Archimedes Math Schools

A non-profit organization providing quality math
      instruction to elementary school children.

Board of Directors




Anna Stokke, President & Program Director
Ross Stokke, Vice-President & Program Director
Darja Kalajdzievska, Secretary-Treasurer
Robert Craigen
Kingsley Bowles



Anna Stokke, B.Sc. (Math, Brandon U.), M.Sc. (Math, U. Manitoba), Ph.D. (Math, U. Alberta).


Anna Stokke is Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Winnipeg. She and Ross Stokke are parents of two girls who attend public schools in Winnipeg. In 2009 they started a Math Club, which they ran out of their home for three years, for their eldest daughter and 11 of her friends, which eventually became the much larger Archimedes Math Schools!

Anna is a math education advocate and a cofounder of the Western Initiative for Strengthening Education in Math (WISE Math). She received a 2015-2016 YWCA/YMCA Women of Distinction Award in the Community Activism and Social Enterprise category for her work in math education. She also received the University of Winnipeg's Clarence Atchison Award for Excellence in Community Service in October, 2015.

Anna was interviewed for CBC's DNTO in March, 2015. You can hear the story of how Archimedes Math Schools got started in that interview.

Anna has written a number of articles for the Globe and Mail, the Winnipeg Free Press and the Edmonton Journal. Links to her articles can be found here.

Anna has given about 100 media interviews in print, television and radio in her role as a numeracy advocate. One example can be found here (from Feb., 2015): When math doesn't make sense: Stuff for parents. She also appeared on the Lang and O'Leary Exchange: Disappointing math results and was featured in Maclean's Magazine and twice on CBC Cross Country Checkup.


Ross Stokke B.Sc.(Honours Math, U. Manitoba), M.Sc. (Math, U. Manitoba), PhD (Math, U. Alberta).

 

Ross Stokke is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Winnipeg. His mathematical research is in abstract harmonic analysis and functional analysis. He has strongly advocated for improvements to the math curriculum in Manitoba, and has enjoyed assisting with the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest for children in Grades 3 - 12. Ross has loved teaching math to big kids at universities for many years, and has been regularly teaching math to younger children (including to his own daughters!) for over seven years.




Darja Kalajdzievska, B.Sc. (Math, U. Manitoba), M.Sc. (Math biology, U. Alberta).

 


Darja is an Instructor at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba, where she has been teaching mathematics to a variety of students for over ten years. She is currently completing a PhD in mathematics education at the University of Manitoba. Though her background is in Mathematical Biology, she has become very passionate about mathematics education over the past few years. This passion evolved as a result of her many activities as Chair of the Outreach Committee, as well as from her experiences with teaching mathematics to students with a wide range of skills. She is currently the PIMS Manitoba Educational Coordinator.



Robert Craigen, B.Sc. (Math, UBC), M.Math. (Pure Math, Waterloo), Ph.D. (Pure Math, Waterloo).


Robert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba. Keenly interested in "Mathletics" (math competitions and training) he runs the U Manitoba Mathletics training program and acts as Contest Liason with Manitoba High Schools, through which he interacts with some of the truly outstanding mathematics teachers in the province.

For several years he also has directed the IIMS/University of Manitoba High School Problem Solving Workshop which helps students in the Winnipeg area prepare to write the contests.

He also directs the Manitoba Mathematical Competition, written by Grade 12 students across the province, and is a local liaison to the Center for Education in Mathematics and Computing , which organizes most of the Canada-wide public school mathematics competitions.

Robert serves as contest representative on the executive of the Manitoba Association of Mathematics Teachers and from time to time is invited to visit local schools to do enrichment work with students. At the University of Lethbridge he developed a self-help extra-curricular workbook for incoming students whose public school education hadn't prepared them for university-level mathematics. His research is in the field of Combinatorial Matrix Theory, for which he received an early-career recognition by the world-wide Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, Kirkman Medal in Combinatorics.

Robert is a co-founder of WISE Math, an advocacy initiative to address the shortcomings in math education in Western Canada, and in particular certain problems in the current WNCP curriculum. He has spoken of this work for community groups and government organizations, on various radio programs across Canada (such as this appearance on the Rob Breakenridge Show in Calgary). He has also written articles for the Winnipeg Free Press and for the Globe and Mail. Two examples of articles he's written can be found here and here.



Kingsley Bowles, B.A. (U. Manitoba), LL.B. (U. Manitoba).

 

Kingsley was most recently CEO of Precision Metalcraft Inc. He has also been involved in the garbage and recycling, publishing and real estate businesses. Kingsley is a graduate of the University of Manitoba law school. He articled with Aikins MacAulay and Thorvaldson in Winnipeg and was called to the bar in 1998.

Kingsley has volunteered at United Way of Winnipeg where he is currently a board member and for six years served as a member of the Campaign Cabinet and Chaired the Community Investment Committee. He is a board member of United Way Centraide Canada where he sits on the Membership, Governance and Audit committees, is Treasurer and co-chairs the Strategic Planning Task Force. Kingsley is also a board member of the Manitoba Quality Network (QNET) and a former member of the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation Board.

Kingsley lives in Winnipeg with his wife and two wonderful daughters, both of whom have been lucky enough to attend the Math Club run by Anna and Ross. Kingsley believes strongly in the math education Anna, Ross and Robert envisioned and is honoured to work with them.