About the Author
Sybilla Beckmann is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics at the University of Georgia. She received her PhD in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and taught at Yale University as a J. W. Gibbs Instructor of Mathematics. Her early research was on Arithmetic Geometry, but her current research is in mathematical cognition, education of teachers and mathematics content for students at all levels, but especially for PreK through the middle grades. She has developed mathematics courses for prospective elementary and middle grades teachers at the University of Georgia and wrote this book for such courses. She is interested in helping college faculty learn to teach mathematics courses for elementary and middle grades teachers, and she works with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows toward that end. A member of the writing teams for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and for NCTM’s Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten Through Grade 8 Mathematics, she has worked on the development of several state mathematics standards. She was a member of the Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics of the National Research Council and coauthor of its report Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity. She has also been a member on a number of other national panels and committees working to improve mathematics education. Several years ago she taught an average 6th grade mathematics class every day at a local public school in order to better understand school mathematics teaching. Sybilla has won numerous awards including the Louise Hay Award for Contributions to Mathematics Education for the Association of Women in Mathematics and the Mary P. Dolciani Award from the Mathematical Association of America.
Sybilla enjoys playing piano, singing, dancing, and traveling with her family. She and her husband, Will Kazez, live in Athens, Georgia. They look forward to visits from their two children who are now away working and in graduate school.