UB was born in Philadelphia, PA in late 1947. He graduated with fellow “stompers” from Bristol High School, and he holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Math Education from Plymouth State University, where he has taught as an adjunct lecturer. In addition, he has taught math in grades 4 through 12, and adult courses in a 30-year career. He now tutors part time at Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA.
Bob essentially teaches the same skills to all students of all ages: how to think and solve problems. He taught two semesters of Calculus in northern New Hampshire to adults who “dropped back in” for refreshers and teaching credentials . They were required to think and solve problems also – all the while helping to solve the critical teacher shortage in their region.
Bob knows through experience that the attitudes and skills of a poser/puzzle solver can be applied to “life” problems as well. He appreciates intellectual recreation as a rich, limitless source of low-stakes problems on which to hone those skills. He suggests you get crackin’ on the puzzles.
Over a 32-year span, Bob’s wife Claire taught grades 2, 3, 4, remedial reading, and was a K-6 enrichment teacher and technology educator in Vermont and New Hampshire. For six years she managed several projects, including the Math Fundamentals Problem of the Week (for grades 3-5 students), at The Math Forum @ Drexel University. From 2010 to 2014 Claire served as a digital librarian for an online NSF-funded project of Maryland Public TV.
Since 2017 she has coordinated the annual Ogontz Choral Workshop that has taken place in Lyman, NH, since 1990.
She is the brains and spirit of this outfit, being UB’s Macintosh muse.
For 47 years we lived in a (now) 200-year old house in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire. We now share an apartment in Bryn Mawr, PA, close to family and friends from our younger years.