Meet the Instructor: Griffin

Probability, Number Theory

Griffin is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and earned his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, serving as a student radio DJ and co-president of Student Action with Workers, a social justice group on campus. He graduated with highest honors in political science and political economy in 2014. These days, he is nearly an “all but dissertation” PhD candidate at the UW in sociology; he earned his MS in sociology in 2019 from the UW. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, trail runs with his partner Caitlin, and walking his dog Eleanor.

Griffin was a good math student in high school, but he only came to truly appreciate the beauty and practicality of math in college and especially in grad school. He is particularly passionate about statistics, which is an essential part of sociological research but also very useful in virtually all professional fields and trades, from finance and law, to medicine and public policy. A solid knowledge of statistics even makes pop culture phenomena, whether sports-related or politics-related, easier and more fun to follow. Griffin has taught six semesters of introductory sociology courses at the UW, all of which have some statistical orientation; he will teach introduction to statistics for social scientists (SOC360) at the UW this summer.

Meet the Instructor: Kireina

Coding: Intro to Python, Website Design

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: Hannah

Creative Writing

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: Kathleen

Play Writing, 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: Gabbi

Critical Information Literacy

Gabbi grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Spanish in Claremont, California, at Pomona College. After graduating, Gabbi was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and traveled to Panama City, Panama, where she taught English as a Foreign Language at a local university for ten months. Upon returning to Chicago, she joined Teach For America and earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education; Gabbi served as a 9th grade composition teacher and a Class of 2018 Advisor at a charter school in Chicago for three years. She also enjoyed coaching the school’s cross country and track teams and sponsoring the National Honor Society and Senior Events Committee. In order to pursue her interest in enhancing writing instruction and curriculum, Gabrielle applied and was accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Composition & Rhetoric PhD Program. Gabbi enjoys reading and writing, running along Lake Monona, exploring all that Madison has to offer, and cooking (and eating) delicious meals!

Meet the Instructor: Daniel

Basics of Nutrition

Daniel is originally from Oakland, California. He played collegiate tennis at and obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. After graduating, Daniel joined Teach for America and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he became a founding member of the Milwaukee Excellence Charter School. For three years, Daniel taught a variety of classes to 6th-8th graders, including science, math, and reading. He also enjoyed coaching the basketball, football, and track & field teams, as well as helping to found the school’s anime club. During this time, Daniel earned his master’s degree from Alverno College. He also worked as a volunteer assistant coach with the Milwaukee School of Engineering men’s and women’s tennis teams. Daniel is a student in UW-Madison’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program pursuing his passion for human health and movement. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing just about any sport, exploring Madison’s many restaurants and hiking venues, and cooking.

Meet the Instructor: Brian

Philosophy, Court Cases

Brian is from Manchester, Missouri, a suburb of Saint Louis. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia and later moved to Wisconsin to pursue a MS in Curriculum & Instruction from UW-Madison. He previously tutored high school and undergraduate students, the latter for four years at the University of Missouri. Brian is a certified 9-12 social studies teacher in Missouri and is pursuing similar certification in Wisconsin. At UW, he plans on researching structural inequities in education and developing resources for students who do not find traditional success in traditional classrooms, such as ESL students, gifted and talented students, and students with learning disabilities. After graduating with his master’s degree, Brian hopes to work as a high school social studies teacher in underserved communities, particularly where he can utilize his interest in ESL instruction. In his free time, Brian enjoys exploring Madison and learning to cook new dishes. He reads a lot, preferably with a sugary sweet latte in his hand.

Meet the Instructor: Caitlyn

Number Theory

Caitlyn grew up in Almont, MI, a small town an hour north of Detroit, where she graduated valedictorian from Almont High School. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Honors Mathematics (pure math). At Notre Dame, she was involved in various tutoring programs, was president of the Math Club, created the Honors Math Mentoring program and Women in Math group, and was a member of the Dance Company, a theatre/musical company, and the women’s boxing club. Additionally, she studied abroad in Hungary for her junior spring semester, participating in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, and had the opportunity to travel around Europe. Now, Caitlyn is pursuing a PhD in Mathematics at UW-Madison as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, playing board games, and exploring Madison.

Meet the Instructor: David

2020 Elections

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: Rebecca

Drawing with Desmos; Math in the Movies

Rebecca grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before attending Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Both in high school and college, Rebecca ran competitively on the cross country and track teams. After graduating from college, Rebecca taught and coached for 3 years in Iowa, just outside of Iowa City. In 2018, Rebecca, her husband, and their dog moved to Madison for her husband to do his medical residency at UW. Currently, Rebecca teaches at Middleton High School and enjoys spending as much time as possible outside!

Meet the Instructor: Itiola

Social Media in Poetry

Itiola calls California her home state before she moved to New York to pursue writing as a profession. At 19, her first job was a Supplemental Instructor where she served adult students returning to higher education. Since then, she private tutored on and off. She is the founder of the online writing poetry workshop called “The Singing Bullet”, now celebrating its fifth anniversary. She is a Book Editor with Indolent Books, Editor at 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, freelances for Complex, NBC News Think and elsewhere. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Guernica, Washington Square Review, The Rumpus and elsewhere. She is the co-editor of the Young African Poets Anthology. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was chosen as the Inaugural Kemper K. Knapp Fellowship recipient. When she isn’t reading, editing, or writing, she’s watching Code Geass and practicing archery.

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.

Meet the Instructor: Matt

Matt Ambrosio is a visiting professor of music theory at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. Before his PhD studies at UW-Madison, Matt was a physics, AP physics, and robotics teacher in the Washington DC Public School system. A recipient of the Mellon Public Humanities Fellowship and instructor at the University of Wisconsin’s Engineering Summer Program, Matt continued his work in STEM education throughout his graduate studies in music.

Originally from New Rochelle, NY, Matt comes from a loving Italian family that taught him to wear his heart on his plate. Matt and his partner continue the traditions of his family, preparing food together, sharing food with friends, and enjoying discussions over meals mostly centered around food. Along with all things music and science, Matt enjoys skateboarding, frisbee, gardening, art museums, and board games.

Matt’s research interests include pedagogy, the history of science and music, popular music studies, philosophy, and instillation art.

Meet the Instructor: Hongmei

Intro to Mandarin and Chinese Reading and Writing

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: Eric

Music in the Movies 
Eric is most recently from Ann Arbor Michigan, but has enjoyed living his childhood across many places such as Virginia, California, Sweden, Missouri, Minnesota, and Texas. Eric is a graduate of University of Michigan studying Bassoon Performance and Music Education. Eric focused his time helping conduct research for music education journals, pedagogy for the study of bassoon, and studying post-tonal music theory and film music. He now enjoys his time teaching a multitude of wind ensembles and general music classes at the high school level. In his spare time he enjoys spending time outdoors, discussing music, and traveling as much as possible.

Meet the Instructor: Gabby

Poetry, Short Story Writing
Growing up, Gabriella split her time between Venezuela and Florida before moving to Boston to study Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College. She spent her undergrad years interning at literary journals and agencies, running an on-campus magazine, being a Resident Assistant and working as a waitress. After graduating Gabriella worked as a translator while teaching English as a Second Language to adult newcomers and then went on to become a Program Coordinator at 826 Boston where she taught writing workshops, led college essay boot camps and supported high school students in creating book projects. Now, she serves as an MFA Candidate in Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches and writes poems. When she isn’t writing or reading, she’s hiking, camping or driving until she’s lost in a new town.