Research Team

Principal Investigator, SCC Faculty

Dr. April Strom
Dr. Strom has taught mathematics at the community college level for over 17 years and she is currently serving as the Principal Investigator for an $9M NSF-funded MSP project titled the Arizona Mathematics Partnership. This project is a professional development and research project focused on middle school mathematics teachers in 7 school districts in Arizona, and led by Scottsdale Community College. She has also worked extensively on another NSF-funded project, called Project Pathways, as a researcher and lead curriculum developer at Arizona State University. Strom also currently chairs the national research committee supported by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Strom received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction (emphasis in Mathematics Education) from Arizona State University (2008). The focus of her dissertation research was on secondary teachers’ understanding of exponential functions and the development of a conceptual framework for analyzing knowledge of exponential functions. Strom received her master’s degree in Mathematics Education (1998) and Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (1997) from Texas Tech University.

Researcher, PC Faculty
Frank Marfai
Frank Marfai has taught mathematics for over 11 years, with 8 years teaching experience at the community college level. Prior to joining AMP, he worked as a research assistant on ASU’s Project Pathways. He teaches mathematics at Phoenix College.


Researcher, SCC Faculty
Linda Knop
Linda teaches mathematics at Scottsdale Community College and the Gary. K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy at Arizona State University.  She has Master’s Degrees in Mathematics Curriculum & Instruction and Secondary Mathematics Education from ASU.  Prior to joining AMP, she was Project Coordinator for the NSF-funded Robert Noyce Math Teacher Scholarship Program at ASU.

Researcher, SCC Faculty
Judy Sutor
After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Judy moved to Arizona and worked as an engineer in research and new product development in the Semiconductor Industry.  After 22 years, she decided she wanted to change careers, so she quit her job and became a graduate student in the Math department at Arizona State University.  As a graduate student, she worked as a research assistant on the MSP Grant called Project Pathways, a professional development program for Secondary math teachers.  Dr. Sutor received her PhD in 2010, taught middle school mathematics at a charter school for a year, and then joined SCC as a faculty member.  She serves multiple functions for AMP; she is part of the AMP research team and she facilitates two CCOL groups.

Patrick KimaniResearcher, GCC Faculty
Patrick Kimani
Dr. Patrick MATHuku Kimani received his PhD in Mathematics Education from Syracuse University in 2008. He also holds a M.S in mathematics and a M.S in mathematics education from Syracuse University. Dr. Kimani is originally from Kenya where he was trained as a high school mathematics teacher. He has been part of the faculty at Glendale Community College since 2013. Before joining GCC, he was an Assistant Professor at California State University (Fullerton). He has taught different levels of courses ranging from beginning algebra through graduate-level courses for inservice teachers.  In addition to teaching, he has been active in research projects and PD programs for teachers. From 2010-2013 he was the PI of Collaboration for Leadership and Improving Mathematics Education (CLIME), a $1.95 million grant funded by the California Department of Education. He has published several articles in mathematics education. Currently he is part of the Arizona Mathematics Partnership (AMP) project research team studying middle school teachers’ multiplicative reasoning.

Gabriel Tarr

Gabriel Tarr
Gabriel Tarr is a fourth-year PhD student in Mathematics Education at Arizona State University. Before moving to Arizona, he earned his Master’s degree in mathematics at The University of Kentucky. He has two years of experience teaching at the community college level. When he isn’t busy, he enjoys comics, XBOX, and watching anime/television.

Matt Weber

Matt Weber
Matt is a PhD student in Mathematics Education at Arizona State University. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Brigham Young University and has spent the last eight years working as the math course supervisor at the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City. His interests include athletics such as ultimate frisbee and golf, gourmet cooking, piano, and personal finances.

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Eugene Tan is a PhD student in Mathematics Education at Arizona State University. He holds a Master’s degree in Actuarial Science from Ball State University and spent 5 years working as an actuarial analyst and IT consultant before transitioning into education. When he isn’t busy, Eugene enjoys computer games, puzzles, watching and playing soccer, and food.

Project Administrator
Amie Pierone
Amie holds an Associate’s degree from Scottsdale Community College (2013) and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Arizona State University (2015). She was recruited to AMP as a student at SCC, and now works on the project in various research capacities. Personal interests include playing piano, singing and recording, and baking.