Meet the Instructor: Chelsea

Intro to Research

Chelsea is a current PhD Candidate and Graduate Instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying and teaching courses in Psychology. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from Ripon College in Ripon, WI and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has served as a research mentor to undergraduate students at UW-Madison and Ripon College and loves guiding students through the scientific research process – from curiosity to results.

She was born and raised in Waupun, WI and is a lifelong fan of Wisconsin athletics (Go Pack and Go Badgers!). She is married to Cal and together they have 4 furry companions – a Germans Shepherd, a Siberian Husky, and two rescue cats.

Beyond her desire for helping students discover passions in research or psychology, Chelsea loves the outdoors. Hiking, camping, and enjoying a good book on the beach are all activities she jumps at any chance she can get. She also loves traveling and spending downtime with family playing cards or board games. Chelsea is excited to couple her love of research and teaching together through the enrichment courses here at Galin Education.

Meet the Instructor: Kireina

Coding: Intro to Python & Continuing Python

Kireina’s father was in the Air Force so she was born in Japan and moved around quite a bit as a kid. She graduated salutatorian from Alamogordo High School in New Mexico. She then used her National Merit Scholarship to attend Hastings College in Nebraska. While there, Kireina spent a semester studying abroad in England. She currently teaches middle school math in Marshall, WI.

Kireina loves to help students solve difficult problems and tackle subjects they thought they would never be able to master. When she’s not working with students, Kireina loves to read, code, and travel. She also enjoys all of Wisconsin’s outdoor activities with her two dogs.

Meet the Instructor: Lori

Coding: Intro to Java

Lori has decades of experience teaching computer science at the high school level and is passionate about helping more students to develop skills in computer programming and design. 

Lori has worked with the AP Board on computer science courses and has written curriculum and content for the International Academy of Science. She has also collaborated on textbooks with college professors. She continues to challenge herself by sharpening her own computer science knowledge at universities such as MIT, University of San Jose, UW–Madison and Marquette and through national conferences funded by the National Science Foundation and CSTA. With all of this experience, Lori still loves to find new and engaging ways to share her passion for computer science with her students.  

Meet the Instructor: Mel

Explore Probability 1 & 2

Mel is a current Bachelor of Science candidate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, studying mathematics with an emphasis on education. After graduation she intends to pursue a master’s degree and become a high school math teacher. She currently is serving her second year as an Americorps member at a Madison high school as an Algebra and Geometry tutor through Achievement Connections. Additionally, through UW – Madison’s Badger Volunteers, Mel facilitates afterschool programming at an area elementary school.

Beyond her commitment to students’ development of study skills and improving their educational experiences at school, Mel enjoys crafting (crochet, sewing), drawing, and everything music-related. She frequents events at the Overture Center for the Arts, and she’s more than content spending an evening at home with her family and her rescue Yorkie. Mel is committed to serving others and putting more into the world than she takes. She loves helping students grow through her position at Galin Education.

Meet the Instructor: Olivia

Minecraft Missions

Olivia was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. During all four years at UW-Madison, Olivia participated in academic research studying a bacterial plant pathogen and its effects on varying types of agricultural systems. Olivia was also involved in the Women in Science and Engineering Learning Community: as a WISE resident, as a peer mentor, and finally as a House Fellow (Resident Assistant) during her junior and senior years of undergraduate study. In her time working with and for a strong community of women, Olivia became passionate about women’s STEM education and women’s health. To follow these passions further, Olivia will pursue an MPH next fall. In her free time, Olivia enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, cooking new recipes, and reading.

Meet the Instructor: David

Playing Politics

David Olson has spent his career in education teaching at the Middle School, High School and College levels. He currently teaches AP U.S. Government and Politics and Criminal Justice.

David graduated with degrees in Government and International Affairs and Secondary Education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and later received his Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has received awards from the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies, PBS, and the Dane County League of Women Voters for his teaching and commitment to civic education.

David grew up in the Twin Cities and retains his devotion to the Vikings and Twins (despite moving to Packer country). He is married to Amy and they have two beautiful redheads – Caroline and JoJo. David enjoys following professional and college sports, playing with his children, and keeping up with the news.

Meet the Instructor: Hongmei

Intro to Mandarin and Advanced Chinese Language

Hongmei was born in Beijing, China. She came to the US in 1996 to pursue a graduate study in Wood Science at Virginia Tech. Later, in 2003, she moved to Madison to work for the US Forest Service at Forest Products Laboratory, and has been working there for 17 years.
Hongmei started teaching Chinese language and culture to her son and her friends’ kids in 2005. She found her second passion working with and teaching these kids and families from all around the Madison area. She has not stopped teaching since and even broadened her scope to teach adults at Madison Area Technical College. Hongmei loves to work with kids of all ages, introducing them to Chinese culture and food, teaching them the language and character-writing. Hongmei has proudly raised her son (17 years old) to graduate as a U.S. 2020 Presidential Scholar and as bilingual in Chinese and English.

Meet the Instructor: Hannah

Creative Nonfiction

Hannah grew up in rural Illinois and completed her undergraduate degree at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa where she majored in Strategic Communication and Writing. While at St. Ambrose, Hannah was an active member of the Honors Program, volunteering with World Relief and completing her capstone project, “Creative Writing Benefits in Students at the Elementary Level: Discovering a Sense of Self.” Hannah also tutored writing, worked as the communication intern at her university, and was editor in chief of the campus newspaper. Her senior year, Hannah studied journalism and culture in Edinburgh, Scotland. In her free time, Hannah enjoys running, reading, and visiting as many state and national parks as she can. She also loves writing; her work has been published in Quercus, 3Elements Review, Eastern Iowa Review, and through Alternating Current Press. 

Meet the Instructor: Vivian

Creative Writing Through Folktales

Vivian is a Madisonian, born and raised. She tutored all through high school; while at her alma mater, Lawrence University; and during her Master’s program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also had the privilege of supporting college students in a variety of roles, including as a tutor coordinator and supervisor, an instructor, and an academic advisor. Having been on both sides of the process, Vivian loves the unique learning that occurs in one-on-one and group tutoring spaces. She is passionate about building relationships with students and supporting them as they achieve their goals. When she’s not tutoring, Vivian enjoys writing, having good conversations, eating good food, and hanging out with her husband and her cat.

Meet the Instructor: Kathleen

Women in Media

Kathleen grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and is fiercely loyal to hometown sports. She attended the University of Chicago where she double majored in Theatre and Performance Studies and English. After college she stuck around the Windy City to train with The Second City and The Annoyance. Having studied abroad in Ireland in undergrad, she took the leap back across the pond to Galway for her Master’s, where she also worked as a professional producer and published research on gender disparity in the Irish theatre scene. She is currently working on her PhD in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at UW Madison, exploring collective memory and feminist readings of contemporary Irish theatre. Kathleen is slowly, but surely, learning Irish Gaelic and returns to Ireland yearly for language immersion- Tá Gaeilge beo!

Meet the Instructor: Shane

Intro to Business

Shane has happily worked as a Business, Marketing, & Information Technology teacher in the Madison area for over 5 years. He has taught a variety of courses including Introduction to Business, Personal Finance, Social Media Marketing, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Business Law, the Microsoft Office Suite, and Yearbook Design. He is also a certified adjust teacher from UW-Oshkosh and certified dual credit teacher from Madison College. Shane earned his Undergraduate Degree in Business Education from Edgewood College, where he was also a member of the basketball & golf teams. Recently, Shane completed his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. One of Shane’s favorite things about teaching is watching students find their passion as well as watching students grow both personally and intellectually. Outside of teaching he enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and coffee shops, golfing, working out, watching and playing sports, and spending time with his family, friends, and dog Pablo. Shane looks forward to using his experience and passion for business to teach enrichment courses here at Galin Education.