Our Team

Jo Boaler, Co-Founder

Dr Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the Co-Founder of youcubed. She is also the editor of the Research Commentary Section of The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME), an analyst for PISA testing in the OECD, and author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning.  Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education for Europe, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools and a researcher at King’s College, London.

Her PhD won the national award for educational research in the UK and her book: Experiencing School Mathematics won the ‘Outstanding Book of the Year’ award for education in Britain. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), and a former president of the International Organization for Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME).  She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ‘Early Career Award’ and the NCSM Kay Gilliland Equity Award (2014). She is the author of nine books and numerous research articles. Her latest books What’s Math Got To Do With It? (2009) published by Penguin, USA and The Elephant in the Classroom (2010)  published by Souvenir Press, UK, both aim to increase public understanding of the importance of good mathematics teaching.

She serves as an advisor to several Silicon Valley companies, and a White House presenter on girls and STEM. She recently formed www.youcubed.org to give teachers and parents the resources and ideas they need to inspire and excite students about mathematics.

Cathy Williams, Co-Founder

Cathy Williams is the Co-Founder and the Executive Director of youcubed, a new center at Stanford University. Previously Cathy served as the Director of K-12 Mathematics in the Vista Unified School District where her professional development series earned a California State Golden Bell Award. The professional development in Vista Unified included a unique technology infused K-12 mathematics program that provided workshops for parents, teachers and administrators, and included talks and coaching by Jo Boaler. Cathy’s former roles have included a high school mathematics teacher, AVID coordinator, and mathematics department chair and district curriculum leader over an 18-year span before she became a curriculum and instruction administrator in 2003. Cathy served for seven years as the San Diego County Office of Education K-12 Mathematics Coordinator where her key projects included developing the book and professional development program, Math Language that Works and the online math teacher support program Getting Ready for Algebra.

Her professional development series, Algebraic Reasoning Through Inquiry (ARTI) supported many district teachers in San Diego County. During her County Office time Cathy served as the lead coordinator for the first generation California State Early Assessment Program (EAP) professional development series.

Suzanne Corkins

Suzanne Corkins is a business consultant who advises Silicon Valley companies on strategy, planning, corporate development and marketing. Her previous professional experience included leading mergers and acquisitions for Molecular Devices Corporation, strategic planning for The Permanente Medical Group, and management consulting with Monitor Company.

Suzanne holds an MBA and an undergraduate degree in Biology, both from Stanford University.   She resides in Los Altos, California with her husband and two children.

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