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Jenna Zomback will be teaching the Counting Pigeons and Other Problem Solving Techniques course at SIM Camp Epsilon and will be the assistant program coordinator this summer. She is a first year graduate student in mathematics.

Emily Shinkle will be teaching the Maximize Your Winnings: Using Math to Understand Games course at SIM Camps Epsilon and Delta. She is is a graduate student in mathematics. She has a bachelor's degree in math education and loves exploring interesting mathematics with students. When she's not doing math or teaching, she enjoys playing the flute, spending time with friends, and visiting new places. 

Alexi Block Gorman will be teaching Counting to Infinity (Plus One!) at SIM Camps Delta and Omega. She is a graduate student in mathematics working in logic on problems in model theory.  Her favorite theorem is Gödel's First Incompleteness theorem, because it guarantees that mathematicians will not be out of a job any time soon.

Emily Heath will be teaching From Snowflakes to Seashells: Exploring Fractals at SIM Camp Omega. She is also the program coordinator for SIM Camp. She is a third year graduate student in mathematics interested in graph theory and combinatorics. In her free time, Emily loves reading and watching Netflix.


Claire Merriman is the director of SIM Camp. She is currently a fifth year graduate student in mathematics, interested in differential geometry and number theory. She ran the Making and Breaking Codes course at SIM Camp Epsilon in 2016, and created and ran the Number Theory and Cryptology class at the 2015 camp.

Emily Heath is the program coordinator for SIM Camp.

Simone Sisneros-Thiry is an assistant program coordinator for the 2018 SIM Camp, and was program coordinator in 2016 and 2017. She is a fourth year graduate student in mathematics interested in combinatorial number theory and mathematics education. Simone studied secondary education at the University of Maine at Farmington, and continues to split her time between learning math, teaching math, and learning about teaching math.

Jennifer McNeilly is a faculty organizer at SIM Camp. She has been Director of the Math Merit Program for Emerging Scholars since 2001. She has won multiple teaching awards, primarily teaching courses at the precalculus level. She is also an advisor to the math majors in the secondary education program.

Jeremy Tyson is a faculty organizer at SIM Camp. He is a Professor in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mathematics and director of the Illinois Geometry Lab.


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