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Meet some of the 2016 Mathematics TEU Undergraduate Interns

Catie Chun

Hi! My name's Catie and I'm a senior mathematics­physics combined major at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. I enjoy being outdoors, playing soccer, doing puzzles, and, of course, Keeping up with the Kardashians. Growing up in the swampy marshes of Silicon Valley, I was lucky to always have been taught that math was something more than just plugging and chugging. I decided to pursue mathematics in college to find the elegance and satisfaction that I was promised by my high school teachers. I'm happy to say that I've found that at Whitman. I recognize that I am extraordinarily privileged to have received such strong support and encouragement to pursue math and physics, especially through the times that I've struggled and failed. I believe that support and encouragement play a vital role in accessibility to STEM education, and I hope to utilize my unique perspective in providing equitable math education through a teaching career.

Oliver Meldrum

Oliver Meldrum is a second year mathematics major at Oberlin College. He is passionate about working to increase the quality of math education and learning by making math fun and conceptual for students. He also very interested cooperative living and spending time outdoors. He is planning on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and studying math in Budapest this coming year. He is currently applying what he learned during the TEU program to tech a math circle for local fifth graders.

Sarah Lewites

Sarah Lewites is a member of the class of 2018 at Wellesley College, where she is a math major and a secondary teaching certification candidate. Sarah is from Berkeley, California and often spends her summers teaching at an innovation­focused summer camp in the area. Sarah has studied math anxiety and given a talk at Wellesley's Tanner Conference about growth mindset and her experience with the TEU program. Sarah plans on teaching math at the high school level after graduation.

Victoria Zamarra

I am a junior at the College of the Holy Cross. I am a math major, education minor, and member of the Teacher Education Program at HC. On campus, I am part of the D1 Track and Field team, tutor through Academic Services, and am a TA for the math department. I have wanted to become a teacher since I was eight years old after having the most wonderful second grade teacher. I hope to teach high school math after graduation and share my love for the subject with my students. Being a part of this program has allowed me to gain valuable resources, teaching experience, and fantastic role models within the teaching community.