The Mountain Math Initiative is the joint effort of
Marcella Jones - a senior at Los Gatos High School,
David Kissner - her middle school math teacher,
and mountain parents and community members.
Math can be hard. Mountain kids have always had a variety of needs for extra math resources: extra one-on-one help, homework questions, help with foundational skills, etc. Other students need an extra challenge to keep them engaged and to encourage their love for math. Every student needs someone to share their enthusiasm for math with them!
Mountain Math Initiative started last year during the COVID crisis shutdowns. The shutdowns and distance learning exacerbated these needs. Without in-class instruction and varying levels of in-home support available, some students were at risk of being left behind, and these impacts will be felt for years. The Mountain Math Initiative seeks to help address the achievement gap by providing resources, free of cost, to anyone who needs it.