US Math Recovery Hires Carolyn Olijnek as First CEO

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Math Recovery, a non-profit mathematics intervention council, announces that Carolyn K. Olijnek joins the organization as its first Chief Executive Officer. Olijnek is a forward thinking professional that will lead Math Recovery into the future with proven leadership and management skills and experience. She has supported Math Recovery in numerous ways as a mathematics trainer and as a presenter at various Math Recovery Conferences. She has also created Math Recovery Instructional Guides and created a data analysis tool and framework for the District Assessment Center.

Chairperson of the USMRC Board of Directors, Yvette Panasowich said they are “proud to announce and support Carolyn Olijnek’s appointment as USMRC’s first CEO!  The future is filled with endless possibilities for exponential growth under the direction of our new leader!” Deb Farley, who chaired the Search Team, said “Carolyn Olijnek surfaced as the unequivocal choice.”

Quoting Steve Jobs, Olijnek said, “Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.” She added, “I believe we touch and are touched by the future every day. I welcome the opportunity to reach out to districts and membership, both current and potential, to further the work of Math Recovery.”

Olijnek joins US Math Recovery after working twenty years in the Minnesota public school system as an elementary school teacher with much of her experience in Math. She has also provided mathematics support and training for administrators, K-5 teachers, students, and parents, including development days for district staff.

Olijnek has a M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota-Morris. She has received formal training as a Math Recovery Intervention Specialist and completed the Advanced Specialist, AVMR Champion, and SNAP Facilitator trainings.