Kailyn Pritchard

Current MSc student at Simon Fraser University, studying the development of trigonometry in 15th-16th century Europe. Academic focus areas include mathematics and mathematics education, with a particular interest in facilitating exploratory and curiosity-based learning. Adaptable and self-motivated, with organizational skills and experience in leadership and administrative roles. Driven to learn and grow continually; seeks to utilize strong interpersonal skills to develop meaningful relationships and resilient communities.


  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient typing abilities (70 wpm)
  • Intermediate coding proficiency in Java, Python and Maple
  • Creative, critical and interdisciplinary problem solving skills
  • Able to work collaboratively, as part of a team
  • Effectively manages projects and meets goals under pressure
  • Liaison between students and faculty, and students and policy makers
  • Experience coordinating large volunteer teams


Masters of Science – History of Mathematics — Sept. 2020 – August 2022
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Squamish, British Columbia
– Thesis Topic: Georg Rheticus’ Canon doctrinae triangulorum

Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences — Sept. 2015 – May 2019
Quest University Canada, Squamish, British Columbia
– Senior Thesis: “Determining the sine tables underlying early European tangent tables.”
– Scholarship recipient for Academic Achievement & Community Involvement (2015 – 2019)
– Recipient of President’s List Award for Academic Achievement (2015 – 2018)

Senior Thesis: — May 2019
“Determining the sine tables underlying early European tangent tables.”
Quest University Canada, Squamish, British Columbia
– Conducted independent research on the development of the tangent function in Europe; determined the methods by which early European tangent tables were computed
– Created educational materials that support student learning of trigonometry, based on historical methodologies and conceptualizations of trigonometric functions

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics — Sept. – Dec. 2018
St. Olaf College (satellite campus), Budapest, Hungary
– This mathematics intensive study-abroad program develops students’ abilities to understand and produce high-level mathematics while immersed in Hungarian culture.

Explore Program — May/June 2017
University of Western Ontario (satellite campus), Trois Pistoles, Quebec
– Relevant Coursework: French Immersion Program


Pritchard, Kailyn. Determining the Sine Tables Underlying Early European Tangent Tables, In Matthieu Husson, Clemency Montelle and Benno van Dalen (Eds.), TAMAS Volume, to appear (2020).
Supplemental materials available here.

Pritchard, Kailyn. The Emergence of the Tangent Function in European Trigonometry (Unpublished undergraduate senior thesis). Quest University Canada, Squamish, British Columbia, Canada. (5 May 2019)

Conferences and presentations

Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics — June 2019
Annual Meeting, Special Session: Mathematical Astronomy
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Determining the sine tables underlying early European tangent tables.”

Keystone Symposium — May 2019
Quest University Canada, Squamish, BC
The Birth of the Tangent.”
Video available here.

BC Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Conference — April 2019
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC
Determining the sine tables underlying early European tangent tables.”

PAL & ALFA Workshop 2018— November 2018
Pre-Modern Astronomical and Astrological Data in Tabular Form:
Storage, Edition and Mathematical Analysis
Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Munich, Germany
Determining the sine tables underlying early European tangent tables.”

Volunteer, Canadian Mathematics Educators Study Group — June 2018
Quest University Canada, Squamish, BC
– Responded to attendee inquiries
– Attended working group sessions

Work Experience

Young Adult Summer Leader — May 2019 – Aug. 2019
Naramata Centre Society, Naramata, B.C.
– Provided support to various areas of the centre, including programs, community life, office administration, maintenance, housekeeping and guest services
– Designed and ran programs for children between the ages of 2 and 14
– Developed and facilitated the implementation of an on-site nitrogen-carbon balanced, aerobic composting system to manage guest and staff food waste

Peer Tutor, Learning Commons (Contract) — Sept. 2017 – May 2019
Quest University Canada, Squamish, B.C.
– Designed and facilitated workshops for undergraduate students, in various fields of study
– Liaise with faculty and staff regarding academic support for students
– Provide one-to-one peer support for students with academic concerns
– Help students develop the necessary quantitative reasoning skills to succeed in their science and social science courses

Research Assistant (Contract) — June 2018 – May 2019
Health Numeracy Project, George Brown College, Ontario
– Develop, assess and revise a set of materials, made available online through the Health Numeracy Project learning tool, which will support health science students and professionals as they improve their numeracy skills

Private Tutor — 2012 – 2019
– Provide academic support to elementary and high school students, primarily with respect to their studies in mathematics, while building their self confidence

Student Affairs Office Assistant (Contract) — Sept. 2016 – May 2017
Quest University Canada, Squamish, B.C.
– Responded to general enquiries regarding student life and housing
– Sorted and distributed incoming mail and packages
– Provided a first point of contact for student concerns

Office Assistant — Sept. 2016 – Mar. 2017
The Performing Arts Centre, Squamish, B.C.
– Assisted the studio owner with registration, organizational tasks, communications, and marketing of the different classes and programs run by the studio

Tap Dance Teacher (Contract) — Sept. 2015 – Mar. 2017
The Performing Arts Centre, Squamish, B.C.
– Designed and taught tap classes which developed dancers’ skill sets and self confidence
– Addressed concerns pertaining to child well-being

Volunteer Co-ordinator and Administrative Assistant (Contract) — May – Aug. 2016
Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Sechelt, B.C.
– Scheduled and organized a team of approximately 150 festival volunteers
– Co-ordinated and conducted ticket sales, printing, mailing and organization
– Maintained patron database

Part-Time Receptionist (Contract) — Sept. 2015 – May 2016
Quest University Canada, Squamish, B.C.
– Responded to general inquiries, both in person and over the phone
– Sorted and distributed incoming mail and packages

Receptionist (Contract) — July/August 2015
Jones Emery Hargreaves Swan LLP, Victoria, B.C.
– Provided a first point of contact for clients, responded to general inquiries
– Answered and directed telephone calls
– Coordinated incoming and outgoing documents and packages sent by mail and courier
– Assisted the accounting department with deposits and VISA transactions

Volunteer experience

Intern — Jan. 2019
Callysto, Squamish, BC
– Presented lessons on mathematics and computational thinking to students in grades 7-12, using self-made materials, coded on online Callysto software
– Assisted my peers during the presentation of lessons pertaining to the mathematics of waste management, and the adoption of environmentally sustainable business practices

Farm Intern (Seasonal) — July/August 2018
Camphill Village Minnesota, Sauk Centre, MN
– Worked on a team to ensure that all of the farm duties (moving cattle, feeding pigs, building fences, maintenance tasks, etc.) were completed effectively and efficiently
– Supported teams of adults with cognitive disabilities as they practiced practical skills and engaged with meaningful work on the farm

Latin Dance Teacher — Sept. 2016 – May 2018
Quest University Canada, Squamish, BC
– Prepared and presented opportunities for students to learn new latin dance skills
– Provided a space for Quest students to engage with each other, and build the dance community on campus through collaborative interactions

Assistant Teacher — Jan. 2018
Quest University Canada, Squamish, BC
– Designed and delivered lessons to help undergraduate students learn quantitative reasoning skills, in cooperation with professor Dr. Chris Stewart
– Built rapport with students as an instructor, while providing them with individual academic and emotional support


Standard First Aid — June 2019

Food Safe — June 2019

British Columbia Responsible Adult — June 2019

Personal Interests

Performing Arts: Social dance (west coast swing, lindy hop, salsa, bachata, waltz), tap dance, jazz dance, musical theatre, and acting. 

Travel: Recent international destinations include Costa Rica, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Eswatini.

Reading: Recent favourites include “Grit” by Angela Duckworth and “The Illegal” by Lawrence Hill.