washoe County School District for 12 years, rotating among grades 4, 5, and 6. She began at Agnes Risley Elementary and moved to Sierra Vista Elementary six years ago. For the past three years, she has taught at Clayton Pre AP Academy. She teaches sixth-grade science and sixth-grade math and 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

Nicole Chavez is an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno. She will graduate next spring with a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a specialization in English as a Second Language. She currently works at Judy's Kidz Klub, a before- and after-school program and summer camp. 

Baylee Hearns, who is originally from Southern Oregon, is currently a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno. She will graduate in the fall of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a specialization in English as a Second Language. She is also working towards a minor in Spanish. For the past four years she competed as a student athlete for the UNR Track & Field team.

Year 2 Instructors

April Doerr earned a bachelor's degree with High Distinction in mathematics education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005. She earned her Master of Education degree at UNR in 2011, specializing in mathematics education and educational equity. Ms. Doerr has taught mathematics for seven years at the middle and high school levels. Most recently, she has been teaching mathematics at Truckee Meadows Community College High School in Reno.

Misha Miller taught elementary and middle school mathematics for 14 years in Washoe County School District (WCSD) before taking the position of program specialist in the WCSD 21st Century Learning Division in November of 2012. In 2010, she received Northern Nevada's Outstanding Mathematics Educator Award. Ms. Miller is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the International Society for Technology in Education. She also serves as Co-President of Northern Nevada Mathematics Council.

Year 2 Instructional Assistants

Brittany Herrera attends California State University Long Beach, where she is in the Multiple Subject Teaching Program. In December 2013, she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University Dominguez Hills. In the past, she has worked at a music summer camp for three summers. She currently works for the AVID Program at Palos Verdes High School, serving as a math and English tutor. She has worked for this program for the past five years. Ms. Herrera plans to become an elementary school teacher in the near future.

Blanca Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education in mathematics in 2013 at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she is currently working on her Master of Science degree in Equity and Diversity in Education. She has just completed her first year of teaching at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School teaching geometry and statistics. During her college years she tutored middle and high school students in mathematics and served as an SAT Preparatory Instructor for the Washoe County School District. 

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. 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 is a former 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

Megan Tibbals has over 10 years of experience in the mining industry. She is currently the Superintendent of Process Operations for Newmont's Carlin Operations near Elko, NV, where she oversees safe production in two refractory mills and three heap leach facilities. She obtained a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her experience covers a broad range of working areas, including environmental, projects, and metallurgy. She has had the opportunity to work in many different roles, including engineer, general foreman, and chief metallurgist. Megan is also active in organizations both in the mining community and the community of Elko, where she calls home. This involvement includes currently holding the position of President of the Women in Mining Nevada chapter.  

Volunteers

Year 2

Brooke Covington recently completed her freshman year at Reed High School. While there, she fulfilled her first year of the H.O.P.E. Academy (Health Occupation Preparatory Education) in addition to advanced placement classes. She was a member of the Reed High School Volleyball Team, which won 20 out of 22 games. In the off season, she plays for the Northern Nevada Juniors Volleyball League in the Northern California Division. She hopes to be accepted on a volleyball scholarship to Texas A&M or Penn State where she will work toward obtaining a Bachelor's degree. Thereafter, she will apply to medical school at UC Davis, Oxford University, UCLA, and Université Pierre et Marie Curie in France. Brooke is studying French and plans to speak the language fluently by her senior year in high school in order to open more opportunities to study abroad. Brooke attended the math camp as a participant for two years in 2011 and 2012 and is excited to serve her second year as a staff volunteer.

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