Celia Baron

M.Sc. Mathematics, M.Sc. Mathematics Education

Celia Baron's passion for mathematics was extraordinary. She devoted her career to helping students discover the magic and wonder of numbers and develop a deep appreciation for mathematics.

She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1945 and showed an interest in numbers from a young age. She obtained her BSc Honours in Mathematics, followed by her MSc in Mathematics and finally her MSc in Mathematics Education from the University of Manitoba.

After graduating, she taught all levels of mathematics from kindergarten to grade 12. In 1996 she decided to leave classroom teaching to start her own business, MathImagine. She began by producing math puzzles, reviewing math resources and tutoring at all levels. From there, she partnered with the Manitoba Department of Education to create a new distance education curriculum for consumer math.

She loved designing this material and realized her passion was in creating. She decided to combine her extensive math knowledge, application of education theories, and ability to design fun puzzles into a new venture: MathImagine resources.

These resources include the Thinking Strategies series, followed by the Cross-Number series. She led numerous workshops and professional development events for teachers all across North America, sharing her material. She was awarded the Murray McPherson Award in 2015 for her contribution to the development of Mathematics Education in Manitoba. She passed away in 2016.

The materials she has authored and co-authored for mathematics education include:

  • Brain Sizzlers: Puzzles for Critical Thinkers (Good Year Books)
  • Essentials of Mathematics 10 (Pacific Educational Press)
  • Essentials of Mathematics 11 (Pacific Educational Press)
  • Essentials of Mathematics 12 (Pacific Educational Press)
  • Consumer Mathematics, Grades 10–12 (Province of Manitoba)
  • The Learning Equation (ITP Nelson)
  • Puzzles for Math Power Magazine and Puzzlemania Magazine
  • Thinking Strategies (MathImagine)
  • Cross-Number Discovery Puzzles and Games (MathImagine)

“For a teacher, there is no greater experience than that incredible moment when a student just ‘gets it’– that ‘a-ha’ moment when you know that you’ve made a difference. As a mathematics teacher, I devoted my career to helping young learners become more comfortable with mathematics and more passionate about it. As an author, trainer, and developer of teaching materials, I do my best to share my enthusiasm with my fellow educators and to create tools to make those ‘a-ha’ moments happen more often.”


Celia’s children are continuing on with MathImagine

Celia Baron’s puzzles have been a huge hit in my classroom. When it is time to do a puzzle, the kids actually cheer! I would recommend the puzzles to any teacher.

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