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Meet the Mathematics Institute Team

Working Together to Improve Math Education in Wisconsin

Why do we do it? The reason is simple: like you, our focus is on the future of today’s children. How can we best equip our students to flourish in a world that is rapidly changing? The answer most often overlooked is the importance of teaching mathematics.

Knowledge of mathematics provides a pathway to success in the data-driven worlds of finance, statistics, science, technology, and engineering, but that is not all. Mathematics is about more than numbers. Studying math teaches students how to analyze information, think critically, make informed decisions, persevere, interpret information, problem solve, discover patterns, envision solutions, make connections, reason abstractly, reason quantitatively, learn from mistakes, and be precise. These habits of mind will help them, as adults, to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing and unpredictable world.

Kathryn Leverenz

President

Kathryn spent fifteen years in the nonprofit world and three years as a Financial Advisor before joining the Mathematics Institute of Wisconsin team. Most recently, she served five years as President and CEO of the Waukesha County Community Foundation. Prior to that she spent seven years specializing in planned and major gifts for Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation and three years with both Waddell & Reed Financial Services and Bethesda Lutheran Homes.

Kathryn serves on the Board of Directors for Wisconsin Philanthropy Network and chairs their membership committee. She also serves on the Elmbrook Education Foundation Executive Committee, Thriving Waukesha Alliance Task Force, President’s Council for Carroll University and Advisory Council for La Casa de Esperanza.

Kathryn holds a B.A. degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Paige Richards

Mathematics Coaching Specialist

Paige designs, develops, and provides professional learning opportunities for mathematics leaders and elementary teachers.  She is invested in building capacity in schools and districts to give all students access to high levels of mathematics. Always looking for new ways to support educators, she is currently working toward agency trainer status in Cognitive Coaching. As a past board member for the Wisconsin Mathematics Council, she believes that collaboration is the key to success. Paige also serves on National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Needs Assessment Task Force. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband Erik, a high school teacher, and their two daughters Sadie and Stella.   

Prior to joining the Mathematics Institute in 2014, Paige spent 18 years in large urban and suburban schools. She served in a variety of roles including special education teacher, elementary teacher, Teacher-in Residence at a university and technical college for a National Science Foundation grant, and as a K-8 Math Specialist. Paige holds a B.S. Exceptional Education Cognitive Disabilities and and M.S. Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Paige tweets @mathinst_Paige

Sara Brown

Secondary Mathematics Specialist

Sara develops and provides professional learning opportunities for middle and high school teachers.  She is certified by Illustrative Mathematics to deliver professional learning for their open source middle school curriculum.  Sara has completed Cognitive Coaching-Foundation and Adaptive Schools-Foundation courses. While she considers all areas of mathematics interesting, statistics and geometry hold a special place in her heart.  Sara serves as a director for the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Statistical Association. She resides in Colgate with her husband Brady and their two small dogs, Sam and Curly.

Prior to joining the Mathematics Institute in 2014, she spent 15 years in rural, urban, and suburban high schools as a classroom teacher, department  leader, and interventionist. Sara earned her National Board Teaching Certification in 2012.  She holds a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Mathematics Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Sara tweets @mathinst_Sara

Eric Kanters

K-8 Mathematics Specialist

Eric spent thirteen years as a classroom teacher at the elementary level and three years as a Math/Instructional Coach in the Greenfield School District. He also worked as a summer school principal for two years. Eric holds a B.S. in Elementary/Middle Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

Kristi Gettelman

Early Learning Mathematics Specialist

Kristi brings over twenty years of teaching experience to the Mathematics Institute of Wisconsin team.  Kristi taught for six years at a parochial school prior to her sixteen years in Milwaukee Public Schools, where she spent eleven years as a classroom teacher in MPS and then transitioned to instructional leadership roles at both the school and district levels, focusing on supporting PK-12 mathematics. Kristi holds a B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Saint Norbert College, located in De Pere, Wisconsin.  She also holds a M.A. in Educational Policy and Leadership, with a Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction, from Marquette University.

Alyssa Holly

Project Manager – Programs & Marketing

Alyssa has been with the Institute since its inception. Prior to the Institute, she was an Administrative Assistant with The Brookhill Foundation. Alyssa holds a B.A. in Studio Arts with a minor in business from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as a certificate of Social Media Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education.

Sherry Bucholtz

Operations Coordinator

Sherry brings over 35 years of work experience in administrative support to the Mathematics Institute of Wisconsin team. She spent ten years with RTE, which became Cooper Power Systems, six years with Stillwaters Cancer Support Services and eleven years working at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in clinical research and the cancer center.

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