Douglas O’Roark, Executive Director
In addition to serving as the Executive Director of MC2, Doug leads the NSF sponsored AIM-TRU research project at DePaul’s STEM Center which seeks to improve math teaching across CPS. Previously he led the Secondary Math component of the UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program and was the first teacher hired at Payton College Prep. He was awarded the Radio Shack National Teacher Award, the MAA’s Sliffe Award for Distinguished Math Teaching, and the ICTM Rine Secondary Math Teaching Award. Both the City of Chicago Math League and Payton Prep have awards named in his honor. He lives in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood with his wife, a mental health researcher at UIC, and two children, who attend CPS.
Sara Rezvi, Program Director
Sara is currently a doctoral student candidate at UIC in math curriculum and instruction. She teaches teachers how to teach mathematics from an experiential and social-justice orientation and has taught mathematics in grades 7 through 12 in New York City, Mexico, and Chicago. She is proud to be a part of Math Circles of Chicago and is always seeking to bring the joy of a really good proof to anyone who meets her. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her very silly German Shepherd dog, Jedi, and is an avid reader of science-fiction books.
Noel Perkins, Program Associate
Noel is a middle school math educator with a passion for helping students find the inherent joy and magic in mathematics. She began her teaching career in Houston, TX and later obtained her M.S.Ed in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Trained as a restorative justice practitioner and coach, she enjoys working on math that affirms students’ identities and builds community among them. Outside of Math Circles, she is an avid reader of fiction, a devoted yogi, and a very decent untrained cook.
Kathie Ang, Payton Site Co-Coordinator
Kathie is a science teacher at Walter Payton College Prep. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Biology, she joined UChicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program where she earned her MAT in secondary science education. As a science teacher, she loves loves to be outside, so you can find her running, biking, swimming, and doing yoga around Chicago and working farmer’s markets for Phoenix Bean Tofu. She is also an avid sports fan and since she’s originally from New Jersey, loves talking to people about the New York Jets and the New York Mets.
Katherine DeLisle, Lane Tech Site Coordinator
Katie DeLisle is a mathematics teacher at Lane Tech College Prep High School. She recently graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin with a degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. She was also a 4-year member of the Cross Country and Track & Field team at Carthage. She enjoys reading, running, and eating lots of pizza in her free time!
Robin Lam, Bridgeport Site Coordinator
Robin teaches math at George Washington High School. She graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and from the University of Chicago with a MAT for Secondary Math Education. The easiest ways to get Robin talking in a conversation are to mention hiking, reading novels, or noodles. She lives in Bridgeport and enjoys exploring new restaurants in the area.
Kevin Lee, Payton Site Co-Coordinator
Kevin is a National Board Certified math and computer science teacher at Walter Payton College Preparatory High School and just started his 15th year as a teacher. He grew up in the Chicago suburbs, earned a B.A. in mathematics from Quincy University and an M.S. in Pure Mathematics from the University of New Orleans.
Barbara Manjarraz, Back of the Yards Site Coordinator
Barbara has been a math teacher at Back of the Yards College Prep since the school opened in 2013, teaching a variety of International Baccalaureate courses. Barbara graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a bachelors in mathematics. Outside of math, she loves coaching badminton, spending time with her two children at soccer and baseball games, traveling, and spending any spare moment in Minnesota with her family!
Lauren Phillips, Morgan Park Site Coordinator
Lauren has been a math teacher at Morgan Park High School since 2010, teaching a variety of courses and loving every journey she takes with students in the world of mathematics. Lauren graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2010 with a B.S. in Psychology, and then in 2012 graduated from Northwestern University with a MS.Ed in Secondary Mathematics. Outside of math, she loves boating, movies, traveling, and cooking!
Bill Schmit, Pilsen Site Coordinator
Bill teaches math at Lindblom Math & Science Academy. He is a lifelong Southsider, and graduated from the University of Chicago with a double major in Mathematics and Chemistry, as well as a Masters in Teaching. In his spare time, Bill likes to cook, bike around the city, and play a variety of instruments, to the delight of his wife and chagrin of his neighbors.
Salvador Venegas, Little Village Coordinator
Salvador Venegas is a national board certified teacher at Infinity Math, Science and Technology High School located within the Little Village High School Campus where he is math department chair. He is enrolled in the Math and Science Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program at UIC where his research interests include critical mathematics and dual language education.
Jen Zimmerman, UChicago YSP Site Coordinator
In the fall of 2015 Jen joined MC^2 as the University of Chicago YSP Math Circle site coordinator. Additionally she has served as the Associate Director of the University’s SESAME Program for the past 13 years. SESAME is an outreach program offering Chicagoland teachers courses towards the State of Illinois Middle School Endorsement in Mathematics and Science. In her spare time she also runs a marketing campaign for the University’s Polk Brother Program, another teacher outreach opportunity.