We are excited to be back, and we’re looking forward to building community, having fun, and watching our learners grow this year! We would like to take this time to introduce to you the members on the Math Team at STEM-Saratoga.
John Burton has been with STEM since it opened, with this school year being his 35th. He teaches Math 6, Math 6A, Sixth Grade Boot Camp, Future City STEaM Project as well. He graduated from UW-Whitewater for his undergraduate and received his Masters Degree from Marian University. Mr. Burton was born and raised in Waukesha, in fact went to Saratoga for elementary school. He also coaches football for Waukesha West, and has done so for 16 years. He has two children, a son (27) and daughter (21), and has been happily married to his wife for 36 years! Mr. Burton enjoys spending time with his family, riding bicycles, and getting away on his motorcycle. If you need to contact him, his email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Burton also Tweets daily updates for his classes, follow him on Twitter at #BurtonStem.
Bryn Grosskopf has been with STEM for five years, with this school year being her sixth. She teaches 7th and 8th grade math, Algebra 1, and Student Proposal. She went to Carroll University for her undergraduate and masters degree. Ms. Grosskopf is originally from IL, but has assimilated to the Wisconsin lifestyle (still working on the Packers piece). She’s been living in downtown Milwaukee for five years now, and enjoys spending time playing volleyball a couple nights a week, reading, taking bike rides, working out, and being social! If you need to contact Ms. Grosskopf, her email is email@example.com. If you want to know what’s going on during the week, follow her on Twitter @blg0416 to see what the kids are working on.
Krista Hemphill is in her 5th year at STEM, 13th year of teaching overall. She teaches Math 6A/7A, Math 7, Algebra I, and various STEaM projects. She graduated from Carroll University for her undergraduate degree where she played basketball for the Pioneers, and then went on to earn her Masters Degree from Cardinal Stritch University. Mrs. Hemphill was born and raised in Waukesha, graduating from Waukesha West. She is married with two children - one son (4 years old) and one daughter (2 years old). She loves spending time with her family camping, hiking, biking, playing/watching sports, and playing board games. If you need to contact Mrs. Hemphill, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Wray is in his 4th year at STEM. He teaches 8th Grade Math and Geometry, and facilitates students who are working independently on Algebra 2 or other high school math classes through eAchieve. He is also one of the facilitators for the Riding For Focus Cycling STEaM Project. Mr. Wray grew up in the Appleton area, but has lived in Waukesha for the past 7 years. He went to Lakeland College near Sheboygan for his undergrad and is currently working on his Masters in Curriculum & Instruction through UW-Whitewater. He has two very cute daughters who are 2 years old and and 6 years old. He loves sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track especially. He coaches track at STEM in the spring and enjoys running with the cross country team or playing basketball with the students when he gets the opportunity. Mr. Wray’s email is email@example.com.
Julie Jarolimek, also known as Mrs. J is our Math Interventionist, aka Math Motivator. She graduated UW Oshkosh and is certified 5-12 in math, and PK-12 in reading. She completed her Curriculum and Instruction Masters Degree from UW-Milwaukee. Julie has taught middle school, high school, and college. On the side, she is a creator and owner of Internet Ecommerce Business, with affiliations to GE, Rockwell, Quad, NFL, Google, Mattel, Reebok, and New Era. Julie created the Singletree Subdivision Summer Garage Program. She’s had a variety of jobs at car dealerships, restaurants, and county stadium/Miller Park. Please read the piece below about the Move Up Math program here at STEM that she created:
For those of you who were not able to attend Open House, we wanted to share with you our presentation so you can see what to expect this year. Please take time to read through that presentation, so you are aware of what’s going on in your student’s math life. We all share out our daily agenda/tasks through Google Slides. Mr. Burton uses Twitter to send out his daily tasks in addition to the Google Slide; you can follow him with the Twitter Handle @BurtonStem.
If you have any questions, please let us know! We look forward to going into more detail in October, and share what we have accomplished so far!
The Math Team