Sitting with Lucas in Monical's one Saturday during a lunch break in Dr. Kenneth Travers's C&I 336 class, inspiration hit April.  "Lucas, we've learned so many new ways to teach math that students at our old high schools have never seen," she said.  "Wouldn't it be nice if we could share these ideas with students in a week-long workshop..."
...and so the Astoria Math Camp 2000 was born.
Lucas Allen--

Lucas graduated from Delavan High School, a school quite similar to Astoria, in 1995.  He began his studies at the University of Illinois (UIUC) as an engineering major, but by the end of his sophomore year, he had switched to math.  He graduated with a math degree in 1999 and immediately began work on his masters in math education. 

Lucas taught a semester of calculus in the Merit Workshop program at UIUC, and he will be student teaching in the Spring of 2001.  He sets his goals high, hoping to be named both teacher of the year and volleyball coach of the year in Illinois before his career is finished.  You can frequently find him at Champaign's home for volleyball, the Leonhard Center, fine-tuning his game.  Oh, and yes, that white spot in his hair is natural.

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April Bucher--

April graduated from Astoria in 1993.  At Bradley University, she also started in a field other than math, business, but quickly made the change to math education.  April student taught at Peoria Central in 1997, and she taught math the 1997-98 school year at Peoria Manual.  During the 1998-99 school year, she got her master's in math education at the University of Illinois, and she began her Ph.D. the following year. 

April is the director of the innovative Merit Workshop program at UIUC.  When April is not running, kickboxing, or doing math, she fancies herself something of an amateur dietician.

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