Division of Mathematics and Science

Victoria Bampoh

Faculty in Chemistry
BS, MPhil, University of Cape Coast; MS, PhD, Syracuse University.      
Dr. Victoria Bampoh grew up in Ghana but in 2006, she moved to America with a scholarship to pursue a PhD program in chemistry at Syracuse University, New York. She completed her doctoral degree in 2012 and was employed as a lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Rochester. At the University of Minnesota, she was involved in Innovative Teaching and Learning research for four years and then moved to Maryland in 2016. She taught chemistry at Bard High School Early College, in Baltimore, from August 2016 to June 2020. Besides teaching, she loves gardening, traveling, playing the piano and singing Christian songs with her husband, Bismark, and son, Benard, every Sunday at church.

Alessandra Berg

Faculty in Physics
BS, Pennsylvania State University; MEd, Arcadia University; Alli has been teaching in science for over twelve years in an urban setting. Her first teaching role was as a 9th grade physical science teacher at Esperanza Academy in Philadelphia. She then served as science department head from 2008 to 2015, working to establish STEM focused curricular majors such as engineering and health science. She has worked to create inquiry-focused curriculum through first-hand experiences and hands-on exploration. She moved to the DC area in 2015 and has worked in both charter and public schools before coming to Bard. She is very excited to be working the Physics team.

Maya Cyrus

Faculty in Mathematics
BS, Howard University; MSEd, University of Pennsylvania.     
I was born in Washington, DC to two engineers, who met while students at Howard University. I graduated as the valedictorian of my class from Archbishop Carroll High School in 2006. Following in my parents’ footsteps, I attended Howard University, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Music. In 2010, I was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society, earned my license to teach Math in DC, and graduated summa cum laude from Howard.

Hany Eldeib

Faculty in Mathematics
BS, MS, Cairo University, Egypt; MS, PhD, University of Virginia.    
Dr. Hany has extensive experience in teaching Mathematics, Engineering, and Information Technology courses at university and high school levels. He taught at a number of universities in the Washington, D.C. areas including George Mason University and the University of the District of Columbia. He is a veteran of the satellite communications industry and is an advocate of STEM education for youth.

Roseanna Gossmann

Faculty in Mathematics
BA, Mills College; MS, PhD, Tulane University.      
Originally hailing from rural northern California, Roseanna completed her undergraduate studies in Mathematics and Biology with a special emphasis on Education at Humboldt State University and Mills College. She is passionate about math education and educational access, and has a background working with students from prekindergarten through college in extracurricular, event, and in-school settings. She has spent more than a decade learning and teaching math, and has also dabbled in teaching biology, theater, and other subjects. Roseanna earned her PhD in Mathematics from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2018. Her research interests include computational biofluid dynamics, modeling elastic bodies and fluid-elastic interactions, deformation of collapsible tubes, stokes flow, and female reproductive health, as well as mathematical biology and computational mathematics more generally. She applied these in her doctoral research exploring the elastohydrodynamics of a simplified human birth model. When she isn’t teaching and math-ing, Roseanna enjoys spending time with her husband and their small gaggle of kids and pets, reading, writing, playing music, and being mediocre at crossword puzzles.

Kim Huynh

Faculty in Chemistry
BS, Western Michigan University; PhD, University of Maryland.      
Dr. Kim Huynh received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park. She previously taught Chemistry courses at UMD and Carleton College. Dr Huynh’s passion for teaching is rooted in her desire to help more students successfully complete science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees, which notoriously have a high drop-out/failure rate. She strives to teach students how to understand and appreciate the role of chemistry in their lives by not only teaching the material, but explaining why students should care about the material being taught. By drawing connections to the familiar and concrete through real world examples, Dr. Huynh shows students how the material is relevant to them. For over a decade, Dr. Huynh has taught a variety of students from kindergarten to graduate students in a wide range of settings. Outside the traditional classroom, Dr. Huynh enjoys outreach teaching opportunities (e.g. at-risk afterschool programs and STEM awareness events) because she loves to see students of all ages get excited and engaged in chemistry!

Parul Kashyap

Faculty in Biology
BA, CUNY Hunter College; MA, CUNY Hunter College; MS, St. John’s University; PhD, St. John’s University.      
I was born and raised in Patna, India and moved to New York in 2002 when I was 13 and have been a New Yorker since then, till I moved to the DMV area this past summer. I got my PhD from St. John’s University in 2018 in Biological Sciences. My doctoral research focused on studying the molecular mechanism of Transient Receptor Protein (TRP), a family of ion channels found all over the different parts of the body that are involved in sensing various sensations, ranging from pressure to heat (from food). During my doctoral studies, I took a year to teach at The NYC Charter High School at AECI in the South Bronx and loved the experience of working with high school age students and brining the accessibility of science closer to them. The experience of working with high school aged students was enriching that led me to teach at the same high school and teach courses in Biology and Epidemiology and then college Forensic Science with a joint collaboration thorough Syracuse University. Along with teaching, I also introduced various STEM focused after school clubs to allow students to have access to science outside of the classroom. Outside the classroom, I enjoy reading books and attending book clubs, going on road trips with my family and my personal mission to explore as many National Parks in the United States.

Gabriel Morden-Snipper

Faculty in Mathematics
BA, Oberlin College; MA, Hunter College.     
Gabriel Morden-Snipper, a DMV native, has taught at independent and public schools in Brooklyn, NY and Washington, DC for ten years. Prior to joining the founding faculty at Bard DC, he taught at Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC). Since 2018, he has provided professional development for other DC-area teachers as a Math for America Master Teacher. He spends as much of his spare time as possible outdoors with his family. He earned his BA in Politics from Oberlin College and MA in Adolescent Mathematics Education from CUNY Hunter College.

Nathan Sparks

Faculty in Chemistry
BS, University of Maryland, College Park   
Mr. Sparks is a DMV local from Frederick, Maryland. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park for his bachelor of science degree in environmental science and policy, with a minor in sustainability studies. He volunteered with students at Northwestern High School through College and Career Pathways for five semesters before beginning graduate courses in teaching at UMGC. His passion for environmental science lead him to the teaching profession and guides his personal activities. When not teaching or studying, Mr. Sparks spends time jogging around the national mall, biking or walking to complete errands, socializing with friends in the DMV, cooking or baking vegan foods, and listening to music or podcasts while cleaning his apartment.

Daniel Williams

Faculty in Biology
BA, Rutgers University; PhD, Columbia University.  I grew up in Massachusetts where I enjoyed spending time playing sports, learning music, and hanging out with I have a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology, with experience in higher education for 20 years. I have done neuroscience research published in peer reviewed journals. I have taught Biology (General Biology, Genetics, Anatomy & Physiology, and other courses) at many different schools, including Winston-Salem St Univ and Brooklyn College/CUNY. I enjoy a good baseball game, science fiction, taking long walks, and would like to travel more. I am originally from southern New Jersey, so if I sound funny saying “water” or “hot dog” you now know why.

Eric Wistman

Faculty in Physics
BA, Hamilton College; MAT, University of Massachusetts.  I grew up in Massachusetts where I enjoyed spending time playing sports, learning music, and hanging out with friends. I attended Hamilton College for my undergraduate degree where I majored in Physics but enjoyed the wide range of classes offered by the school. After graduating I decided to pursue my interest in education and joined City Year Boston as a corps member. During that year, I made the decision to become a teacher, and joined a teacher training program the following year. Through this program I attended UMass Boston and graduated with my M. Ed. in spring of 2019. I joined Bard DC in the summer of 2019 as part of the founding faculty and am so excited to be a part of this wonderful community.

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