Since receiving her Ph.D. in Statistics, Dr. Rebecca Klemm, The Numbers Lady, has specialized in explaining mathematical concepts via every-day language.
Dr. Klemm has taught students from grades 7 through graduate school, as well as judges and juries via storytelling. While on the faculty of Georgetown University School of Business she received the 1982 Decision Sciences Instructional Award from the American Institute of Decision Sciences.
In 2010 she wrote a musical Cookin Up Numbers that was produced in the Capital Fringe Festival. In response to parent and audience interest, she established NumbersAlive! in 2011 to introduce children to math using fun and friendly number characters of Team Ten and STEM Squad. Her first book, NumbersAlive! Books for Young Travelers – Washington DC, was published in 2012. Dr. Klemm proudly received Creative Child Magazine awards for her Washington DC children’s book and the plush number character toys that are currently available.
Presentations and teaching:
- Presented talk at Emory University entitled “From 0 to 9: Bridging the Gap between STEM Understanding and Primary Education.” (Oct. 2013)
- Reader at the Library of Congress Young Reader Center (beginning Apr. 2013)
- Featured guest on NBC4 (Apr. 2013)
- Conducted activity and secondary-level teacher training for World Affairs Council – DC educator programs, titled “Wrestling with Rankings: Manipulation, Rankings Fairness and Policy” (Dec. 2012)
- Selected by the US Department of State to present a program in Jamaica to teachers and coaches about how to use sports to teach principles of math and science (Aug. 2012)
- Spoke as a featured author at USA Science & Engineering Festival (Apr. 2012)
- Presented at schools and libraries around the country, including the Washington area, Virginia, West Virginia, and Georgia
- Taught number arts programs with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (2011-12)
- Guest lecturer on “Using Soft Sculpture to Teach Hard Numbers” at Montgomery College (Dec. 2011)