In math, the question should not be “How can I do this?” or “When will I use this?” but “Why does this work?” Mathematics is a language that explains the world, with algorithms and patterns connecting a web of “whys.”

Redwoods have long been a love of mine. Growing up in their shade, I marveled at their height and their longevity. While there are many characteristics of a redwood that makes the tree incredible, what always impresses me is the root system. Redwood trees stand tall–they are the tallest tree in the world. But unlike many other tall trees, they have shallow roots. What enables redwood trees to stand so tall is the connection of their roots to other redwood trees. Redwoods intertwine their roots with other redwoods, and it is this connection that enables them to stand tall.

My name is Cebre Jacob. I am a math educator who is passionate about sharing my love for the “whys” of math. As a young child, like most young children, I was obsessed with “why.” When I would ask my mother questions, such as, “Why is it raining?” She would answer, “Why do YOU think?” In doing this, my mom allowed me to connect what I was perceiving to what I already knew. Even though at the time my answers were inaccurate (“It’s raining because there are people above the clouds with watering cans!”), my mother instilled a love for the deep-searching, connection-making quest for “whys.”

It is my vision to change the perspective that math is all about finding answers. Math is all about asking questions, the best of which is “why.” Redwood Mathematics is here to help all students create the connections, to find “why,” and to be able to stand tall based on a connected and strong foundation.

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