Phyllis Hunsinger has a passion for education, serving as a secondary math teacher, middle school and high school principal, and retiring as school superintendent. Failing retirement, she worked as a teacher evaluator for Visiting International Faculty, as a southwest regional representative for the Colorado Department of Education, and as an educational coordinator for GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).
Phyllis has an undergraduate degree in chemistry, with a minor in English; her Master’s degree is in math/secondary educational administration. Phyllis is the founder of the FREE Foundation (Freedom & Responsibility Education Enterprise). As a recent graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, Phyllis is committed to informing young people about the greatness of the United States and the free market economy which has been proven to provide the best avenue to success and the pursuit of happiness. Phyllis believes that math is a tool used to solve problems; and, students with a strong knowledge of basic mathematics are poised for success in a free market economy.
Phyllis lives with her husband, J.A. Hunsinger (Author of Axe Of Iron Series), in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Read an interview by the Grand Junction Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado titled Former Math Teacher Adds up Basics for Students.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My husband listened to my complaints about modern math textbooks and encouraged me to write the math reference book.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I first made a smaller version of this book to help my granddaughter prepare for algebra in high school. Then I decided there were more topics that were needed and I began seriously to think of writing and publishing a math reference book.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My dad encouraged my love of math, and I was fortunate to have good math teachers from first grade on through college.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? The title was in my mind before I wrote the book because the title explains the straight-forward manner in which the mathematical processes are explained.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My teaching career was in mathematics; this book reflects years of teaching students “how to” do the math.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? When I realized that 50% – 60% of the math portion of the ACT test actually covers 6th – 9th grade mathematics, I knew that students really needed a review of how to perform these operations because by the time they take those college entrance exams, it has been a long time since they have worked those kinds of problems. What makes my reference book unique is that all those operations from fractions to quadratics are explained with examples in one simple, 100- page book.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? When I hear from someone that the book has helped, I am truly rewarded.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? My husband’s experience with the process made my efforts easier.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Seeing the published book and knowing it will be helpful to individuals needing math review is both joyous and humbling.
Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? No I have not, thanks to my husband who helped me avoid many pitfalls.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? It takes a lot of time and effort to write a book; enjoy the journey!
Who is your favorite author and why? I am an avid reader of many different genres so I would be unable to say I have a favorite author.
Student mastery of math continues to decline as demonstrated by the increasing numbers of students requiring remediation prior to enrolling in college math classes.
College professors admit that far too many students do not know how to do basic math computations.
Math textbooks used in schools today spend an inordinate amount of time having students discover mathematical principles. The discovery approach is analogous to having the student learn to program a computer as opposed to learning how to use the computer as a tool. I believe math is a tool used to solve problems.
This is a Down and Dirty “How To” Math Book covering a review of the number systems and basic operations up to and including the fundamental tenets of algebra. There are “how to” instructions followed by examples. The glossary serves as the index, providing definitions and page links to words. There is also a listing of useful math terms and definitions not specifically covered in the text.
Parents and students alike will benefit from this “how to” approach to mastery of basic math concepts. Parents, as they help their students with math, sometimes need a review of how to perform certain operations.
Students studying for the ACT, SAT, or college entrance exams often need a review of fundamental processes. This book is designed to review “how to” do the math.
Genre: Educational, Math Reference Book, Self-Help, Non Fiction,
Whether you are studying for the ACT, SAT (college entrance exams), a parent who needs to encourage your student in math comprehension or even going back to school yourself, this book needs to be in your hands.
Power packed ninety-nine pages of “how-to” instructions and examples provide a math refresher to get your synapsis firing with the logic of math.
Start with Mathematical Operations, Fractions, Ratios and Proportions. Review Decimals, Percent, Measurements and Formulas.
Move on with Statistics, Venn Diagrams, Sequences, and Inequalities. Tackle all things Algebra including Algebraic Expressions and Equations, Positive and Negative Numbers, Laws of Exponents, Monomials and Polynomials, Factoring Algebraic Expressions, Quadratic Equations, Radicals, System of Equations and Graphing.
End with informational sections including How to Identify Symbols, nine page Glossary and Useful Math Terms and Definitions.
The logic of math is the very essence and beginning for all learning. A student well-grounded in math is a student who can solve problems and expand his or her education into marketable areas where they can be sought after by the world’s employers.
Cold Coffee Press Endorses Down and Dirty: A “how to” Math Book by Phyllis Hunsinger as a math refresher reference guide for high school, college students and adults seeking to go back to school. This book was given to us to review in an easy to use spiral bound book format. The review was completed on September 5, 2015. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press. http://www.coldcoffeepress.com