2022 Math Camp Staff

  • Dave Auckly =KSU Prof

    Dave Auckly earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and then held a postdoctoral position at UT Austin followed by an NSF postdoc at UC Berkeley. He then moved to Kansas State University before taking the Associate Director position at MSRI from 2009 – 2012. His research interests cover a broad range of geometry/topology and overlap with PDE, mathematical physics and algebraic geometry. He has been very involved in many special educational programs. For example, he helped incorporate mathematics into a residential college at the University of Michigan, and created a unique `Brainstorming and Barnstorming’ program and a center for the integration of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research at KSU. He is a codirector and cofounder of the Navajo Nation Math Circle. He lights up like the Vegas strip when he talks about mathematics. Dave has directed many undergraduate and graduate level research projects and he has been recognized with the Lester R. Ford Award from the Mathematical Association of America, as well as several teaching awards.

  • Lynden Auckly = HS student assistant

    Lynden is a student at Manhattan HS. She is interested in environmental science and music theory, plays piano and percussion.

  • Kim Logan = KSU Prof
  • Shey Logan = KSU Prof

    Shay grew up in the mountains of Western Montana. He went to college in Eastern Washington. After that, he studied math and philosophy in Minnesota, eventually getting a master’s in the former and a PhD in the latter. After postdocs at Smith College, the University of Connecticut, and North Carolina State University, he returned briefly to Minnesota before finally settling at Kansas State University, where he is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department.

  • Matthias Kawski = ASU prof

    Matthias is the University Professor of Mathematics at Arizona State University. He is the founder of the ASU math circle. His work recruiting for the 2010 Circle on the Road workshop laid the foundation for the Navajo Nation Math Circles project. He has visited many schools, and been a member of our camp staff many times. His research is in mathematical control theory.

  • Pam Smith = Ft Lewis emeritus

    A picture really is worth 1000 words. Joe Mann expressed her feelings for Pam at the Page Carneval. We agree, “Pam Rocks.” Pamela K. M. Smith first became involved with the Navajo Math Circles when she taught at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She retired from FLC in 2018, after 20 years in its Mathematics Department. At FLC, Pam’s focus was teaching math content courses to students preparing to teach at the elementary level. Pam attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Brown University, and then Temple University, where she received a Doctor of Education degree in Mathematics Education. She is passionate about giving elementary students opportunities to “play” with numbers so that they develop number fluency early on. When she is home in Durango, Pam enjoys hiking in the San Juan and La Plata Mountains.

  • Danya Eggleston = Ft Lewis undergrad

    Danya Eggleston is a chemistry major at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO. She knows way too much about the Lord of the Rings and Star Trek.

  • Lincoln Ford = undergrad
  • Dianna Koss = assistant

    Dianna is a medical doctor specializing in gerontology. She is the matriarch of a family that has been very supportive of the Navajo MAth Circles over the years. She put together our mathematical
    scavenger hunt in Cow Springs.

  • Alex Koss = HS student assistant

    Alex Koss is a Junior at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, AZ.
    He has been working with the Navajo Math Circle since 2019.
    Alex is studying a curriculum heavy in Math and is interested in Engineering.

  • Henry Fowler = NTU faculty

    Henry H Fowler, Ed.D. has been teaching math for over 20 years. His Navajo traditional clans are born for Bitter-water and born into Zuni-Edgewater. His maternal grandparents are the Many Goats and his paternal grandparents are the Red-running-into-the-Water. He is from Tonalea, Arizona. He started his formal education at age four at Kaibeto Boarding School in Kaibeto, Arizona. He received his mathematics education degree from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona and holds an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership and Change. His passion is promoting math literacy. He advocates social justice through mathematics. He also supports cultural relevant materials to guide math instruction. His quest is to combine indigenous epistemologies and social science perspectives to make the teaching of mathematics more relevant, effective, and useful for Navajo students. He has published Navajo Cultural Component Math Curriculum, Weaving Numbers, and wrote a chapter in the Voices of Native American Educators; Collapsing the Fear of Mathematics: A Study of the Effects of Navajo Culture on Navajo Student Performance in Mathematics.

  • Charmayne Seaton = Ph.D. Student ASU

    Charmayne was a student in our very first camp in the summer of 2012. She just earned her BS in biomedical engineering form Arizona State university. She is now in graduate school in Bimedical Engineering at ASU using magnetic resonance to study the causes of type II diabetes.

  • Darren Harvey = Sandia National Labs

    is Navajo from the Bloomfield and Continental Divide, NM. He works for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) within the Intelligence Space and Research (ISR) division as an Engineering Technologist / Production Engineer. He is also a part of the Project Controls team and he is the Co-Chair to the American Indian Employee Resource Group (AIERG). Darren started working at LANL in October 2015. Prior to working for LANL, he worked for Google and also was enlisted in the US Navy. Darren graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with an M.S. in Project Management and B.S. in Technical Management. He lives in Los Alamos, NM with his daughter. For fun he coaches U11 girls soccer and enjoys anything related to the outdoors!

  • Shannon Garrison = CCC Faculty

    Shannon has worked in PK-12 Education for sixteen years as a teacher, Principal, and Director. She has been at the post-secondary, college level for one year now.

  • Jessica Dodson = CCC Faculty

    Ya’at’eeh! Shi ei Jessica Dodson yinishye. Todichiinii nishli, Tlizilani bashishchiin, Tachiinii dashicheii, doo Todichinii dashinali. Akotego Dine asdzaan nishli. (Hello, my name is Jessica Dodson. Jessica’s clans are Bitterwater, born for the Many Goats Clan, her maternal grandparents are the Red Running into the Water, and her paternal grandparents are the Bitterwater Clan. That is the way she identifies herself as a Dine woman.) She has three years’ experience of coordinating an Elementary and Middle School After School Program.

  • Dawnlei Hunter Ben = DEAP Teacher

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    Dawnlei Hunter Ben is Red Running Through the water Zuni division (Naash’t’zhi Ta’chii’nii). Born for the Wondering clan (Naakai Dine’e). Her maternal grandparents are Bitter Water clan (To’di’chii’nii). And her paternal grandparents are Big Water (To’di’chii’nii). She is originally from Canyon DeChelly (Tse’yi) and graduated from Window Rock High. She helped us keep organized from 2013 – 2016, and joined our organizers again in 2022.

  • Anna Wold = PUSD Teacher

    Anna teaches at Page High School and at Coconino County Community College. She first attended a one of our teacher workshops in Shiprock and quickly signed up to have a mathematical visitor. She continued to host visitors and attend teacher workshops and joined our teacher mentoring program. Cooperating with Gabriella Pinter she has developed and ran many math circle sessions for her students. She brought her own take on the Watermeloon problem to the students in our math camp and demonstrated it as part of our June 10 Teacher workshop.