Tarik Buli graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with her bachelor’s degree in philosophy. She then taught 6th grade math in Louisville, KY. As she was teaching, she was earning her master’s in teaching middle school math and serving as the Beta Club Co-Sponsor and a New Teacher Mentor. Her research interests center around the experiences of African American students in mathematics environments.
Veronica Carlan earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia and her master’s degree in mathematics and statistics from Georgetown University. She was then a data scientist before switching to teach at community college. Most recently she developed and taught online data analysis courses. Veronica’s research interests center around adult online education, particularly in data-centered courses.
Kellyn Farlow-Morris has a bachelor's and a master's degree in Mathematics Education from Brigham Young University. Prior to attending UMD, she was an active participant in an ongoing research community doing research in mathematics education. During this time Kellyn worked on three different projects involving pre-service and in-service elementary school teachers and undergraduate students majoring in Dance. Her thesis research was based on data from an experimental teaching project with dance students. These students were invited, through real-world problem tasks that raised central conceptual issues, to invent major ideas of calculus. The focus of Kellyn's research was on the work and the thinking of the students, as they sought to build key ideas, representations, and compelling lines of reasoning. Kellyn is still highly interested in student thinking, especially student proof development and representational use. She has continued to be a part of similar work here at UMD in both the Case Studies and Necessity Project research groups.
Matt Griffin's primary research interests are urban education, teachers' mathematical knowledge and mathematics education policy. He is also interested in the use of technology in mathematics education and students' learning of geometry. Before arriving at UMD, Matt taught secondary mathematics for four years and, prior to that, worked in the actuarial industry for over a decade.
Josh Himmelsbach earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard, and taught middle and high school mathematics for five years in Rockville, MD. He then returned to school and earned a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Maryland. While teaching as a graduate student he became interested in undergraduate mathematics and teacher prep curriculum. Josh is currently a full-time faculty member in the department of mathematics at the Catholic University of America.
Kelly Ivy completed her undergraduate degree in Mathematics with a professional minor in Secondary Education at Howard University. She taught high school mathematics in DC Public Schools for 3 1/2 years then decided to take a break from teaching to pursue graduate studies. She worked at Trinity Washington University for 3 years while obtaining a Master's degree in Education with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction. Kelly's research interests include meaningful professional development for elementary school teachers in culturally responsive mathematics pedagogy.
Kristyn Lue is originally from the west coast, where she graduated from UC Berkeley with her degree in applied mathematics and her teaching credential. She moved out to Maryland to obtain her master's degree in higher education at UMD. She has worked in various educational settings and roles over the past few years while studying full-time. She is particularly interested in the STEM identity development of underrepresented students of color through the P-20 pipeline."