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: Shane

Business Basics

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: Kris

Future Problem Solving

Kris is a middle school specialist having spent her entire teaching career working with middle school students. Before retiring, Kris taught English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math to 6th graders for decades. Kris first discovered Future Problem Solving in 1999 and loved how this type of learning transformed students ability to problem solve. She was instrumental in getting Future Problem Solving added as a course at Hamilton Middle School to benefit more students. She has also coached competitive Future Problem Solving teams at both Hamilton and West High School.

In her free time Kris enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, running, hiking, biking, travelling and teaching water aerobics.

Meet the Instructor: Katie

Critical Thinking: Logic Techniques

Katie is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). She specializes in philosophy of biology and philosophy of science. Before coming to Madison, Katie received a BA in Philosophy and BS in Theoretical Mathematics at New Mexico State University. Katie works as a Graduate Instructor at UW and teaches philosophy to kindergarten students at local elementary schools. She is thrilled to continue teaching students about philosophy at Galin Education this fall. Katie takes great pleasure in her work as an educator and getting her students to the “aha” moment of understanding. Particularly with her younger students, she finds that studying philosophy provides a unique opportunity for them to develop critical thinking skills and reason through arguments more effectively. Outside of teaching, Katie loves cooking, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her two dogs, Kiba and Hero.