I grew up in Meridian, Idaho having spent my youth as a dedicated Girl Scout and student. I graduated from the University of Idaho (in Moscow, Idaho) with Biological Systems Engineering and Mathematics Degrees. From UI I went to the University of California, Davis (near Sacramento) to complete a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. My research focused on computational mathematical biology and numerical analysis.
From Davis, I made my way to San Francisco State University as a Program Director of Outreach and Student Success. In this position, I was the Director of the San Francisco Math Circle, the Co-Director of the SFSU (CM)^2 NSF GK12 program, and the Co-Director of the Bay Area Circle for Teachers. In addition, I had the opportunity to be involved with Math Circles, Bridge to Engineering Pathways (B2E), Adventures in Precalculus!, and various professional development efforts.
In 2015 I began working at Central Washington University as a tenure track assistant professor. My current interests include supporting my students’ mathematical exploration, supporting the growth of Math Circles, and broader national research on the impact of Math Circles. I am currently the director of the Kittitas Valley Math Circle and the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Math Circles, https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/mathcirclesjournal/