CIGSA Officers for 2020-2021
Michael Lolkus - President
Upon graduating from Purdue University in 2012, Mike
joined Teach For America and taught at his placement
school in Newark, NJ for five years. Throughout his
tenure, Mike served as an Algebra teacher, the
Mathematics Department Chair, and a member of the
Instructional Leadership Team. He worked to develop
rigorous mathematics curriculum and supported teachers
as an instructional coach for the school.
While pursuing his master’s degree at Teachers College,
Columbia University, Mike continued teaching College
Algebra and developing curricular materials for the
Dolciani Mathematics Learning Center at Hunter College
in New York City.
Currently, Mike is pursuing his Ph.D. in Mathematics
Education at Purdue University. His research interests are
centered around equity in mathematics education.
Specifically, he is interested in exploring mathematical
identities in students and teachers, as well as investigating
impacts of study abroad on teachers’ secondary
Soo Won Shim – Vice President
Soo Won Shim is a doctoral student in science education and is also pursuing a MS in biology education. Her research interest lie at the intersection of STEM education, cross-cultural education, and educational psychology.
Erin Rondeau-Madrid – Senator
Erin is a third-year PhD student and Ross Fellow in Curriculum Studies. She also teaches a first-year education course for pre-service teachers and a global seminar course for students who have studied abroad. Previously, she was a teacher of French language, literature, and culture for nine years, working in secondary education in France, and in higher education in the United States. Additionally, she has taught study abroad courses on French immigration for U.S. university students in Paris.
She earned her M.A. in French Literature from Purdue University, her B.A. in French from George Mason University, and a B.S. in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research focuses on critical pedagogies and social justice issues here and abroad, specifically, how students living with mental illness are included in today’s classrooms.
Hanan Alyami - Web Master
Prior to coming to West Lafayette, Hanan earned her master's in mathematics at Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There, she taught various mathematics courses at Ivy Tech Community College.
Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics Education at Purdue University. She is a teaching assistant and co-instructor of secondary integrated STEM methods. Her research interests are centered around ways of thinking about mathematics content. Specifically, exploring ways of thinking about mathematics concepts in different mathematical and STEM related contexts.