The Early Math Application
Les MayField III
Les Mayfield (left) has had a celebrated Hollywood career. He began as a director of TV specials on the making of blockbuster films including Back to the Future, Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He went on to co-produce Hearts of Darkness, a documentary on the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. The universally acclaimed film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. Mayfield made his transition to directing features with the Disney comedy hit Encino Man. That was followed by a remake of the classic Miracle on 34th Street, the first of two films Mayfield directed for writer/ producer John Hughes. The second was Disney’s Flubber, the international movie event starring Robin Williams. His other films have included the action hit The Blue Streak starring Martin Lawrence, the Western American Outlaws, and The Man starring Samuel L. Jackson. Mayfield is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema.
Bill Rus (right) is also a graduate of the USC School of Cinema, he is an entertainment industry veteran. He served as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Paramount Pictures for over two decades, working on the campaigns for over 250 films including such classic franchises as Mission Impossible, Indiana Jones, Star Trek, Iron Man, and Transformers. He supervised custom campaigns for the Academy Award winning Best Pictures Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Titanic. In family entertainment, he oversaw advertising initiatives on Nickelodeon's animated films including Rugrats, Jimmy Neutron and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. In the world of children’s television, he served as Executive in Charge of Production on the animated series The Busy World of Richard Scarry. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Foreign Language nominating committee for the annual Oscars.
Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree from University of California, San Diego. She taught secondary school mathematics for over 20 years. Lisa then went on to coach other teachers for about 10 years. She has worked at the California Department of Education (CDE) helping to create the state’s Math Framework. It was at CDE where she joined in the work of the Early Math Project creating resources for educators and parents. Lisa now works for Fresno County Superintendent of Schools on the California Early Math Initiative working exclusively on early math education. Her passions are math education, horses and other animals, the sea, and family (not necessarily in that order!).
Naomi Reeley has been involved with the Early Math Project since June 2019 where she started as an intern. Naomi joined the team in hopes of developing and promoting resources for the project that would encourage family engagement in mathematics. Naomi is particularly interested in promoting ways to include math in daily routines by providing tips and suggestions about everyday activities. She finds it very important to create resources that are engaging, fun, and informational in order to build a child’s confidence and comfortability in math.