Our Founder

 

Meet Laura Overdeck

 

When Laura Overdeck was a kid, she didn’t even know what flash cards were. Math was an ingredient in everyday fun activities around the house. Her mom introduced her early to baking, which was a yummy way to count and use fractions. Her dad taught her to use power tools at an unsafe age – more measurement, more fractions. Fractions were your friends: Learn to multiply everything by 1 1/2, and you could bake more cookies. Be off by 3/8 inch on the radial saw, and you might lose a fingertip.

 

Once Laura became a mom, she wanted to share the same playfulness and power of numbers with her own kids. Along with her husband John, she started giving a bedtime math problem to their two older kids each night after the usual bedtime story. When their 2-year-old started hollering for his own math problem, they knew they were onto something, and Bedtime Math was born.

 

Since then, Bedtime Math has emerged from the playroom to the national stage, with over half a million people downloading the app, over 2 million visiting the website, and more than 200,000 kids taking part in our after-school club, Crazy 8s. We’re now bringing that same spirit into schools to turn math class and homework into kids’ favorite part of the day.

 

Laura holds a B.A. in astrophysics from Princeton University, an M.B.A. in public policy from the Wharton School, and an honorary D. Eng. from Stevens Institute of Technology. When not playing with numbers, Laura likes quantifying the mysteries of chocolate and wine.

 

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USA Today, September 13, 2022
Math Isn’t Optional. Parents Need to Help as Their Kids Struggle with the Basics.

NJ Spotlight, June 15, 2021
The learning loss is believable. It was already worse than we knew.

The Star Ledger, March 29, 2019
We need to engage more kids in STEM, especially those without wealthy parents, education advocates say

NJ Spotlight, April 9, 2018
We’re Facing the Fate of Wall-E

Observer, March 20, 2018
Is Your Kid A Classroom Disrupter? It Could Be A Good Sign.

TIME — Motto, May 19, 2017
How to Help Your Kids Get Excited About Math

U.S. News and World Report, May 16, 2016
Parents Are Smarter Than Screens

Fordham Institute, December 4, 2015
Parents: Children’s first math teachers

PBS Parents, April 10, 2015
Workbooks – Work = Truly Fun Math

Bookish, March 25, 2015
Girls Who Count: Taylor Swift, Rachel Ray, and Other Mathematical Role Models

Quartz (qz.com), January 23, 2015
Don’t just read to your kids at night, do math with them, too. They’ll thank you later.

Stanford Social Innovation Review, May 20, 2014
A Secret Ingredient for Improving Math Proficiency

USA Today, May 10, 2014
Mom’s: Make Kids More Mathletic

Houston Chronicle, March 25, 2014
Rethinking What’s Possible When It Comes to Math

Tampa Bay Parenting, February 21, 2014
Loving Math

Huffington Post, June 28, 2013
11 Reasons Why Kids Must Learn Math

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U Penn Graduate School of Education, November 11, 2020
Homecoming Keynote

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Daily Homeroom with Sal, April 30, 2020
Guest Interview

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New Jersey Legislature, Testimony to the Joint Meeting of the Assembly Education
Committee and Science, Innovation and Technology Committee

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TEDx Jersey City, November 8, 2014
Street Math

TEDxWestVillageWomen, December 2, 2012
Allergic to Algebra: How Our Culture Steers Girls away from Math – and Success

Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges of New Jersey (MATYCNJ) Conference, November 2, 2019
Math Reboot: A Hairpin Turn on How We Teach Math

Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey (AMTNJ) Conference, Oct. 25, 2019
Gimme More Math! Supercharge Your Math Class with Hands-on Learning

Stevens Institute of Technology, May 22, 2019
2019 Undergraduate Commencement

New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Convention, November 9, 2018
Family Math: Why It Matters and How to Get Started

New Jersey Governor STEM Scholars, May 12, 2018
Graduation Keynote Speaker

JP Morgan Education Summit, September 28, 2017
Host for Fireside Chat of Keynote Speaker Angela Duckworth

Arizona State University Global Silicon Valley Summit, May 8-10, 2017
Bedtime Math and Beyond

New Jersey March for Science, April 22, 2017
Featured Speaker

National Math Festival, April 22, 2017
Bedtime Math and Beyond

U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, May 19, 2016
Bright Ideas and Inspiring Minds

Washington STEM Summit, December 1, 2015
Making Math as Great as Dessert

National Book Festival, August 30, 2014
Eating Up Math Like Dessert

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Seventh Annual Literacy Connections Conference, April 2, 2015
Literacy + Numeracy: Knowledge You Can Count On

NJ Department of Education, April 12, 2019
Visionary Woman of Educational Excellence Award

NJ R&D Council, November 2, 2017
Educator of the Year

ExpandEd, May 9, 2017
Spring Benefit Honoree

NJSEEDS, April 13, 2013
Spring Benefit Honoree

Contact Us

For more information about Bedtime Math, or to arrange an interview with Bedtime Math founder Laura Overdeck, please contact Sandy LoPiccolo, Chief Communications Officer, at 908-444-4532 or sandy@bedtimemath.org.

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