Leadership Team

Dr. Angela Antonou is a mathematics professor at University of St. Francis. Dr. Antonou’s involvement in promoting mathematics and teaching in her local area has included work with students, teachers, and university faculty. She has created a detailed curriculum, constructed inquiry-based learning activities, and facilitated the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy summer math program for students in grades 8 and 9. Additionally, she has worked with local junior high school teachers to plan and execute activities for a Family Math Night. Most recently, she led a session on active learning in the classroom for faculty at University of St. Francis in order to share the information acquired while at the Summer STEM Faculty Institute on Teaching at Washington University.
Dr. Amanda Harsy is currently an assistant professor of mathematics at Lewis University. She is a Gold ‘14 Project NExT Fellow and is part of the leadership team for the Southwest Chicago Suburbs Math Teachers’ Circle. Dr. Amanda Harsy is the faculty advisor for Lewis’ Math Club and has helped them create and lead sessions on the mathematics behind games like poker and mastermind. For the past two years, she has led informal weekly training for Lewis’ Calculus Competition Team. During graduate school, Dr. Harsy created and facilitated the Women in Science Calculus Study Tables. These tables were created in order to provide support and mentorship for women through the calculus sequence. She has also been active in outreach to local middle schools with a focus on encouraging girls to pursue mathematics and computer science. In particular, Dr. Harsy has led several Girls Create with Technology sessions for middle schoolers and is a part of the Computer and Technology Scholars (CATS) program which introduces middle school girls to programming. This summer, she will be one of the middle school instructors at Math@IMSA (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy) summer program. Although Dr. Harsy has not led a Math Circle herself, she has been attending the Chicago Math Circle help at Loyola University for the past six months.
Dr. Dave Klanderman is a mathematics education professor at Trinity Christian University. Dr. Klanderman has been active in both research and professional development in K-12 math education for the past 25 years. He has led or co-led workshops for elementary and middle school teachers in both public and private schools. He has spoken regularly at conferences for teachers at all grade levels. He is currently working with three co-authors to publish a book with NCTM that provides teachers in grades K-5 with measurement tasks and activities designed to align with both common core and trajectory levels for length, area, volume, and angle measurement.
Dr. Ahmad Mojiri is an associate professor and chair of the department of mathematics at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Ottawa. He has held faculty positions at various universities in Canada, the US and internationally for more than ten years. He has recently joined the leadership team at the Math Teachers’ Circles for the Southwest Chicago suburbs and is looking forward to a productive year in organizing events for this new community of mathematics teachers and learners.
Dr. Rita Patel has an undergraduate degree in business marketing and management from University of Illinois at Chicago and graduate degrees from Northern Illinois University in mathematics focusing on math education. Dr. Patel has taught developmental math courses for diverse students from underserved areas and mathematics education courses for pre-service teachers at Northern Illinois University. During this past summer, she also taught a developmental math course for students entering high school at Marmion Academy. Additionally, Dr. Patel has been active in college and university service activities. In particular, she has worked with community college personnel to build a curriculum for high school students intending to pursue non-STEM majors in college at Elgin Community College, and has participated in a professional service presentation to practicing middle and high school mathematics teachers at North Central College.  She is an Assistant Professor at College of DuPage.
Dr. Kristen R. Schreck is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. She earned her Doctorate of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Schreck is a proponent of using inquiry-based learning in the classroom. She received a small grant in 2014 from the Educational Advancement Foundation, through the Academy of Inquiry Based Learning, to develop a student-centered curriculum for the Calculus sequence. Students worked individually and collaboratively, in small groups, on carefully crafted problems which required their prior knowledge to synthesize new material and make conjectures. Through the grant, Dr. Schreck transformed her courses, and her teaching role, from a more traditional dispenser of knowledge, into a facilitator of knowledge. She welcomes the opportunity to work together with mathematics teachers in the Math Teachers’ Circle in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago, on challenging and enjoyable problems that incorporate the facets of an inquiry-based approach and focus on learning on the part of the participant.
Amanda Snooks Ms. Amanda Snooks graduated from Saint Xavier University, in May 2015, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently the 5th and 6th-grade math teacher at St. Bede the Venerable Elementary School in Chicago, IL. On the MTC leadership team, Amanda serves as a member of the recruitment sub-committee.
Nicolette Staley