Ellen Smrekar

I am a first year MACSME student, interested in teaching 9th or 10th grade mathematics.  I’m originally from the Los Angeles area, from a little town called Sierra Madre (no connection to the Humphrey Bogart movie).  I did my undergrad up in Portland, OR at Lewis and Clark College, where I got my BA in Mathematics and a minor in Religious Studies.  It was certainly a unique combination!  Through this minor I spent a semester abroad in Morocco, and even learned a decent amount ofMoroccan Arabic.  When I’m not in a classroom I enjoy climbing and cooking!  I’m looking forward to focusing the research portion of my time at Berkeley on alternative curriculums.