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For Middle School Students Entering 7th & 8th Grades


Program Directors

T. Huffman

Tanya Huffman, M.A.

Mrs. Huffman has taught undergraduate   level mathematics since 2005.  She has  developed inquiry-based curriculum materials for introductory statistics and calculus courses and facilitated workshops on developing Process-Oriented Guided-Inquiry Learning (POGIL) activities. She coordinates business calculus courses and mentors new faculty. Her classes utilize active learning and technology enhancement - clickers, mobile devices and team-based learning with game play (Math Jeopardy). She is a member of the organizing committee for the undergraduate mathematics conference. She writes  High School tests for the FGCU annual mathematics competition and FGCU STEM competition. She is a member of the judging panel for the middle school science fair. She is a faculty member of the FGCU Honors Program, Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Initiative and Whitaker Center for STEM Education. She is a senior faculty personnel for the STEM Professional Academy for Reinvigorating the Culture of Teaching (SPARCT) program.


T. Huffman

Rob Nichols, M.A.

Mr. Nichols has spent 7 years teaching  middle and high school mathematics at the  Canterbury School in Fort Myers, FL prior to spending 3 years teaching undergraduate mathematics at FGCU.  He is a Faculty Assistant Coordinator supervising graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants for the mathematics department. In addition to teaching undergraduate mathematics, Mr. Nichols has taught courses in the College of Education regarding teaching strategies and models for teachers in K-12 and math methods for grades 6-12. Mr. Nichols is the Co-Director of the FGCU Mathematics Competition and the FGCU STEM Competition. He is a faculty member of the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Initiative at FGCU specifically looking at a new instructional method called the “Flipped Classroom.”  He serves on the Secondary Education & Alternative Certification Advisory Board for the College of Education as the Department of Mathematics Representative.

Program Personnel

Rachel Campbell

Rachel Campbell, M.S.

Chemistry Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University
Dissolving Metal Activity Leader


Kevin Davies

Kevin Davies, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Florida Gulf Coast University
Spectrometer Activity Leader


Tanya Kunberger

Tanya Kunberger, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Founding Faculty member in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University
Bridge Construction and Testing Competitions Leader


Menaka Navaratna

Menaka Navaratna, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Mathematics at Florida Gulf Coast University
Program Curriculum Specialist   


Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. Computer Programming Activity Leader