The current version of MathTV.com was started in 2008. That summer, Mr. McKeague hired six of his students to help him proofread and error check a college algebra book he was working on. Because of the extremely positive attitude of his students toward improving the book they were proofreading, Mr. McKeague decided to see how the students would do in the studio. With a little coaching they actually did very well. In 2009, we started adding online versions of three of Mr. McKeague's textbooks to the website, and experimenting with building an online homework system. In 2010 we published the first print versions of those textbooks with our new publishing company XYZ Textbooks, and we officially launched our online homework and gradebook software with XYZ Homework. As of now over 80 schools use our books.
Our Mission Statement
We produce quality materials for mathematics instruction, including textbooks (both print and electronic) videos, online homework, and worksheets. We want students to buy new copies of our textbooks and keep them for reference for courses they will take later in their college careers. We offer all of our products at a reasonable price, with professional, accessible service. Our goal is to give students the opportunity to be successful in any college mathematics course from basic mathematics through the first year of calculus. Study skills, success skills, and common mistakes are integrated in with all our materials.
When the first two books authored by Charles P. "Pat" McKeague were published, the art department needed a cover design and went to a local New York City hardware store. They purchased X, Y and Z wood address blocks, brought them back and photographed them. This has been a trademark of ours ever since, and has appeared on the covers of McKeague books for years.
Charles P. "Pat" McKeague, Publisher, CEO
Mr. McKeague earned his B.A. in Mathematics from California State University, Northridge and his M.S. in Mathematics from BYU. He began his teaching career at Lompoc High School in 1970. During the summers in Lompoc, he taught elementary school. In 1973 he became a full-time instructor at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California. His first book, Elementary Algebra, was published in 1979, with a price of $12.95 to students. In 1985 he resigned his full time teaching position at Cuesta College and began his tenure as a part time instructor, and full-time textbook author. In 1995 he became a lecturer at Cal Poly State University, teaching calculus and differential equations. Mr. McKeague is very active in the mathematics community, speaking at regional and national mathematics conferences throughout the year. He was on the writing team for the American Mathematics Association for Two-Year College (AMATYC) Beyond Crossroads project, which set the standards for mathematics instruction at the two-year college. In 2007 he was awarded the AMATYC Presidential Award for his service to the two-year college mathematics community.
IN HIS OWN WORDS: I have had a wonderful, varied teaching career, from teaching elementary school classes, all the way through to freshman calculus at the university. I am best suited to community college teaching. My heart is in the developmental mathematics courses. Don't get me wrong, I love to teach calculus, but I identify more closely with the developmental math students, and I think I am more effective there. Throughout my career I have been extremely lucky to have students that always impressed me with their willingness to improve their position in life through education. My teaching colleagues have been patient and helpful, and have done their best to make me a better teacher. My friend Patrick Clevenger was a great role model for me in my first teaching job, and Gil Stork was the person that I tried to emulate when I got to the community college. When I needed someone to show me to look at things from a business point of view, Fred Russell was the person I relied upon. My publishing career has been a dream, and I have been extremely lucky to have worked with some of best editors in the business: Stephen Guty, Michael Johnson, Nancy Evans, Liz Widdicombe, Amy Barnett, Rich Jones, and Anne Scanlan-Rohrer to name only a few.
Amy Jacobs, Sales Director
Amy has 10 years of experience in publishing, starting as a sales representative with Wadsworth and Brooks/Cole Publishing, representing those companies first in Los Angeles and then later in the San Francisco Bay Area. She lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband and 3 children.
IN HER OWN WORDS: I graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a degree in English. My first job out of college was with International Thomson Publishing. I was a sales representative in Southern California and sold social science textbooks at two- and four-year colleges. I loved that job! There is a wonderful energy to being on campus with students and instructors, and the friendships I made within the company were wonderful. After a couple of successful years I transferred to Northern California and sold business, science, and mathematics textbooks for Harcourt College Publishing. The two companies merged and there were literally hundreds of different titles to sell. I left the industry for a few years to raise my kids. When Pat McKeague started MathTV and XYZTextbooks, I signed on. I love my job! I have a flexible schedule and since we are a small company, it is like going back in time and having all the things I liked about publishing when I first started my career.