Organizers

The first Math in Motion…Girls in Gear! was a Durham District School Board event organized by Judy Shanks in 2004. Since 2012 it becomes an annual outreach event of the department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). The event is organized and run by a motivated and dedicated committee of women, most of whom are alumni or faculty of CMS. 

Judy Shanks

H.B.Sc., Comp. Sci. & Math (UTSC), B.Ed. (OISE/UT)
Prior to teaching, Judy worked in the Financial Services industry. Currently Judy teaches mathematics and is a Math Club and Competitive Math Team advisor at Pickering High School, DDSB, on the writing team for the Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Mathematics Contests, is the creator of Math in Motion … Girls in Gear!, and a co-creator of Think About Math at the University of Waterloo. Judy has eight siblings, is married with two adult children, and enjoys travelling, live theatre, reading, playing bridge and socializing with friends.

Sophie Chrysostomou

B.Sc., M.Sc.
Sophie is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in mathematics at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She joined UTSC in 1989. Her passion and interest in mathematics has mutated over the years to include a passion of inspiring her students (and not only!) to study and to excel in mathematics. For this reason she has been involved in outreach activities to motivate young students to remain active in mathematics. She is a regional Representative of the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest, an annual contest for grades 1-12 and also a co-organizer of “Math in Motion… Girls in Gear!” Sophie also enjoys traveling, board games, musicals, hiking, snorkelling and long walks at the beach.

Carol Miron

H.B.Sc, Math & Geo (UTSC),B.Ed. (OISE/UT), M.A, Mathematics & Statistics (York)
Carol is the Assistant Curriculum Leader for Math and Numeracy at Don Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto. She is passionate about students using technology to experience, communicate about and create math in different ways. Carol is a member of several organizations including Math in Motion…Girls in Gear! and is the VP of SAME organizing the annual Scarborough Math Olympics. Carol enjoys spending time with her husband and son, reading, doing puzzles, skiing and binge watching television series involving music or conspiracy theories.

Carol MironCarol MironH.B.Sc, Math & Geo (UTSC),B.Ed. (OISE/UT), M.A, Mathematics & Statistics (York)

Carol is on leave in 2018-19 from Don Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto to be part of the Grades 9 to 11 Courseware project at the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing. She is passionate about students using technology to experience, communicate about and create math in different ways. Carol is a member of several organizations including Math in Motion…Girls in Gear! and is the Treasurer of SAME organizing the annual Scarborough Math Olympics. Carol enjoys spending time with her husband and son, reading, doing puzzles, skiing and binge watching television series involving music or conspiracy theories.

June LeeJune LeeH.B.Math (U of Waterloo), B.Ed (OISE/UT)

June is currently teaching Grade 6 with the Toronto District School Board. Before her career in teaching, she worked in the IT Consulting industry for five years. Although the consulting world was fun and exciting, June could not deny her passion to teach – especially in mathematics! She has 2 little energetic boys, aged 2 and 4. June is secretly hoping her boys will embrace mathematics (just like their mom) when they grow older!

Sheila Lepoutre Sheila Lepoutre H.B.Sc. (UTSC)

Sheila is currently working at Brookfield Asset Management as a Business Analyst. She enjoys the fast pace of the industry and the always changing technologies that are used in the company. There are always problems to solve or a new application or system to learn when working in a large organization. Sheila enjoys spending time with her busy family and playing hockey and baseball. Math has always been Sheila’s favourite subject which influenced her decision to major in computer science and mathematics.

Lisa ShaoLisa Shao

Lisa graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough, specializing in Cell and Molecular Biology. Growing up, she was always fond of math and joined the math club throughout high school. She attended ‘Math in Motion… Girls in Gear!’ when she was in grade nine and continued to be involved in the event to inspire young girls to pursue subjects in STEM. Lisa is currently pursuing her Masters of Science at the University of Toronto St. George through the Department of Molecular Genetics. She has been using her basic computer science and mathematics knowledge to analyze the results from her research experiments and to draw scientific conclusions. In addition, Lisa continues to work in her university residence, mentoring undergraduate students in various fields of STEM. At home, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her younger brother, Kevin.

Gobika SithamparanathanGobika Sithamparanathan

Gobika is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Human biology and Neuroscience. Growing up she has always liked math despite the challenges it throws in her way. She is a pre-med student whose goal is to finish medical school and travel and help those that are in desperate need for free healthcare. Besides her busy academy schedule, Gobika is committed to giving back to the community through volunteer involvement both on and off campus. She also manages to take time to treat herself to episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and other TV series.

Minty ZhangMinty Zhang

Minty started her career as a software development engineer after she graduated from UTSC in June 2016. She is an international student and enjoys helping others and getting involved in the communities. She has volunteered for the Department of Student Life at UTSC, the Math Kangaroo Competition and many community events, and of course, the “Math in Motion Girls in Gear” event since her freshmen year. While being strongly attracted by the art of algorithms and enthusiastically exploring the world of Computer Science, Minty is also a big fan of traveling and exploring the physical world, she just started a resolution to visit 2 new countries every year since 2015, and is actively achieving it!

Alumnae Committee Members:

Cathy Jason
Cathy Jason
Megan Shanks
Megan Shanks
Jeannette Rensink
Jeannette Rensink
Lisa Tucker
Lisa Tucker
Stephanie Mckean
Stephanie Mckean
Brenda Yates
Brenda Yates