Western Massachusetts Math Circle Profile

The Western Massachusetts Math Circle launched in 2016 and is currently running events for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. They are partially supported by The Clowes Fund

Check out their website here!

Director – Dr. Phillip DeOrsey 

Dr. Phillip DeOrsey is a new faculty member at Westfield State but has been doing outreach for the past three years in Colorado and Virginia. He has facilitated both Math Teachers’ Circles and Math Student Circles. While in Colorado he also contributed to the outreach programs Math on My Mind, Expanding Your Horizons, Technology Student Association, and the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival. In Virginia he worked with an after school program designed to broaden the STEM experiences of gifted and talented students.






Director – Dr. Brian Jennings

Dr. Brian Jennings has been active in working with pre-service and in-service teachers for the past 5 years. He has been a co-facilitator of a number of professional development workshops and professional learning communities aimed at strengthening the content knowledge and pedagogical background of in-service teachers. He has participated in three professional learning communities sponsored through the Western Massachusetts Mathematical Partnership (WMMP), which is directed through the Five College Partnership within the Five College Consortium, once as a higher-education attendee and twice as a high- education co-facilitator, where he worked with teachers at the K-16 level on better understanding such topics as algebraic thinking, fraction sense, and working with students with special needs within the mathematics classroom.