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Erin & The Homework Lounge


Erin Smilkstein, MA.Ed.

I’ve been been an educational therapist for over 10 years.  While my primary passion is math education, I  have been teaching literacy remediation for the last 12 years.  Trained in LiPS, Seeing Stars, Step-Up to Writing, On Cloud 9, Language!, Bernard Reading EASE, PACE and many other literacy and math programs, I design learning programs that are both motivating and effective.

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Early in her career, she taught mathematics to both Gifted and At-Risk students in Long Beach, where she also served as the Mathematics Department Head of Stanford Middle School for several years.  In 2000, she trained to be an educational therapist at The Kelter Center in Los Angeles, where she became the Literacy and Mathematics Programs Coordinator and Mentor. In addition to her continued work with students, Erin has been a guest lecturer for the Education Department of Loyola Marymount University and designed educational games for early reading and math skills. FableVision, a multi-media educational company contracted her to create a series of math computer games for Ah-ha! Math© based in Portland, Oregon.  The software is currently available and being used in K-5 classrooms and was part of the Readers Choice Top 100 Products Award for 2007-2008.

The afterschool math program she created and wrote for LAUSD’s largest afterschool nonprofit, LA’s BEST is currently being implemented in over 25 schools sites to excite inner-city children about Marvelous Math. She has personally worked with hundreds of children and her techniques are used by thousands of children across the nation. Erin has spoken on radio and television about math. She is a regular contributor for the Homeschool Handbook and is a sought after speaker, educating and enlightening audiences about creative thinking with math and online educational models.

Erin holds a Master’s degree in Math Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


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