Michael Lolkus

Michael served as the Omega chapter’s Historian, vice archon and archon for two terms. Upon graduation from Purdue University, Mike joined Teach For America to teach at a stand-alone charter high school in Newark, NJ. For the past five years, Mike has taught Algebra 1 to students from over 40 middle schools in the greater Newark area, with his average student entering high school at the 6th-grade level. During his tenure at his placement school, Michael has served as the Assistant Dean of Instruction and Mathematics Department Chair, overseeing the creation of curriculum for five mathematics courses and providing instructional coaching to four teachers each year. He has been recognized by his organization as the recipient of the first ever “Empathy Award” and second-ever “10,000 Hours Award,” in recognition of his ability to understand and serve the needs of his teammates, as well as mastering his teaching craft. Next year, Mike will be attending Columbia University to pursue his master’s in Mathematics Education and plans to continue working with students in underserved communities.