Hello and welcome!  I'm Flux Rutherford, Mathematics Educator.  My pronouns are they/them.  It's nice to meet you!

I am a neuro-divergent non-binary person whose ancestors first arrived in the Pacific Northwest in the 1870’s.  Growing up near the forests of Washington state gave me the invaluable experience of feeling connected to and reverent of the natural world, a feeling that I carry in my heart to this day.

I feel a profound sorrow that this land was stolen from the Indigenous People by colonizers.  Please consider donating to your local tribal organization, such as Real Rent Duwamish.

I earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Portland State University in 2008, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While there I served as a member of a research team for three years investigating alternative classroom teaching methods for college level mathematics courses.  

I have also earned a Master's Degree at the University of Washington, where I focused on educational neuroscience-based curriculum and instructional design for elementary aged learners.  

My primary goal is to create a safe space for gender-expansive, lgbtqia+, and neuro-diverse learners to engage in mathematical thinking. 

Some of my additional interests include helping students cope with math anxiety, increasing gender equity in the classroom, and the intersection of mathematics with the arts.  

I have taught in and designed curriculum for all manner of environments: college math classes, all girl math camps, private high schools, academically intensive math camps, and mathematics based art classes.  

I believe that mathematics is one of the most beautiful, creative, cool, and useful pursuits in life and I would love to show you why.

When I am not busy getting excited about math, I can be found singing and dancing, drawing fractals and cartoons, caring for my non-human animal and plant friends, and generally being insatiably curious in every direction at once.   

"What's the point of learning math? I'm never going to use algebra in my daily life!"

Good question! It can be hard to understand the point sometimes. I like to compare learning mathematics to going to the gym. You don't work out in order to be the best at doing sit-ups or pushups or jumping-jacks. You exercise your body so that it is strong and fast and healthy, and then you can do anything you want with it! You can play ultimate frisbee or breakdance or learn martial arts...there is no limit to what you can accomplish! 

Math is like that for your brain.  By solving puzzles and becoming an independent learner you train your brain to be fast and flexible, and then you can teach yourself to do anything: program computers, fix cars, bake delicious pies, or anything else you can imagine.

Flux’s Academic Accomplishments in Math Education Research:

February 25- February 28, 2010

The SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Conference

Mathematicians' Mathematical Thinking for Teaching, Responding to Students' Conjectures 

August 5-August 8, 2009

Mathematical Association of America, MathFest 2009, Portland State University

A Local Instructional Theory for the Guided Reinvention of the Quotient Group Concept 

February 26 - March 1, 2009

The SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Conference

A Local Instructional Theory for the Guided Reinvention of the Quotient Group Concept 

February 8- February 10, 2008

Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

Undergraduate Students Reinvent the Quotient Group Concept