Who We Are

Cameron Byerley

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Dr. Cameron Byerley is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at University of Georgia. Cameron completed her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at Arizona State University. As a secondary high school teacher, she spent her time wondering how to support students in learning meaningful mathematics. She wanted to know more about how to challenge her students intellectually, while also taking into account the mathematical thinking they brought to her classroom.

Her research involves building models of students thinking and she hopes to return to the secondary classroom as a researcher with the goal of working with a secondary teacher to providing challenging instruction that takes into account students' thinking.

To stay happy and healthy, she explores the world. Some of her more notable expeditions include packrafting in remote Alaskan Wilderness and descending technical slot canyons in the Grand Canyon.

Hyunkyoung Yoon

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Dr. Hyunkyoung Yoon is an instructor at Arizona State University. Hyunkyoung completed her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at Arizona State University, and her master & undergraduate studies at Seoul National University.

Her research interests are on (1) teachers' mathematical meanings for teaching and the relationships between meanings that teachers hold, their instructional actions, and meanings that their students construct, and (2) how students or teachers interpret quantitative representations such as graphs.

Hyunkyoung enjoys staying fit and going to the gym.

Surani Joshua


Dr. Surani Joshua is an Instructional Professional at Arizona State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at Arizona State University, and has bachelor degrees in both Physics and Mathematics. 

Her research is in the area of mathematical meanings for teaching, concentrated on teachers’ and students’ meaning for quantities within a frame of reference. She has worked with teachers in both the U.S. and Korea, and across a range of grade bands.

Min Sook Park


Dr. Min Sook Park is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Park's interdisciplinary academic commitment falls under the area of health informatics by drawing from the interconnections of the traditional research areas of behavioral science and knowledge organization in the field of Information Studies, along with data science, social computing, and information technologies. These research areas are all interconnected in a way that contributes to and accelerates data-driven computationally intensive approaches to health informatics research.


She is also a huge dog and hiking lover.

Anne Waswa


Anne is currently pursuing a PhD in Mathematics Education at the University of Georgia. She has an M.S. in Teaching and Curriculum from Syracuse University and a B.Ed. (Science) from Kenyatta University.


Her research interests are in mathematical creativity and in particular, understanding and fostering pre-service teachers' mathematical creativity.


Anne enjoys listening to music, nature walks and keeping fit.

Laura Valaas


Laura is a medical resident currently in her intern year at Spokane Teaching Health Center before starting her advanced training in Dermatology at University of Washington Dermatology Residency.

She earned her MD from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, her Master's of Health Informatics  from the University of Washington, and B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Whitman College.

She enjoys trail running, biking, hiking, and playing Minecraft with her son. 

James Drimalla


James is currently pursuing a PhD in Math Education at the University of Georgia.

He has an M.S. in Mathematics, a B.A. in Mathematics and Secondary Education, and has taught at both the high school and middle school level.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, reading philosophy and theology, watching basketball, and playing board games.

Sukjin You


Sukjin majored in information studies.

Information retrieval and classification based on machine learning and natural language processing are the areas of Sukjin's interest.

Sukjin loves nature and sports. Sukjin enjoys jogging as the sun rises and playing tennis as the sun sets.

Kevin Moore

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Dr. Kevin Moore is a Professor of Mathematics Education at University of Georgia. Kevin completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Arizona State University, and his M.S. and B.S. in Applied Mathematics at The University of Akron.

His research interests involve students' and teachers' covariational and quantitative reasoning, and particularly how their meanings influence their representational activity.

Kevin enjoys golf and traveling with his wife.

Mina Gong


Mina is a doctoral student in Mathematics Education at the University of Georgia. She has B.S. and M.A. in Mathematics Education.  


Before joining the Ph.D. Program, she taught mathematics at high school for 6 years in the U.S. and South Korea.


She loves cats and enjoys hiking with friends.