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Instructional Staff

Ian Banta
Math APP Instructor
Academic Enhancement
859.257.1356
Ian.banta@uky.edu

Ian is originally from Nicholasville, Kentucky. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance and a minor in mathematics from the University Of Kentucky (UK) in May 2009. After graduating, Ian didn't stray too far from UK's campus - he joined the staff at the Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) on UK's campus where, among other responsibilities, he served as the Director of Finance. Ian stayed with CSF for two years while it continued to grow into one of the largest and most active student organizations on campus. In 2011 he was admitted to the Martin School of Public Policy & Administration where he earned his Masters of Public Policy (MPP) in May 2013. Beginning in August he will be studying accounting while continuing in his role as a Math Workshop Instructor as part of the APP program. He is excited to serve the students of UK for a third year as a part of the Academic Enhancement staff. Ian lives in Lexington with his wonderful wife Kellie and, aside from work and school, he enjoys keeping up with college basketball, reading, cooking, hiking/walking, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Denise Hall
EPE 174 Instructor
Academic Enhancement
859.257.1356
denise.hall@uky.edu

Denise is originally from a small community in Johnson County, Kentucky. She received her B.A. in Economics from Transylvania University in May of 2013, and she is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Higher Education through UK's Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation department. Denise's interest in student success began at Transylvania, where she was involved in programming for first-year students that encouraged strong academic and time-management skills and fostered an understanding of how to balance social and educational commitments. She is excited to continue this work at UK through her position in Academic Enhancement. Outside of her roles as a student and a teacher, Denise enjoys spending time with her husband Tim, her cat Bruce Wayne, and her dog Buster. Watching football, cooking, listening to music, and dancing are some of her favorite things to do.

 

Mark-Anthony Karantabias
Reading APP Instructor
Academic Enhancement
859.257.1356
mka222@uky.edu

Mark-Anthony is originally from Montreal, Canada. He obtained his BA at McGill University in history in 2006 and his MA from the University of Ottawa in Classical Studies in 2007. Pursuing a PhD in history, he is currently writing his dissertation at UK. His dissertation focuses on provincial institutional reform in the Byzantine Empire in the 530s. He is particularly interested in fiscal policy, efficiency of government and any sociological works related to the two former. Mark-Anthony has now been teaching for five years, including four at UK. He was a teaching assistant at the History Department and is passionate about education. He has also taught online courses for the university in the summer. He teaches with enthusiasm and believes humor is a necessary pedagogical tool.

 

Penny Robinson
Math APP Instructor
Academic Enhancement
859.257.1356
Penny.Robinson@uky.edu

Penny Robinson is a Lecturer in the Mathematics Academic Preparation Program at the University of Kentucky. Penny brings to the Academic Enhancement team over 25 years of experience in various capacities of higher education. She has advised undecided and pre-professional students, participated in the Freshman Summer Program and taught freshman level mathematics classes-primarily Intermediate and College Algebra. Penny received her BA in Mathematics from Maryville College in Tennessee and her Masters of Science in Mathematics Education with a concentration in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky. Penny is originally from Florida, but she and her husband now consider Lexington home where they have raised their three children. She spends her spare time raising their two puppies, Boon and Tilly.

 

 

Jill Rogers
EPE 174 Instructor
Academic Enhancement
859.257.1356
jill.rogers@uky.edu

Jill Rogers is a native of Lexington and is a 6th year doctoral candidate in the program of School Psychology at UK.  She received her M.S. in School Psychology in 2009 from UK and her B.A. in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University in 2007.  She has previously been a Research Assistant for UK Psychiatry Research/Center for Research on Violence Against Women, publishing several journal articles in the area of intimate partner violence, particularly regarding psychological abuse.  She has also enjoyed being a former President of the Student Association for School Psychologists at UK and an adjunct instructor for an introductory psychology course at EKU.  She is interested in helping students transition into and navigate the systems of an R1 university as an AE team member.  She loves reading fiction, dancing, singing, traveling, yoga, playing in the woods, the arts, animals, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her husband, stepson, and dogs Polar, Nola, and Guinness.

 

 

Dani Rosenkrantz
Reading APP Instructor
Academic Enhancement
859.257.1356
dani.rose@uky.edu

Dani Rosenkrantz is a second year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology from sun shiny Florida. This is Dani's second year as a Graduate Assistant with The Study and she is excited to continue working with students to improve their foundation in reading comprehension to increase academic success. Dani is also a member of the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities research team where she studies the intersections of gender, sexual, and cultural identities, with a special interest in religious identity. In her spare time, Dani participates in the local Jewish young adult group Generation TAI, enjoys exploring local coffee shops with friends, and spends time with her partner Jorge and adorable kitty, Maci.

 

 

 
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