Meet Mr. L

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Bill Lombard, a.k.a. Mr. L: Teacher & Teacher Trainer; Conference Presenter;  Print, Web, & Video Author

Bill Lombard recently retired from Foothill High School, ten miles east of Redding. He has taught at the high school level, middle school level, at the community college, and at the adult/teacher level. For the last fifteen years Bill has presented mathematics curriculum to teachers at conferences and workshops.
Bill has assisted Brad Fulton, former California Middle School Educator of the Year, in writing more than a dozen books for math teachers as well as over twenty-five Teacher Resource Manuals for teacher training seminars. On Brad’s website, Teacher to Teacher Press, you may find more materials to help math teachers. Known throughout the country for motivating and engaging teachers and students, Brad and Bill create activities that help teachers who believe mathematics must be both meaningful and powerful.


Contact Mr. L by email

Bill’s goal is to make mathematics both understandable and meaningful for his students, and on this website he shares some of his materials, lessons, and other information to help both teachers and students to be successful in the math classroom.

Seminar leader and trainer of mathematics teachers

  • California Math Council and NCTM/NCSM presenter
  • Lead trainer for summer teacher training institutes
  • Trainer/consultant for district, county, regional, and national workshops

Co-author of mathematics curriculum

  • Simply Great Math Activities series: five books covering all major strands
  • Math Discoveries series: four books bringing math alive for students in middle schools
  • Teacher Training Resource Handbooks for elementary, middle, and secondary teachers

Workshops, conference sessions, and keynote addresses

All workshops provide participants with complete and ready-to-use activities. These activities require minimal preparation, use materials commonly found in classrooms, and give clear and specific directions and format. Participants will also receive journal prompts, homework suggestions, and ideas for extensions and assessment.

- Tizoc Tirado, kindergarten teacher

“I have learned more about math in these five days than in all my career.”- Annie Jackson, 5th grade teacher“Brad and Bill’s math activities are the best I’ve seen in 30 years of teaching!”- Wayne Dequer, 7th grade math teacher“The best and most practical and relevant workshop I have ever attended. Thank You!”- Leslie Lowman, high school teacher

  10 Responses to “Meet Mr. L”

  1. Hi Bill,

    I’ll be teaching Algebra I to 8th graders for the first time this year. What do find is a good policy for grading/marking HW? I’m thinking of using a 5 point rubric although I don’t forsee collecting it everday. In the past I started HW grades at a 100 for everyone and deducted 5 points for each missed HW. Any suggestions. Thanks.

  2. Hi Matt,
    What a coincidence! I make homework worth 5 points also, and assign it daily; that way students never have to wonder if they have homework; the answer is always YES! The only days “without homework” are typically days before holidays, like Thanksgiving. But then the homework is “Don’t eat too much.” I collect it each day but don’t necessarily grade it – after teaching for many years, grading papers isn’t my favorite thing. Hope this helps.
    - Mr. L

  3. i really enjoy your math equation searches that i do in school and i’m doing one right now and it’s really fun, so thank you for making them

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