Phil is co-founder of MathHappens and serves on the board. He is also co-founder of TritiumPartners in Austin, TX. Phil took degrees in both math and chemistry as an undergraduate at University of Chicago. Phil attributes his success in his business career to his facility with numbers and understanding of mathematics.
Lauren is co-Founder and acting Director of MathHappens. She has an undergraduate math degree from University of Chicago. She later completed the UTeach Credential Program at University of Texas at Austin. She served as Head of Math at Ace Academy for five years. Lauren is principal co-author of the article: Teaching Algebra Concepts by Modeling Telescope Optics, and has recently returned to UTeach as part of the mentor team for the UTeach Maker Program.
Matt serves on the board of MathHappens. He studied Chemical Engineering at Washington University at St. Louis and recently completed a Professional Master’s degree in Mineral Exploration at Colorado School of Mines.
Alex is also a boardmember for MathHappens. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and is currently residing and working in Northern California.
MathHappens is growing! Jennifer has joined the MathHappens team to support and build our California partnerships. Jennifer obtained her B.S. from University of California at Riverside, where she studied anthropology, sociology and psychology. Jennifer received her MPH in Behavioral Sciences, and her MSW in Planning and Mental Health, both from UC Berkeley.
Michelle was a Mathhappens intern during college in 2016. Since early 2018 Michelle has been working on staff for MathHappens. Michelle has guided numerous field trips, designed and created some of our favorite math activities, and applied her skills to presentations, displays and proposals. Michelle graduated from University of Texas in Winter 2017 with a degree in Psychology.
Elizabeth Lay leads our Math in Texas History program. A sixth-generation Texan with extensive experience in education and education design, she is working to develop hands-on learning experiences exploring the role of math and early mathematical technology in the unique story of Texas. Previously, Elizabeth was an instructional designer, operations director for a healthcare startup and assistant director and teacher with Austin Gifted. In her spare time, she enjoys directing live theater, and is an eight-time Best of Fest winner in Austin’s annual FronteraFest theater competition. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Grinnell College.
Elizabeth Wrightsman is currently working on Special Projects for MathHappens Foundation. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. While working to complete her degree, Elizabeth had the opportunity to tutor various levels of mathematics at Austin Community College, where she discovered her love of teaching and sharing mathematics with the community. Currently, she is working on her PhD in Mathematics Education at Texas State University where she is employed as a Graduate Research Assistant. Elizabeth’s primary research interest is equity in mathematics education and investigating ways to make math more accessible to all. Elizabeth enjoys filling her free time with yoga, video games and geocaching.