People – 2022

The environment and vibe of a community is based on the people who make it come alive. Campersand values and prioritizes its community. They are the ones who teach, model, and mentor our kids to play, ponder, and reflect on their potential. Our community supports the campers, challenging them to stretch and challenge, while still reminding them to be playful.

After two summers of being virtual, our faculty and staff look forward to seeing campers back in-person. We’ve heard you may have grown (a bit) and are ready for some new material & old fashion classroom fun.

We’re excited to have a full roster of faculty who students will see in the classrooms. Our faculty cohort are familiar with teaching and interacting with enthusiastic and curious kids.

We look forward to seeing everyone at camp.


Ashley grew up in a family of mathematicians and caught the bug early.  Her own participation in math contests, a local math circle, and a math/science magnet school sparked her love of both doing mathematics and developing communities of mathematicians.  After a teaching stint at a math/science magnet high school and finishing her Ph.D. in mathematics, she began sharing her love of math with her own kids, which led to starting local math festivals, circles, MathCounts teams, and summer camps.  Her favorite mathematics revolves around symmetries, which she’s looking forward to teaching about this summer.


Wendy is a Professor at the University of Illinois where she has appointments in Political Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Asian American Studies, Law, and at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Mathematics is the tie that holds together her eclectic interests. She has loved math all her life, but really discovered its beauty when she started teaching math to her sons, who love math even more than she does! Her sons wanted to do math with other kids, so she began her own math circle and started teaching at math summer camps. Her mathematical journey has been immensely fulfilling and has taught her that sharing mathematical beauty (especially with children) is the surest and quickest way to multiply its appreciation and joy.

ANITA CHOU, Camp Director

Anita, coming from an electrical engineering background, is deeply interested in math and science education. She holds a special interest in helping radically accelerated kids meet their needs. Towards that end she sits on the board of and is actively involved in several local gifted advocacy organizations. She is excited to be on the forefront of coordinating resources, local and afar, and working closely with families in staging Campersand.


Born and raised in Austin, earning a Ph.D. from the University of Texas in knot theory, Chaim has been at the University of Arkansas since 1994.  With John H. Conway and Heidi Burgiel, he co-authored The Symmetries of Things. He produces large-scale sculptures  based on his mathematical interest in form.

Since his student days, Goodman-Strauss has been intensively engaged in mathematical outreach to the broader community, starting the Saturday Morning Math Group for high school students (still continuing, at UT) and producing the Math Factor podcast and radio segment (2004-2012). He has several years experience working with highly accelerated children at summer math programs. His graphic work can be seen at

JOHN HARTONO, Parent Programming

John is currently avoiding Half-Priced Books, because he can’t help himself from buying more math/science books each time he visits.  His best friend from Harvey Mudd knew about this plight and got him a book on his favorite mathematician, Leonhard Euler for his birthday.  C&! has been a life-changing experience for his family as he has found an inclusive community of folks who love the beauty in math.  In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, exploring nature trails, and listening to history podcasts.


Todd remains equally unskilled in a range of disciplines.  His parents forced him to go to college for a year, but that didn’t stop him from skipping out at the end to be in a rock band.  The fact that you’re reading about him here gives you a clue as to how that ended up.  Ironically in that first year he got hooked on mathematics, physics, and ancient languages, and he stuck with them all the way through his doctoral studies.

Though formally a mathematical physicist with research experience in nonlinear dynamics, Hamiltonian systems, and numerical simulations of black hole collisions, his day job finds him publishing free online lessons for ancient languages with the Linguistics Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.  You might’ve run across some of his box-office hits, lesson series on Old Church Slavonic, Gothic, and even Tocharian.  Yes, those are names of actual languages.  Best not to get him started…

BURTON NEWMAN, Academic Director

Growing up, Burton always wondered what it’s like to be a mathematician and why such brilliant minds would dedicate themselves to this sort of activity. What do they see in it? What do they value? He decided the best way to answer these questions was to become a mathematician himself. He gained the most insight into these questions while working as a counselor for two summers at the Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS) at Boston University.  There, he realized the importance of immersing oneself in whatever culture one is trying to understand. Today he teaches and mentors accelerated math students all over the country.

LEANNA PRIMANI, Parent Programming

Though her background is musical, Leanna, like Anita, is serious about math education for radically accelerated child. She brings parents together to share ideas and resources in a welcoming, non-competitive, and supportive environment. For many years, Leanna has organized the “parent talks” that run along C&! classes. She connects parents to a myriad of speakers, from all corners of the math world, and informs the parent community of opportunities, organizations, and people who can help these kids thrive.

According to Leanna, “There’s nothing like C&! out there anywhere. Having exposure and access to this incredible faculty who teach, model, and ‘get’ these young children has been a game changer for my daughter and our family. It has been a thrill bringing C&! parents together.”


Born and raised in Haifa, Israel, Yo’av crossed the globe to the University of Texas, Austin for graduate studies in Mathematics — specializing in low dimensional topology — following graduation from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology). 

For the past 20 years he has been studying and teaching math at the University of Arkansas. During the school year he teaches at the local Fayetteville Math Circle and in the summer he travels to Japan spending time with family and collaborating with math researchers.


Gunnar grew up rolling in the mud pits of math, but enjoyed math camps and competitions which gave his interests a more tidy expression.  Appreciating the solitary journey of knowledge, he also wanted the social aspects of learning with and from others.  This is why he enjoys Campersand. 

Now in his freshman year at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, Gunnar is still deciding on a major and more importantly trying to figure out how to live life. In the free parcels of time, you can find him in his hammock reading something between Zhuangzi and Philip K. Dick or conducting mini-ethnographies.



Rolfe has been playing with math since he was young enough to be a camper, always looking forward to school breaks when he would have uninterrupted time with his books. It wasn’t until he began teaching mathematics to his sons that he realized how differently things could be taught, how early deep ideas could be introduced, and how kids loved to be challenged. 

Over the last decade he has started a Seattle-area math circle, taught and served as academic director at Epsilon Camp and Campersand, and coached math competition teams.  In his day job he is a security researcher at Privacy Research, LLC, where he is using cryptography to change the way we login and identify ourselves online.  When not playing with math or writing code, Rolfe is outside running, hiking, or skiing with his family.


Martin J. Strauss is a Professor of Mathematics at The University of Michigan. His research interests are in the areas of randomized algorithms, data privacy and fairness, and sustainable energy.

In recent years, he has focused on mathematics outreach and enrichment, specializing in kinesthetic and manipulative activities. He has been a speaker and organizer at numerous Math Circle type events, for students ranging from age 6 and up as well as their teachers.  He has completed the Portal to the Public fellowship at the Detroit Zoo where he was the token mathematician among biologists learning to present science to the public, and he completed a Mellon Fellowship at Michigan, learning to integrate the Arts into his University teaching. He has taught at Epsilon camp 2014–2016 and at Campersand in 2017, serving as kinesthetic mathematics specialist in ’15 -’17.


JVHM is an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Arkansas. His research focuses on the connections between topological and geometric structures on 3-,4- and 5-dimensional spaces, translating tools and ideas from one framework to the other.

Since being in Fayetteville, JVHM has helped with the math department’s Celebration of Mind, organized the weekly MOEMS group, and run a monthly Saturday Morning Math Club. He thinks that at all ages, math is more enjoyable and more powerful when thinking about it with another person.