Aurora Summer Staff & Faculty

Angela Berger – Aurora Program 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!

 

Sarah O’Leary- Driscoll – Integrated Science Faculty

sarah oleary driscollSarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Augustana College, and continued her studies at Northern Illinois University, where she completed her Master of Science degree in Biology. She’s worked as a part of the IMSA science faculty for 8 years, and looks forward to getting to know some “amazingly enthusiastic young scientists!”

 

Julie Gervais – Aurora Program Faculty

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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!

 

Dr. Brian Moskalik –Extreme Math & Science; Genetics: Nature or Nurture Faculty

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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.

Dr. Crystal Randall – Integrated Science Faculty

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Crystal earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This summer, she is looking forward to helping young scientists discover the role science plays in their daily lives. Dr. Randall’s love for science doesn’t end when she leaves the classroom, either. In her office, she has a rotating model of DNA, science legos, and a giant white blood cell!

 

Dr. Storm Robinson  – Extreme Math and Science @ IMSA Faculty

storm-photo10-11Dr. Norman “Storm” Robinson III is the Executive Director for Professional Field Services, IMSA’s award-winning STEM education outreach programs. Dr. Robinson, an educator and mathematician, has extensive experience as classroom teacher, STEM program developer, and also as an education specialist at NASA Glenn Research Center, National Institute of Aerospace, and NASA Langley Research Center. Dr. Robinson holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning/Mathematics Education from Georgia State University.

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!