Denise Gaskins enjoys math, and she delights in sharing that joy with young people. <br> “Math is not just rules and rote memory,” she says. “Math is like ice cream, with more flavors than you can imagine. And if all you ever do is textbook math, that’s like eating broccoli-flavored ice cream.” <br> A veteran homeschooling mother of five, Denise has taught or tutored mathematics at every level from pre-K to undergraduate physics. “Which,” she explains, “at least in the recitation class I taught, was just one story problem after another. What fun!” <br> Now she writes the popular Let’s Play Math blog and manages the monthly Playful Math Education blog carnival.