Jill admits she was a bit of a math nerd in high school. Okay maybe a complete math nerd. Even then, back in the Dark Ages, she knew the biggest reason others struggled with math was because of the way it was taught. When one kid asked, “Why do we have to learn the binary system?” the teacher didn't reply. Jill had two reactions: 1. It’s incredible what can be done with numbers for no reason at all and 2. He deserved an answer.

 

Also, decades later, a third reaction: 3. Microsoft, Apple, Google.

 

When it comes to encouraging girls to develop and expand interest in STEM subjects, Jill believes we should teach the joy AND the practical. As an avid reader, then and now, Jill sees novels as a way to accomplish that. And with that her literary career was born and she began writing for teen girls.

From tracing the Möbius strip in a Time-Life book on mathematics when she was a little girl to a lifetime of fascination with space, Jill found STEM subjects introduced her to the world in a way that opened her mind to endless possibilities.

 

Jill wants those endless possibilities for every girl.

 Lesser known fact: From 2010 to 2015, Jill worked in the Office of Presidential Correspondence where she screened incoming mail and email for Michelle Obama.