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: David

2020 Election Exploration

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: Allyson


Allyson grew up on a farm in south-central Wisconsin and attended Mount Horeb schools from kindergarten through high school. She was a first-generation college student, and she also spent a semester studying abroad in Granada, Spain during her Sophomore year. Allyson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to teach SPanish at Monona Grove High School for four years before joining the Galin Education team. She has worked and volunteered at various K-12 schools in the Madison area and has extensive experience working with students, providing academic and social-emotional support, developing curriculum, and presenting at regional and state education conferences. Allyson also loves to travel and has even organized and led a trip to Nicaragua with 29 students. In her free time, she loves to cook vegan food, practice yoga, travel, read memoirs and non-fiction, and spend time with her English Bulldog, Randy.

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: 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.