CAMP Staff 2016

We are excited to announce our enthusiastic and talented staff of math educators for Summer 2016!

Senior Staff 

Frances Stern

Frances teaches math to teachers and students in New York City, working with struggling students and those eager for more and deeper math.  She has a master’s degree in mathematics and has written two books for parents and teachers, both titled Adding Math, Subtracting Tension, for grades pre-k to 2 and grades 3-5.  Drawing, painting, hiking, folk dancing, reading and, most recently, learning to juggle are favorite non-math activities.



Susan Tarnowicz

Susie is a visual artist who makes paintings, drawings, installations and short form writing. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Painting, and has since lived and worked in Italy, VT and NY as a dairy and vegetable farmer, participating in artist residencies, and teaching both middle school and high school art.  While teaching middle school girls she discovered the pragmatics of Mathematics in art education and designed curriculum to support learning in both subjects.   Last summer Susie was awarded two artist residencies through the Byrdcliffe Colony in Woodstock NY and the The Dune Shacks in Cape Cod MA through Peaked Hill Land Trust for whom she feels extremely grateful.  Most recently Susie moved across the river to Germantown NY pursuing her career in Art Education, and is thrilled to be teaching Mathematical Art at the Bard Math CAMP.

Yulia Genkina
Yulia Genkina is a Computer Science and Math teacher at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. She volunteered with Math-M-Addicts for a year and is now working for a NYC non-profit called CSTUY (Computer Science and Technology for Urban Youth). Aside from teaching and programming she enjoys singing and playing music, volunteering for the circus, hiking and kickboxing.

Junior Staff

Meagan Kenney

Meagan is going to be a sophomore at Bard College this fall. She is a prospective double major in Mathematics and Theater. In the past Meagan has enjoyed tutoring her peers in math as well as tutoring elementary and middle school students. She loves to help people see the beauty in math that can be found by simply looking a little bit closer at any problem or formula. Aside from math and theater Meagan loves to make music, play frisbee, read, and go on adventures.


Victoria Chayes

Victoria is a rising senior at Bard College, joint-majoring in both physics and math. She has been interested in math ever since she was a young child, as her father, a professor at UCLA, taught her algebra right alongside when she was learning how to read. Victoria has been a tutor for the Bard Math Department for the past two years, as well as a counselor at a local theater summer camp.

Alexis Zheng
Sophomore, prospective math major. 

Jessica Liu
Student Program Coordinator

HS Volunteers

Michael Liu – Kingston High School

Alex Warren – The Bronx High School of Science


Program Director: Japheth Wood, PhD 

Japheth is a math professor at Bard College, whose involvement in the math circle movement has included directing the New York Math Circle, helping lead the Math Association of America‘s SIGMAA on Circles, as well as co-founding and co-directing the Bard Math Circle. Japheth envisions math circles as an effective way for mathematicians around the world to make a greater impact on math education at all levels, as well as opportunity to refresh and innovate their own teaching. He has also worked extensively with pre-service math teachers through Bard’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, supervised math research project in the Bard Prison Initiative, and is now working with the Bard undergraduate college. 

Lauren Rose 

Lauren Rose has been a mathematics professor at Bard College since 1997.  She received her PhD in Mathematics from Cornell University and has taught mathematics at Cornell University, Rutgers University, Ohio State University, and Wellesley College, in addition to Bard College.  She is the co-founder of the Bard Math Circle and the Mid-Hudson Math Teachers Circle, which provide enrichment programs for middle school students and teachers in the Hudson Valley.  She is also Director of the Math Major in the Bard Prison Initiative.  Her current research interests include the Mathematics of Puzzles and Games, Voting Theory, and Integer Splines.