The Down and Dirty: A “how-to” Math Book by Phyllis Hunsinger provides a straight-forward, traditional approach to mastery of the fundamentals of math from fractions to quadratics. The reference book reviews number systems and basic operations up to, and including, the fundamental tenets of algebra. There are “how to” instructions followed by examples. The glossary also serves as the index with page links to the instructions and examples when applicable.


Phyllis Hunsinger has a passion for education, serving as a secondary math teacher, middle school and high school principal, and retiring as school superintendent. Failing retirement, she continued to work as a teacher evaluator for Visiting International Faculty, a southwest regional representative for the Colorado Department of Education, and an educational coordinator for GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).

Phyllis has an undergraduate degree in chemistry, with a minor in English; her master’s degree is in math/secondary educational administration. Phyllis is the founder of the FREE Foundation (Freedom & Responsibility Education Enterprise). As a graduate of the Leadership Program of 

the Rockies, Phyllis is committed to informing young people about the greatness of the United States and the free market economy, which has proven to provide the best avenue to success and the pursuit of happiness. Phyllis believes that math is a tool used to solve problems; and, students with a strong knowledge of basic mathematics are poised for success in a free market economy.

Phyllis lives with her husband, J.A. Hunsinger, in Grand Junction, Colorado.                       


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