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The Math Fellows of MLK Early College (Middle and High School)

Gabriela Ruiz, the Fellow Coordinator, is originally from Los Angeles and is the Fellow Coordinator at MLK Jr. Early College. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from California State University, Long Beach. Her favorite part of working with fellows is seeing them grow. “Just like with kids, fellows hit that moment when they get it. Helping fellows develop and seeing students grow are two of my favorite things, both very rewarding.” said Gabriela.
Ian Sommer is originally from Portland, OR and is currently a Denver Math Fellow at MLK Jr. Early College. He graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing from Portland State University. Ian became a fellow because he’s interested in getting into education and thought this is a nice way to get in and start to learn. He said, “it’s nice to get some mentorship before stepping into a classroom with 30 students.”
Carrie Gromis is a Denver Math Fellow at MLK Jr. Early College. She’s orginially from Philadelphia, PA. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Towson University in Baltimore and received a Masters in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. She’s currently enrolled in the Relay Graduate School of Education, where she’s studying secondary English. She became a Math Fellow because she has all sorts of education and experience but her end goal was to be in the classroom. She said, “this was a good way to work with an underserved community as well as get my foot in the door. It’s aligned with my long term goal.”
Christine Miller is originally from Chicago, IL and is in her 4th year as a Math Fellow at MLK Jr. Early College. She received her BS in Finance and Management and another BS in Accounting from Metro. She said she always wanted to do work with young people. “I know there are a lot of kids that don’t like math. I wanted to inspire and encourage young people that they could do well in math and hopefully, that leads to other things down the road,” said Christine.
Debra Daniels is originally from South Dakota but has been living in Denver for 25 years. She’s serving as a Denver Math Fellow at MLK Jr. Early College. She has a BA in Psychology from South Dakota State University and a Masters in Counseling Guidance and Personal Services. She said seeing other districts around Colorado showed her that public education doesn’t look the same district to district. “Growing up for me, it did and I wanted to close some of those gaps,” Debra said.
Ellen Smith is a Denver Math Fellow at MLK Jr. Early College. She is originally from Dallas, TX and graduated from Colorado College, where she studied Geology and Math. When asked why she became a fellow, Ellen said, “I’m thinking about becoming a teacher and didn’t want to start off with my whole classroom right away. I thought this would be a better transition to test out teaching.”
Han Nguyen is originally from Texas and is serving as a Denver Math Fellow at MLK Jr. Early College. He went to Texas Tech for Biochemistry and Georgia Tech for Applied Mathematics. He said, “I became a fellow because I wanted to give a year of service and it was a chance to see if teaching was for me. If they learn something during class, in a way, it came from you.”
Isabel is fourth year fellow at MLK Jr. Early College. Originally from Columbia, she studied Nursing from Maria Auxiliadora Technical College. She said, “I became a fellow for the opportunity and I’ve always liked math.”
Perrin Bischoffberger is originally from Fort Worth, TX and is another fourth year fellow at MLK Jr. Early College. She received her bachelors in Spanish with a minor in Sociology from Southern University. She orginially became a fellow to gain experience in education. She said, “A good way to dip my toes in the water and determine if I like teaching. Now, I enjoy working with kids that wouldn’t otherwise get tutoring and building those relationships.”