SUMMER DISCOVERY STAFF

Rita Gipp - Director DIRECTOR
RITA GIPP
Rita Gipp holds a B.S. in Elementary Education with a Math minor, and a Master’s Degree in Technology Education. Rita served the Janesville school district for 15 years as a Technology Education/Mathematics Teacher, and most recently served Nicolet High School as a Technology/Engineering/Media Teacher before coming to MCDS as our Academic Technology Integration Specialist. Rita has also served as Computer Camp Director at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University.
Amanda Wendt K-2 TEACHER
AMANDA WENDT
Amanda Wendt has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Adaptive Education from Wisconsin Lutheran College. Amanda is a substitute teacher at Madison Country Day School, and serves the same capacity for Poynette and DeForest School Districts. Amanda has been a volunteer in many MCDS classrooms for the past five years. Through Amanda's education and experiences, she has had the opportunity to work with children birth to 6th grade within a wide range settings. She is thrilled to be part of the teaching staff this summer and can't wait to help the students expand upon their technology knowledge and experiences.
Amanda Wendt K-2 TEACHER
TRENT URBAN

Trent Urban graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in Elementary Education. He is currently teaching 3rd grade in Plain, WI. In Mr. Urban's words,
"I am passionate about teaching and I am passionate about technology. I will bring an excitement to your camp that will accelerate your students' learning and springboard them to success. If the material isn't enough to get them pumped up, I promise you my contagious attitude will be."

Amanda Wendt 3-5 TEACHER
ERIN RUMSCHLAG
Erin Rumschlag began her educational experience as a math tutor for upper elementary and middle school students in 2009. In Huntsville, AL she participated in the Gains in Engineering and Mathematical Science (GEMS) program, a two-week internship on Redstone Arsenal consisting of research, facility tours, and team projects. She served for five semesters as the volunteer coordinator for Lee University’s Community Tutoring Center in Cleveland, TN, where she organized and provided tutoring in all subjects – primarily math – for local students K-12. In 2016, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching for Middle Grades (4-8) from Lee University, emphasizing in Mathematics and Social Studies.
Amanda Wendt 3-5 TEACHER
ALLISON SHAVER

Allison Shaver is a Senior at UW-LaCrosse, majoring in Secondary Education - Biology and Broad Field Science. She has practical experience teaching 6th grade Science at Onalaska Middle School. She has also coached students in tennis at Monona Parks and Recreation. Ms. Shaver is a four-semester honors student, and a volunteer in a variety of venues, including LEGO League, the Global Buddy Program, Children's Museum, and the Salvation Army.

 

6-8 TEACHER
JESSE WANG
Jesse Wang is a graduate of UW-Madison, with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently a graduate student studying the Biological impact of metabolic diseases on mesenchymal stem cell activity. Following graduation in May of this year, Mr. Wang will pursue medical school at the UWSMPH this August. He is currently the teaching assistant for two courses at UW - Madison: Biocore 383 (Advanced Cellular Biology), and BME 556 (Biological Systems Engineering). Jesse bring knowledge of CAD design, 3D printing, arduino,and basic coding with MATLAB and C++.
6-8 Teacher 6-8 TEACHER
ETHAN HANZEL
Ethan Hanzel attended UW-Madison for a year before deciding to move out to Scottsdale, Arizona to pursue schooling and a career in film making. He's currently studying film editing and has experience 3D printing for prop design, creating costume design, and making silicone molds for makeup, among other things. After graduation in December, Ethan plans to continue expanding work with his production company in larger cities, such as LA and Atlanta. He's thrilled to be part of the Summer Discovery team and is looking forward to seeing the fun the kids will have with the knowledge we bring them. Ethan will teach Group 6-9, Sessions 1 & 2.
6-8 Teacher 6-8 TEACHER
BRITTANY JUDKINS
Brittany Judkins has been teaching mathematics for four years. She student taught at Madison's East High School the fall of 2013 and has worked at Madison Country Day School since the spring of 2014. In her time at MCDS, she has taught Math 6, Math 7, Math 8, Geometry, Algebra II, Trig & Precalculus, and IB Mathematics SL-1. Ms. Judkins earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Beloit College. She earned a Master of Arts in Education degree from Edgewood College. Brittany will teach Group 6-9, Sessions 3 through 6.