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 award-winning first book, NumbersAlive! Books for Young Travelers – Washington DC, was published in 2012. Hello Numbers, which introduces the number characters, was published in 2014.
Presentations and teaching:
- Invited to present “World Numbers” to children and parents at American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Family Science Day (Feb. 2013)
- Numerous presentations to educators, including: “Exploring Mathematical Concepts in A Blended Learning Environment” (Texas STEM Conference) and “From 0 to 9: Bridging the Gap between STEM Understanding and Primary Education” (Emory University)
- Led salon event as part of TEDxFoggy Bottom (Oct. 2013)
- Spoke as a featured author at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center (Apr. 2013) and the USA Science & Engineering Festival (Apr. 2012)
- Featured as a guest on NBC4 (Apr. 2013)
- Led program entitled “By the Numbers: Manipulation, Rankings and Fairness in Global Socio-Economics” at the World Affairs Council (Dec. 2012)
- Selected by the US Department of State to present a teaching series in Jamaica to teachers and coaches on using sports to teach principles of math (Aug. 2012)
- Presented at schools & libraries in the Washington area, West Virginia, & Georgia
- Taught number arts programs with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (2011-2012)