Lucas Allen has been interested in math and technology for as long as he can remember. He has taught math at the high school level since 2001, first at Danville High School and later at Morton High School, including every class from Pre-Algebra through AP Calculus.
Allen has also coached academic teams at Morton, including the math team, WYSE team (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering), and chess team. In recent years, his math teams have been particularly successful, putting together a run of four straight top 3 state finishes, highlighted by the 2012 Illinois State Championship.
In the summer of 2010, Allen launched Tech Powered Math, a site designed to assist teachers, students, and parents with information about math education technologies. The site rapidly grew in popularity, and by early 2011, Tech Powered Math was cited as a source by both Engadget and CNET for Allen's story on the release of the TI-Nspire CX, Texas Instruments' first color graphing calculator. His interest in graphing calculators led him to author his first book, TI-Nspire (TM) Tutorials, How to Dominate Math With the TI-Nspire Graphing Calculator. Vol 1, The TI-Nspire for Beginners.
Allen's interests include a variety of technologies. He is the rare mobile electronics aficionado who enjoys both Android and iOS and is the proud owner of both a Samsung Galaxy S2 and an iPad 2.
He is also interested in the technologies of internet marketing, such as social media, email marketing, and search engine optimization. In his evening hours, he has worked as a one man internet marketing firm for small businesses in Central Illinois.
Allen resides in East Peoria, IL with his wife Kathleen and daughter Rachel.