“As a homeschool mom who loves math, I want to help other homeschoolers see the variety and richness of the subject. Math is not just rules and rote memory. Math is like ice cream, with more flavors than you can imagine — and if all your children ever do is textbook math, that’s like feeding them broccoli-flavored ice cream.”
Denise has taught or tutored mathematics at every level from pre-K to undergraduate physics — which she describes as “Just one story problem after another. What fun!” Now she writes the popular blog Let’s Play Math and manages the monthly Playful Math Blog Carnival.
Homeschooling for more than a quarter century, Denise and her husband raised five children (and a veritable zoo of critters) in the rural countryside of central Illinois. Her hobbies are Bible study, recreational math, and “reading anything I can get my hands on.”
“Homeschooling, creating stories, and loving cats are things I’ve been doing since forever. I enjoy most fiction but my favorites (both to read and to write) are fantasy and science-fiction. I also enjoy horse riding, programming, and making videos. I hope you enjoy my books!”
Teresa Gaskins is
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 years old and homeschooled all the way through high school. While she enjoys a wide variety of fiction, fantasy has always been her favorite genre. She was creating stories before she could write, and has completed NaNoWriMo every year (so far) since 2009.
Teresa started Banished in the 2011 edition of NaNo, and it was her second finished novel, though the first one published. She finished the sequels, Hunted and Betrayed, in high school and wrote the finale of the series before getting bogged down in college life. She’s hoping to finish up the final edits and hit the “Publish” button over summer break.
She lives with her cat overlord Cimorene, her beloved pit bull Natasha, and the rest of her family in rural Illinois, surrounded by corn and soybean fields.
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