Math I & II
Karl has a B.A. in Chinese from the University of Minnesota and J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. He lived in Taiwan from 1982 through 1985 and from 1998 through 2001, becoming aware of the great differences in K-12 education between the United States and other countries. In recent years he has been a board member of state homeschooling and gifted education organizations in Minnesota and is currently a director of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented. He is an experienced mathematics team coach and a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the International Society for Intelligence Research. His current research topics include mathematics education, education of gifted students, and selective college admissions. He is the father of four children ages twenty-two through eleven.
Karl’s oldest son is now launched into adulthood, pursuing a career in software development. His children at home balance self-directed learning of mathematics, literature, science, and fine art with competitive travel soccer. Alumni of Karl’s ECAE mathematics classes have gone on to success in the UMTYMP mathematics program at the University of Minnesota, regional awards in Midwest Academic Talent Search testing, and qualification for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination.
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Math III & IV
Jolene has a M.S. degree in electrical engineering as well as B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from Iowa State University. She was named ISUs Outstanding Senior in Electrical Engineering in 1987. She worked as an electrical engineer for 15 years before becoming a full-time homeschool parent to her highly gifted son. Early in her career she also taught Power Systems Analysis and Technical Calculus at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She currently teaches middle-school Competitive Math Training through the Edina Center for Academic Excellence and serves on the board of the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented. She also founded the Virtual Math Club (http://virtualmathclub.wordpress.com) for students who are interested in developing their mathematical problem solving skills using problems similar to those found on math contests such as the AMC 8, AMC 10, MATHCOUNTS, or the middle school math olympiads.
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