Meet the Math Mentors

PBS KIDS has assembled a team of early childhood educators and education bloggers who will provide parents tips and ideas on how to help children ages 2-8 learn early math concepts and integrate math activities into their daily lives. These Math Mentors will host monthly social media chats to engage with parents and provide tips for working with children to build early math skills.  Learn more about the Math Mentors below, and continue to check PBS KIDS Lab for updates from the mentors themselves.


Monica OliveraMonica Olivera is a freelance education writer and a regular contributor to NBC Latino and Mamiverse. She’s also the creator of, a site for Latino families that homeschool, as well as families with children in traditional schools who want to be more active in their children’s education. Monica feels strongly about the future of our children, and believes that all parents should get involved in their children’s education and strive to raise their kids to be proud of their heritage and culture. As a result, Monica has also created the, where she reviews Latino children’s literature, and is a founding member of Latinas for Latino Literature. In both 2011 and 2012, she won the LATISM “Best Latina Education Blogger” award.

Connect with Monica on Twitter, Facebook and her website,

Bernadette GrbicBernadette Grbic is an educator who has been working with children for over 15 years and has taught preschool through 3rd grade.  She is a mom to two amazing daughters, ages seven and five.  Bernadette is a firm believer that learning should be fun, therefore making it meaningful to children. She believes an emphasis on playful learning and discovery will foster a child's genuine love of learning.  It is with that belief that she writes and shares playful learning activities on her blog, Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas. Bernadette is a Community Manager for the We Teach forum where parents, educators and bloggers share ideas to help children learn and grow.

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Maria LandoMaria Lando is the founder of The MathMom (, which was named Hot Blog by Redbook Magazine, and has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Jewish Advocate, Boston Parents Paper,, and more.

Maria had used mathematics in her work in movie special effects (including such blockbuster hits as Air Force One, Starship Troopers, Turbulence, Desperate Measures, and Godzilla), interactive entertainment, national defense, brain surgeries, and even chocolate manufacturing. Enjoying math professionally, Maria discovered that she can also apply it to her personal life, as well: from cooking, home management or parenting, to shopping and traveling. She relies on math to stay sane as a working mom of three active kids.

You can subscribe to the weekly newsletter — it contains puzzles, fun facts, and surprising math stories, as well as resources to help you enjoy math and present it to your kids as a toy, a tool, and a friend.

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Matt GomezMatt Gomez has taught Kindergarten since 2001 and despite his dislike for glitter he has found it the perfect place to work and play. He is passionate about engaging parents in their child's learning and believes relationships are the key to success in the classroom. Matt enthusiastically uses technology to captivate students, fire up their love of learning, and connect them to the world outside the classroom. He is the co-founder of EdcampDallas and a Moderator for the Twitter chat #Kinderchat. Matt also writes at his personal blog,, where he chronicles his experiences as a teacher and his journey building relationships with every child and parent.

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Tom HobsonTom Hobson is a preschool teacher, writer, artist and the author of "A Parent's Guide To Seattle."  For the past 11 years, Tom has been the only employee of the Woodland Park Cooperative preschools. The children come to him as two-year-olds in diapers and leave as "sophisticated" five-year-olds ready for kindergarten. The cooperative preschool model allows Tom to work very closely with families in a true community setting. Tom also writes for his personal blog, Teacher Tom, focusing on teaching and learning from preschoolers.

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