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About Mathematically Speaking

Mathematically Speaking, Inc. was founded in 2007 by educators with years of teaching experience at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. They also have served as math supervisors and administrators and have expertise in pedagogy and curriculum development.

The motivation for developing MathShapes: go figure! was simple — to provide adults with the information they need to help their children. We wanted to create a family-friendly, standards-based program that helps everyone to think, explain, and write mathematically.

Our Team

Ellen Mulligan

Mulligan has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics from West Chester University. She graduated summa cum laude with an M.A. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision from Rider University, where she won the Graduate award for her major. She was named Distinguished Educator for the Philadelphia Archdiocese in 1988. Ellen has over 40 years’ experience in classroom teaching from grade school to college, in school district curriculum development, in supervising K-12 math teachers, and in one-on-one tutoring with kids who are not doing well in class or need help with SAT prep.

After retiring, Ellen did extensive teacher training for two publishing companies. For two years she worked with the teachers in the Trenton School District to help them align their curriculum to state standards and to write effective lesson plans. She also traveled to military bases in Germany, Korea, and the United States to train teachers employed by the Department of Defense.

Ellen is currently working with coordinators for Title 1 Programs, Summer Learning Programs, and After-school Programs to make effective standards based activities available to all students. She is also working with several schools to train staff in infusing the Common Core Standards into the classroom.

Tracey Knerr

Tracey Knerr has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has completed all but her dissertation for her Doctorate in Education degree, with a concentration in math education, from Rutgers University. Tracey has 23 years experience as an elementary classroom teacher, an elementary math specialist, an assistant professor, and a teacher trainer. Tracey has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in education, and was responsible for field experiences of student teachers. She is currently serving as a Math Supervisor in a K-12 district.

Tracey has been very involved in curriculum writing and staff development. She has presented numerous workshops for school districts, state initiatives in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Claudia Bottoms

Bottoms graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Media Arts & Design. She was the art director for Our State Magazine, a statewide publication celebrating North Carolina's culture and history. From there she launched Winston-Salem Monthly, a lifestyle magazine published by Media General, and designs special features for in-flight magazines. She has also designed Visitors Magazines for Santa Barbara, California and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband Rick, and their two children, Elyse and Drew, who have loved watching her work on the computer as their beloved "domino dogs" come to life.

Travis Foster

Travis Foster studied at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida where he graduated wtih a degree in illustration. Returning to his home state of Tennessee, Travis began his full-time illustration career creating fresh editorial illustrations for regional publications. As an experienced illustrator who has been commissioned by firms and agencies across the country, Travis' work has been seen on magazine covers, posters, greeting cards, and large-scale advertising. His art has also appeared on book jackets and in children's books and has been used in toy design. His fun, whimsical art has drawn the attention of clients such as Target, Disney, Amazon, Sony, and The Wall Street Journal.

Travis specializes in creating simple, clean illustrations that effectively meet his clients' needs. His finely tuned listening skills and insightful nature allows him to create an image that communicates clearly.

Travis lives in Nashville, Tennessee enjoying the illustrator's life as he tends the family's organic garden with his wife and four children.

Brian York

Brian York has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Temple University. Brian is the current Director of Sales and Underwriting for a medical malpractice insurance company located in Paoli, PA. He was previously employed by Wachovia Bank and Wachovia Securities in Boca Raton, FL. Brian brings valuable expertise from the banking, finance and insurance industries to Mathematically Speaking, Inc. "My goal was to help Ellen share her unique talents with a wider audience through the MathShapes: go figure! program".

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