Head Coach + Senior NSML
Mr. Kim began his teaching career in a quiet suburb of San Jose, Costa Rica. His teaching assignment was second grade math, seventh grade math, eighth grade math, world history, US history, … and he was the high school gym teacher. Though he loved his time there, he was teaching for free (college loans needed some attention) and dating a girl in Chicago (to whom he is now married). So, he came back to Chicago and found a job at Stevenson.
Mr. Kim began teaching at Stevenson during the 2002-2003 school year. Through the years he has taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Geometry Honors, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Accelerated, Honors Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus Honors, and AP Statistics. As a math team coach, he spent the first few years as the freshman advisor, was the oralist coach for several years, and has been the head coach and sophomore advisor since the 2017-2018 school year. Mr. Kim is also the freshman coach for the boys volleyball team here at Stevenson.
In high school, Mr. Kim did not even know there was such a thing as math team. Niles North is not exactly the mecca for high school math. Still, he enjoyed math enough to become a math major at Northwestern. His proudest math nerd math moment was attending a 6 week math camp in Park City, Utah 6 years ago.
Mr. Anderson has been teaching high school mathematics for 9 years. He currently teaches Geometry Honors and Mathematical Modeling and Design. For math team, Mr. Anderson coaches the freshmen team, calculator team, site organizer for the AMC and assists with Chicago ARML. Mr. Anderson completed his Bachelor’s degree at Trinity International University with a double major in Mathematics and Secondary Education and completed his master’s degree in Mathematics for Teaching at DePaul University. Outside of teaching, Mr. Anderson enjoys hiking outside (recommend: catching a sunrise at Lake Michigan), board games (recommend: Wingspan) and music (fun fact: he plays bass guitar and owns 14 strings worth of bass guitars).
Ms. Renken followed her desire to help people and her love of mathematics to a career teaching high school math. She began teaching in 2011 and could not imagine doing anything else. While Ms. Renken currently teaches Precalculus Honors and Algebra I, she has also taught Geometry, Algebra II, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Math Intervention throughout the years.
Ms. Renken has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Go Illini!). She also has two Master’s degrees in Educational Leadership and Differentiated Instruction. In college, her favorite courses were Number Theory and Real Analysis. In high school, her favorite class was AP Statistics. In her free time, Ms. Renken enjoys exploring new places, watching college sports, and chasing after her young children.
Ms. Albert’s love of math competitions began when she was in high school, competing in some of the first years of the ICTM regional and state competitions. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Benedictine University in Lisle, she went on to earn Master’s Degrees in Teacher Leadership and in Educational Leadership.
Her first years teaching were at her high school alma mater where she taught many levels of algebra, coached frosh-soph softball, and coached the math team. Thirty years ago, she found her way to Stevenson High School and has been taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus and Statistics, many at multiple levels over the years. In addition to being a math team coach for the oralists, she is one of the National Honor Society sponsors at Stevenson.
She is also known for her connection to the Stevenson Science department, as one of her two daughters is a science teacher at SHS.
Ms. Koe’s passion for math began in high school and she
competed in the ICTM regional and state competitions. She
attended The University of Iowa her freshman year to pursue
an engineering degree, but soon realized she had a passion for
students, loved math, and enjoyed teaching. So, she transferred
to Illinois State University where she completed her Bachelor’s
degree in Mathematics with an endorsement in Education. In
college, she enjoyed Calculus and Graph Theory and published
some research papers.
Ms. Koe has been teaching for 3 years and has taught Geometry
Accelerated, Algebra 2, and Foundations of Algebra 1. In her
free time, Ms. Koe enjoys playing volleyball, playing guitar and
piano, and traveling.