Zdeňka Guadarrama is the Director of Mathapalooza. She is a Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Analytics and Technology, and Program Director for Applied Mathematics at Rockhurst University. She is also the co-founder of Math Through Play a social enterprise focused on bringing mathematical play into communities.
Zdeňka strongly believes that there is enough variety of mathematics out there for everyone to enjoy, and that play can help challenge conventions about what mathematics is and how it is taught. Her strengths lie in being able to conceptualize and implement playful environments that naturally nurture mathematical exploration and thought. She has written and published inquiry based mathematics curriculum, given talks across the country about mathematics and mathematics education, designed national workshops for teachers to help them bring mathematical inquiry into their classes, and created a range of programs to introduce the community to meaningful, beautiful and enjoyable mathematics.