SITE Interns

SITE: Summer Internships for Tomorrow’s Educators

SITE – Summer Internships for Tomorrow’s Educators—provides college education and STEM majors with training, mentorship and support, feedback, and classroom opportunities to teach IMSA-created, hands-on, minds-on  STEM content to students in IMSA’s summer programs.  SITE interns receive IMSA-led training in inquiry-based teaching techniques, material preparation, classroom management, and the elements of successful informal STEM learning. SITE interns work and teach alongside IMSA curriculum specialists and IMSA high school students who are part of the ALLIES program, a STEM leadership and teacher development program for high school students.

 Samantha Miller

Sam Miller

This will be Sam’s fourth summer@IMSA. She started as a summer assistant, then was a SITE intern, and last year and will be returning for her second year as our summer team lead. Sam graduated this spring from St. Ambrose University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education. She just completed her student teaching and will be continuing her education this fall at St. Ambrose in pursuit of a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Sam has worked with students from pre-school age through high school, and loves helping students expand their knowledge of STEM. Fun Fact: Sam LOVES to travel!

Karen Ramirez

karen RKaren is a rising senior at Central Michigan University where she is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics and secondary certification in ESL. This will be her second year with Summer@IMSA and she is looking forward to seeing kids she had the opportunity to grow with last summer, as well as meeting and getting to know a lot of new ones!. Fun Fact: Spanish was Karen’s first language so she has a love for ESL/ELL programs.

Brianna Piccininni

brianna P.

Brianna graduated with a degree in Mathematics and minor in Chemistry from Michigan State University this May. She will be student teaching this upcoming year in pursuit of her teacher certification from MSU as well. She has worked with a range of students from third grade to twelfth grade, and this is Brianna’s second year working with Summer @ IMSA. She is very excited to continue to working with this year’s campers exploring many fascinating STEM subjects!  Fun Fact: both of her parents are math teachers, too!

Ellen Royal

Ellen G.Ellen is a rising senior at Brown University studying Physics. She has worked with students from preschool all the way through high school and loves sharing her passion for science with others. This is her second summer at IMSA, and she is excited about the opportunity to continue to grow as a teacher and connect with a whole new group of students. Fun Fact: in her spare time she draws portraits!

Samantha Wicks

dsc_0016.jpgSamantha is a rising sophomore at the University of Florida, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Special Education. Samantha has experience working with children ages 3-12, and has also volunteered with children and adults with special needs. She is passionate about helping students learn, grow, and discover their amazing potential. This will be her first summer at IMSA and she is so excited to have this opportunity to grow her own knowledge and skills. Fun fact: Samantha played softball for 13 years.

Gabriel Jankowski

IMG_6794Gabe is a rising senior at the Florida Institute of Technology where he is a double major in Biology and STEM Education. While this is his first year at Summer@IMSA, Gabe is no stranger to IMSA, as he is a member of the Class of 2016, and is very excited to be back on campus for the summer. Gabe has been in and out of the classroom for his whole college career, teaching at levels from elementary to high school. Fun Fact: Gabe just won first place in the science fiction/fantasy category at the FITV Film Festival, a film festival on his campus.

Andrew Lifka

IMG_7308 (1)Andrew is a rising junior at the University of Notre Dame, where he is pursuing a major in Mathematics with a secondary education concentration and a supplemental major in Theology. Andrew has experience with teaching students ranging from middle school to high school in physics and religion. This is Andrew’s first Summer@IMSA, and he is excited to meet all the students and share with them all there is to learn in STEM.  Fun fact: Andrew is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, and threw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field when he was seven!

Justin Shiau – Summer Assistant

IMG_1623Justin is in year four of the six-year pharmacy doctorate program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a Provost Scholar. For the past two years he has also served as a supplemental instructor for Organic Chemistry. This will be Justin’s third summer at IMSA—he was a Noyce Foundation funded scholar SITE intern his first year, and a SITE intern last year. As a result of his experience at IMSA, Justin hopes to eventually teach at the college level.