Meet Joe Sullivan, Explorations in Math volunteer and budding volunteer leader. Joe has served as a volunteer and crew chief at MathFest, and a game-play and auction volunteer at our fundraiser, Make a Move for Math. Joe’s experience as an EIM volunteer has led him to take on an even more impactful volunteer role in the advancement of the math movement, helping lead volunteers at Math + Science Nights Out. We really enjoy his enthusiasm and his generous donation of time with our organization.
Day job: Operations and Logistics Manager for ImagiCorps, a brand marketing company.
Hobbies, interests: I have many more interests than extra time. I enjoy running—I ran my first marathon in 2011. Also travelling, hot yoga, cooking, reading, live music and spending time outdoors.
Volunteers with Explorations in Math because: Nothing is quite as impactful to the future as educating our young people. Explorations in Math realizes this and contributes to our schools and families to improve the quality of math education. The focus on improving the “math culture” impresses me with the goal of seeing the day when no child says they are “just not a math person!!”
Memorable moment volunteering w/ us: That’s easy … When the doors opened to the gymnasium for my first Math Fest!! It was like they were storming into an amusement park on the first day of summer vacation. So many excited little faces. I had many really wonderful interactions with the kids as well as the parents and fellow volunteers.
What keeps you coming back?: Also a very easy question. I am just constantly impressed with the passion and professionalism of the EIM staff. Their commitment to the mission of changing the way children feel about math is always evident. In addition, everyone I’ve worked with has been incredibly gracious, appreciative and positive. I know they appreciate their volunteers greatly, but I appreciate them allowing me to be part of their success.