Summer Faculty and Staff

Dr. Sowmya Anjur – Integrated Science; Physiology and Biomedical Engineering Faculty


Angela Berger – Innovation Through the Ages Faculty

Aggie Berger Photo - Baronage AyretonAngela’s favorite era in history is the medieval era, because “armor is cool”! During the school year Angela is a sixth grade teacher at the Fred Rogers Magnet Academy in Aurora. Angela holds an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Benedictine University, and she loves bringing the excitement of engineering principals and the design process to kids…..and building stuff!


Julie Gervais – Innovation Through the Ages Faculty

Gervais - Julie Gervais

Julie teaches STEM art at the Fred Rogers Magnet Academy during the school year. Julie holds a master of science in art education from Northern Illinois University. She is looking forward to helping our summer campers make connections between art and science. We can’t wait to have her help in bringing some STEAM to our Summer@IMSA programs!


Laura Kopff – Integrated Science Faculty


Dr. Brian Moskalik – Genetics: Nature or Nurture Faculty


Brian earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati. This summer, Brian is thrilled to inspire young people and help them to appreciate organismal biology. Unlike most people, Brian clearly doesn’t have arachnophobia because for the last 12 years, he has been studying spiders!


Christine Moskalik – Genetics: Nature or Nurture Faculty

ChristineChristine Moskalik is a Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist.  Prior to joining the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in 2015, she taught high school and college biology.  She has a BS in Biology from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia (2004) and a MS in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati (2008). Her Master’s thesis examined how genetics content knowledge of undergraduate biology majors compared to non-majors and how pedagogical approaches impact that learning.

Elaine Wu – Physiology & Biomedical Engineering Faculty

elaineElaine received her B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her M.A.T. degree in Elementary Education from National-Louis University in Chicago. Over the past 10+ years, Elaine has had the honor & privilege of teaching students of all ages in a diverse array of settings on a wide range of subjects including teaching English abroad in Taiwan & Malaysia, teaching private music lessons, and teaching young children the awesomeness of hands-on science in an extracurricular enrichment setting. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with IMSA’s Statewide Student Initiatives team to bring fun & inspiring science curriculum to students. If you’re ever curious about how to play a straw kazoo, be sure to ask Elaine for a quick lesson!

Julie Polz – Lab Manager

Julie is the Science Lab Manager and Lab Safety Coordinator at IMSA’s Aurora campus. She graduated from Augustana College with a degree in Chemistry, and has used it to cultivate, grow, and protect many of our organic species. As a veteran of IMSA’s summer programs, she is excited to see what’s in store this year. When she isn’t in the lab, Julie loves volunteering at TAILS Humane Society!

Anne Joseph – RN

Anne Joseph, RN,  is a nurse in IMSA’s student health office –both in the summer and school year. Anne  has an M.S. in Nursing from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She loves the energy of IMSA’s summer programs and seeing young children interested and engaged in math and science!

Angie Shoener – RN

Angie Shoener is a nurse in IMSA’s student health office.  She holds her B.S. in nursing from Waubonsee Community College and is an avid volunteer for the Cub Scouts—working many hours for Cub Scouts as a Den leader for her own boys as well as a program director for a Cub Scout Summer Camp. During summer Angie loves watching the enthusiasm of the students as they challenge themselves!