MOOSE, Wyo. – Teton Science Schools is pleased to welcome author, educator, and self-proclaimed math “evangelist” Paul Zeitz as the first speaker in its 2022-2023 speaker series.
In a presentation titled “Mathematics is Art,” Zeitz will explain, through examples, why mathematics is not something that a student endures miserably, but is instead something that one does and does joyfully, as a branch of the arts.
Recently retired from the University of San Francisco as a math professor for thirty years, Zeitz earned his AB in history from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Early in his career, he taught in independent schools in San Francisco and Colorado. Zeitz also founded and taught at Math Circles for kids and teachers, a national network of local math communities dedicated to student engagement and teacher professional learning, in California’s Bay Area and other parts of the country. He is a co-founder of Proof School, the only secondary school for “math kids” in the country. In 1999, he authored The Art and Craft of Problem Solving and produced a 12-hour video course with the same title for The Great Courses in 2009. Zeitz will also engage the student body in class and during student assembly.
The Teton Science Schools’ Speaker Series brings leaders and educators to its Jackson campus to expand the learning of its students as well as provoke thought and stimulate discussion within the broader community.
“We take great pride in expanding the knowledge of our students beyond the classroom. Our ability to attract accomplished speakers to the valley strengthens our educational connections. We care about enriching our community and invite everyone to participate in this shared learning experience,” said Teton Science Schools’ CEO Shawn Kelly.
The speaker series will take place at the Teton Science Schools’ Jackson campus. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.
About Teton Science Schools
Teton Science Schools (TSS) inspires curiosity, engagement, and leadership through transformative place-based education. For more than 15,000 learners per year, the place-based approach increases engagement, learning, and community impact. Located on four campuses in Jackson Hole, WY, and Teton Valley, Idaho, TSS programs include Mountain Academy, an independent school serving students preschool through 12th-grade students, field education for schools and visitors from around the world, educational wildlife tours in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, educator development and a national network of rural, place-based education schools.