Our Teachers

Learn about our talented group of teachers that lead the UB Summer Math Program.

Program Director

Ji-Won Son

Program Director, Summer Math Program
Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education

Ji-Won Son joined the Department of Learning and Instruction as an assistant professor of mathematics education in August 2013. Prior to that, she spent five years as an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Son received her doctorate from Michigan State University in 2008 with an emphasis in mathematics education and taught elementary and middle school students in South Korea for four years.

Son's research centers on the intersection of mathematics education and curriculum and instruction.
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Teachers

Celal Ayder

Celal Aydar has been teaching math for 17 years at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He loves teaching and working at Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School as a college guidance advisor. Among the positions he has held during his career as an educator — including director of counseling, AP coordinator, math department head and math teacher — he enjoys his current role as an advisor the most. Helping students to reach their goals gives meaning to his life.

Aydar earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics education in 2000. After completing his master's in educational leadership this semester, he will be working toward his PhD in curriculum, instruction and the science of learning with an emphasis in mathematics education.

Anna Clifford

Anna Clifford, a current graduate student earning her EdM in adolescent mathematics education at UB, recently graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a BA in mathematics and a NYS teaching certification in mathematics for grades seven to 12. Originally from a small town in northwestern New Jersey, she fell in love with New York after spending four years attending college here and decided to move to Buffalo to pursue her graduate education.

Clifford has gained valuable experience working closely with mathematics students. In Boston, she worked as a seventh grade TA at MathPOWER, an urban summer math academy. She taught eighth, ninth and tenth graders during her student teaching experience, covering math 8, algebra and geometry content. This past year, she worked at UB’s Gifted Math Program as a teaching assistant for the GMP I class. Clifford learns just as much, or more, from her students as they learn from her, and she is very excited to work with the bright young minds in Summer Math Program.

In her free time, Clifford enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, yoga, reading, swing dancing and playing the French horn.

Jeri Diletti

Jeri Diletti is a doctoral candidate at the University at Buffalo. She is majoring in curriculum, instruction and the science of learning with an emphasis in math education. She earned her BS in information systems at Buffalo State College and her MSEd in secondary mathematics education at Niagara University.

Diletti’s research interests include textbook analysis, curriculum alignment and teachers concerns in the enactment of curriculum. Her most recent publications include “What Can We Learn from Textbook Analysis?” (from “What Matters? Research Trends in International Comparative Studies in Mathematics Education”) and “A Study of How Angry Birds Has Been Used in Mathematics Education” (from “Digital Experiences in Mathematics Education”).

Diletti is currently the president of the math education student alumni group and an adjunct instructor at the University at Buffalo. For the last 10 years, she has worked at Akron High School in Akron, NY teaching courses in remedial algebra, algebra, algebra 2, trigonometry and intermediate algebra. She is the math department chair and the chair of the education study council for Akron High School.

Patti Doyle

Patti Doyle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and mathematics from SUNY College at Brockport and a Master of Science in math education from Medaille College. She is New York State certified for math in grades 7 to 12. She was the 2013 NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Excellence Award recipient for teaching excellence.

Doyle is currently a PhD student at the University at Buffalo majoring in curriculum, instruction and the science of learning with a math education concentration, and is also pursuing an advanced certificate in applied statistical analysis. She is an adjunct instructor at the University at Buffalo and the College at Brockport where she teaches all levels of mathematics. She is also an instructor for the Gifted Math Program at the University at Buffalo, a program that caters to area high school students.

Previously, Doyle taught math at Genesee Community College and Monroe Community College.

Jessica Eisenhauer

Jessica Eisenhauer is originally from Buffalo and has lived in Western New York her entire life. She is currently a graduate student earning her EdM in adolescent mathematics education at UB. She recently graduated from UB with a BS in mathematics (actuarial science concentration), with minors in biostatistics and economics.

Eisenhauer was a teaching assistant in UB's Department of Mathematics for the 2015-16 and the 2016-17 school years in calculus I and II. She also worked in the Math Help Center and currently tutors local high school students.

SeungJung Jo

SeungJung Jo is originally from South Korea. She earned her BA in history and English language and literature while in Korea. She completed her master's in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at SUNY Albany and is currently in pursuit of her PhD in curriculum, instruction and the science of learning at the University at Buffalo. Her academic interest is early childhood and elementary mathematics.

Jo is currently a classroom teacher at the UB Early Childhood Research Center. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, baking and cooking.

Laura Kiel

Laura Kiel is a current graduate student at the University at Buffalo, studying to earn her EdM in adolescent mathematics for grades five to 12. As a recent graduate from the State University of New York at Geneseo, she earned her BA in mathematics and New York State teaching certification in grades seven to 12. She loves working with students of all ages because she feels she has the opportunity to make a difference every single day.

Kiel's teaching experience spans across a number of grade levels. At Starpoint High School, she teaches a remedial math lab for students in algebra, geometry and algebra 2/trigonometry, as well as an SAT/ACT prep course. She previously taught math for grades five through eight at a catholic school in Buffalo. Prior to that, Kiel was a teacher and Assistant Director at Huntington Learning Center. 

Kiel grew up south of Buffalo and loves the area too much to ever leave. Her hobbies include listening to Beyonce, frequenting T.J.Maxx and Marshalls, water skiing and playing tennis. She is very excited to get to know all of the young ladies who will be joining us for the Summer Math Program in July.

Luke Petrosino

Luke Petrosino is from Auburn, NY, a small city outside of Syracuse. He graduated from UB with a BA in health and human services concentrating in early childhood and is now a master's student in UB's early childhood/childhood education program.

Petrosino has a wide range of experience with children, in and out of the classroom. For the 2015-16 school year, he interned and volunteered in a second-grade classroom in the Williamsville school district. Currently, he is a teacher at EduKids in Williamsville. Through his coaching and managing with the Soccer for Success program (U.S. Soccer Foundation), he has gained experience in a number of Buffalo public schools, charter schools, community centers and parks around Buffalo.

Petrosino is a sports fanatic in his free time, with soccer, tennis, golf and hockey as his favorites. Along with this he loves cooking, working with computers and playing the drums.

Alexandria Porter

Alexandria Porter will earned her EdM in adolescent mathematics education at UB in May. She earned her BS in secondary mathematics education with a fifth to sixth grade extension and a minor in Spanish at Buffalo State College.

Porter currently works at the Alternative School in Niagara Falls City School District where she works with inner city youth and teaches grades nine to 12.  Her other experiences include working as a TA at UB’s Gifted Math Program, teaching at The Huntington Learning Center, volunteering in her community, and substituting in local school districts. In the winter she likes to snowboard and in the warmer months she likes to go to the beach, go camping and kayaking.

Porter is thrilled at the opportunity to get students excited about math and to explore various concepts through project-based learning.

Colleen Reidy

Colleen Reidy earned her master’s degree in adolescent math education from UB in May. Prior to becoming a teacher, she earned her BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) and interned at four different engineering companies. Ms. Reidy has worked as a tutor at Sylvan Learning in Williamsville, and this year worked as a teaching assistant for the UB Gifted Math Program.

Reidy loves knitting, cardmaking/scrapbooking, Broadway musicals (especially Hamilton) and brain teasers. She is looking forward to a great summer getting to know everyone in the Summer Math Program.