Michael Lolkus

Graduate Student


Upon graduating from Purdue University in 2012, Michael joined Teach For America and taught at his placement school in Newark, NJ for five years.  Throughout his tenure, Michael served as an Algebra teacher, the Mathematics Department Chair, and a member of the Instructional Leadership Team.  He worked to develop rigorous mathematics curriculum and supported teachers as an instructional coach for the school.

While pursuing his master’s degree at Teachers College, Columbia University, Michael continued teaching College Algebra and developing curricular materials for the Dolciani Mathematics Learning Center at Hunter College in New York City.

Currently, Michael is pursuing his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at Purdue University. His research interests are centered around equity in mathematics education. Specifically, he is interested in exploring mathematical identities in students and teachers, as well as investigating impacts of study abroad on teachers’ secondary mathematics instruction.


  • B.S. – Mathematics Education, Purdue University
  • M.A. – Mathematics Education, Teachers College, Columbia University