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Mike Avink
Mike Avink has taught math at NLCP for eight years, and in Chicago for ten years. He earned a major in mathematics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He and his family have lived in North Lawndale for nine years, and they are committed to seeing growth, restoration, and reconciliation in the North Lawndale community. His family consists of his wife, Lindsey, and their three children, Caleb, Lily, and Paxton. Outside of teaching, his other passions include following Jesus, loving his family, serving the Church, biking, hiking, travelling, and playing and watching sports.
Sandy Donahue
This is Ms. Donahue’s fifth year at NLCP. Before becoming a Phoenix, she taught 8th grade at ASPIRA on the north side of Chicago. She graduated from Illinois State University with Bachelors in Business Administration and a minor in insurance. Ms. Donahue worked in the corporate world while also teaching dance, and colorguard. Through these activities she found her passion for teaching. She decided to attend DePaul University, where she became a Master of Arts of Mathematics Education.
Kelly Martin
My Name is Mr. Kelly R. Martin. I am a graduate of Illinois State University 1994 with a BS in Economics. I also graduated from National Louis University in 2006 with a Masters Of Arts in Teaching (MAT). I have been teaching Mathematics at North Lawndale College Prep since 2006.
Some Achievements:
• Mathematics Tutor of the Year 1993
• Newcomer of the year for the ISU Men’s Basketball Team 1992
• IHSA 2008 Class 2A Boys Basketball Championship (Assistant Coach)
• Teacher of the Year 2014-15
• Athletic Director 2016 /Assistant Athletic Director 2011-2015
• Vice Chairmen of NLCP Associates Board 2012-present
• Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc

Mathematics is best learned when students are active participants in the learning process.  Learning experiences should allow students to emulate the practices of mathematics in the field. Students should justify their thinking, make conjectures, develop and evaluate mathematical arguments and proofs, work both individually and with others, build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving, engage in mathematical discussions and debates, use multiple representations to make connections among mathematical ideas, prepare write-ups of investigations and inquiries, and present findings to peers.

Department Mission Statement

It is the mission of the mathematics department to engage students in rich and rigorous learning experiences that prepare them for college and for life.  Through experimentation, inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork, students will be provided with experiences that will enable them to become effective decision makers and problem solvers in this increasingly technological world. The math department is utilizing the Illinois State Standards and is transitioning to the Common Core standards that dictate the SAT.

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