Staff Tania Krumpak was raised in Vancouver, BC, where she completed her BA and her BEd, and began her Master’s degree in Curriculum Studies at the University of British Columbia. She began teaching English and Humanities in 2007 at a small independent school on Bowen Island, and continued her practice at Stratford Hall, a larger K-12 private school, in Vancouver. She has been a teacher, administrator, and coordinator in both schools over the past 9 years. She loves good food, good books, and is working on her first novel. She and her husband and two children relocated to Bellingham a year ago, and they live close to downtown with their puppy. Alex Fahad worked for two years in Charlotte, NC as a H.S. math teacher serving a diverse student body. At EA I will be guiding students to look at the natural world, engineering and the arts through the lens of mathematics, with a hands-on focus. Daniel Rommel perused Mathematics & Philosophy at Western Washington University. Outside of EA, he loves spending time outdoors and enjoys making music as a hobby. His math classes are a blend of interactive seminars and real world projects that are reflections of the abstract numbers. Daniel’s foremost passion for teaching is to generate excitement for learning Mathematics. Connecting the various kinds of work she loves is what brought Kathy Weinkle to Explorations early Summer 2015. Kathy’s work at Explorations is related to finance as part of the business team. Outside of EA, Kathy works as a career and academic advisor in higher education and runs a career coaching practice. She has a passion for listening to people’s stories and helping them making connections to figure out what they want to do next. Kathy loves to hike in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and in the winter ski any chance she gets. Gardening, making collages and hanging out with her very energetic almost teenage daughter and her intrepid dog Biscuit round out daily life. Frank was born in Baltimore, Md. However, circumstances took him to Pennsylvania and he never lived in Maryland again. Music was such an integral part of early life that he never imagined being without it. Early on, Frank took piano lessons. He was able to start playing trumpet and do lots of singing in high school. From then on it’s been pretty much an endless stream of lessons, courses, ensembles, bands, orchestras, liturgies, combos, shows, etc. Frank has a BA in Philosophy and Structural Linguistics from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He also received a Masters in Education From Queens University in Ontario, Canada as well as a Masters in Music and Wind Ensemble Literature. He has taught math and music internationally, and currently teaches Integrated Math curriculum at Explorations Academy. Currently Frank plays trumpet in two ensembles at Western, and plays regularly with the talented people of Paul Sorensen’s Northern Lights Jazz Orchestra. He also directs the Bellingham High School Alumni Band. Mornings are spent teaching math and sometimes music at Explorations Academy. He enjoys reading, and teaching math affords him psychological grounding and mental balance.