Suzy Koontz is an educational consultant, an actuary, a math teacher and author. She is the founder of theMath & Movement® Program and is a popular speaker at schools, PTA/O and homeschool events. Suzy lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband and four daughters.
Although I love math, I am not the typical mathematician. I used to be a terrible math student! I even thought I would fail 5th grade because I had so much trouble with arithmetic. Middle school wasn’t much better — my teacher announced that I would never amount to anything in mathematics. But he didn’t know me or my determination. During my junior year in high school, I finally figured out enough math to enjoy it. Then I enrolled in three math classes my senior year to prepare me for a college major in math. I had learned an important lesson: hard work, determination, and persistence are equal in importance to natural talent.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wheaton College in 1985 and a master’s degree in statistics from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry in 1987. After many additional years of intense study, I passed the required examinations to become an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. Since then I have taught and tutored math at all levels. My publications in advanced mathematics include two study guides to prepare students for the actuarial exams.
The welcoming of children into my life has meant shifting my mathematical focus to making learning math an interesting and enjoyable experience for children. I envision a world where math facts are easy to learn because everyone absorbs them like they do the ABCs. My early struggles with math have given me a passion to make math accessible to everyone. I believe pleasurable educational experiences enhance learning. I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoyed creating them. — Suzy