Thank you Mount Mary College! I am honored to be included:

The NEA Foundation has just given $5,000.00 to Frank West Elementary to implement the Han5 Math Program in grade three for the 2012-13 school year! This grant is made possible under the Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative to accelerate achievement for under-achieving low income and minority student groups. The Foundation's researched-based strategy shows that developing and strengthening partnerships among local education associations, school districts, and communities is a powerful force for improving student performance and a vehicle for systemic reform. Congrats Frank West! We know your math scores will soar next year! For more information about this grant go to

Han5math is now featured by the Stem Project

Tapp Hancock has been awarded to be an honor member of the 2012-2013 Strathmore Who's Who

Tapp Hancock received a "Career Achievement Award" from Converse College on April 24, 2010.

Thank you Channel 29!

Thank you AOL...

The STEM Inventory is an on-line, user-friendly, searchable database of many California and national STEM programs organized by grade level, geography and topic and targeted to students, STEM practitioners, teachers and parents. It researches and finds existing STEM programs that highlight the best programs and practices available. The Han-5 System is featured on this web site.

Tapp Hancock was presented a math award from Phil Lafontaine (bio)Director, California Department of Education on Nov. 8th 2007 at the Spotbeam Award Dinner hosted by the California Space Authority (CSA) and the California Space Education and Workforce Institute (CSEWI).

Han-5 will be honored at the Bakersfield Mini Math Conference in Bakersfield, California on October 20 , 2007 at 10:00 am 

Inventor of Han-5 is featured in the August 2007 Converse College magazine for her achievement.  
Grad Earns Presidential Teaching Award for Innovative Math Instruction  or
Tapp Hancock '80

While teaching third grade, Tapp Hancock (Class of 1980) grew tired of half of her students not being able to master basic mathematics. “I knew there had to be a better way,” says Tapp, who has taught in California elementary schools for the last twenty years. “Kids want to succeed, but educators need to teach them according to their appropriate learning style and give them the right tools to achieve.”

Guided by the old adage, ‘if you want something done right, do it yourself,’ Tapp set out to find a better way. Han-5, the program she eventually created, was a hit with her students. It earned approval from the State of California as a curriculum supplement and has spread to seventeen California school districts, homes schools in seventeen states and some 2nd through 6th grades in Singapore, Australia, the Netherlands, Philippines, Bahamas and England.

Han-5 incorporates number puppets, Boogie Boards of hand formations and stories that engage the student’s visual, kinesthetic, and auditory senses. It enables students to count, multiply, and divide systematically. “If a student is given a linear number pattern that shows how math facts are constructed, they can start to speak the language and then move on to meaningful, conceptual understandings of it,” Tapp says. “When we learn how to read for comprehension, we first learn how to speak the words. Why not apply this same logic to math problems?”

For her innovative and now patented Han-5 program, Tapp was awarded the 2006 Presidential Award of Excellence, the nation's highest honor for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science. The award, administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and presented to elementary and secondary teachers in alternate years, recognizes a premier group of highly qualified teachers who have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful.

Tapp and other nominees were vetted for the Presidential Award by a state-level committee comprised of prominent mathematicians, scientists, math and science educators, and past award recipients. At the national level, the NSF convened its own committee to review the state finalists and recommend to the President of the United States a single finalist in each category (mathematics or science) for each state or jurisdiction.

Tiffany Tosti, who uses Han-5 in her third grade class at Orangewood Elementary in Bakersfield, California, affirms the important difference that Tapp’s program made for her students. “All different types of learners can benefit from this program,” she said. “The quirky, silly stories and number patterns made multiplication fun. My kinesthetic learners loved moving the number pieces around, my auditory learners loved the stories, and my visual learners loved using my posters and their own hand to help visualize a number pattern. A student with a an IQ of 70 who read at a kindergarten level left third grade knowing 90% of his multiplication and division facts. His self-esteem grew tremendously as well.” Hancock Wins Presidential Award News Clips/11-17-07/Hancock Wins Award.wmv

Tapp Hancock is being honored by President Bush for her innovative math teaching program.
Media coverage: Channels 17, 23, 29, 11
Date aired: 5/17/07
More information can also be found on the California Math Council's web site:$72

BCSD The Bakersfield City School District$616
Congratulations to Tapp Hancock, Owens Elementary teacher who was  recently awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation's highest commendation for K-12 math and science teachers. 
This award recognizes a combination of sustained and exemplary work, both in and outside the classroom and leadership towards the improvement of mathematics and science education. Each year the program recognizes outstanding teachers from across the United States for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. The Awards were established in 1983 by an Act of Congress and are administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation.
Tapp was selected by a national panel for her development of the Han-5 mathematics system. 
It’s a learning tool that utilizes the hands of the students to help them remember math facts through nine different number patterns. After students practice the system they are able to drop their hands and mentally recall the math facts presented.
As the national award winner, Tapp received a grant of $10,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and may use the money at her discretion to promote math and science education. She also received an expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, during which she received a certificate signed by the President. 
The first picture on the upper-right side  (viewing from left to right) is Arden L. Bement, Jr.- Director of the National Science Foundation on the right, Tapp Hancock,  and John H. Marburger, III, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy for the Executive Office of the President .
Tapp was in awe of the events of the week, “WOW.......what an incredible experience and week.” She went on, “The week of PAEMST festivities was phenomenal. The National Science Foundation allowed us to be part-time employees, so we could attend meetings with their top scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Every function and meeting was so informative about how we can make a difference in our students' lives and in education.  It was an honor and privilege to meet and spend time with so many wonderful, talented math and science teachers across our country. I want to thank my District and School Board for supporting and giving me the opportunity to attend. I will cherish these memories forever and encourage all of our great Math and Science teachers to try out for this award.”
The second picture on the left -hand side (viewing from left to right) is Ruth E. Green, former President of the California State Board of Education, Lillie Tapp Latta HancockTapp Hancock, and Jack O'Connel State Superintendent of Instruction for the Calfornia Department of Education.  and

Tap Hancock State Finalist for National Award 
Inventor and Founder of Han-5 Mathematics, Tapp Hancock, 
was awarded an "Everyday Hero Award" by the 
California Math Council on March 10, 2007.

Picture, to the left, was taken with Kenneth NoonanPresident of the California State Board of Education and Jack O'ConnellCalifornia State Superintendent of Public Instruction 
Tap Hancock Presented State Award  
Tapp Hancock received her award in Sacramento last week for being a state finalist for a Presidential award. When: Thursday, November 9, 2006 Where: Sacramento, Wayside School Media Coverage: Channels 17, 11 (Spanish) CLICK the underline  BLUE BAR above TO VIEW!



Award finalist teaches patterns, language of math 
BY LISA SCHENCKER, Californian staff writer Sept. 28, 2006
 A local educator is up for the nation's highest teaching award for inventing a new way to teach math. Tapp Hancock teaches a math lesson in her Wayside School classroom. Tapp is one of four teachers statewide selected as a finalist for the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science.  Forget rote memorization.  Instead, think boogie boards, frogs, stories and, most importantly, the traditional classroom sin of finger counting.  "I got tired of teaching third grade and seeing half the kids not grasp multiplication facts," said Wayside School second-grade teacher Tapp Hancock. "So I started to look at the patterns to see how it works."  Now, 10 years after first inventing her program, Han-5 Mathematics, Hancock is one of four state finalists up for the 2006 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  
This is her second time as a finalist. The system Tapp developed teaches students division and multiplication using their fingers," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell in a news release Thursday.  "This method is innovative and empowers students to solve any math problem."  It's a method Hancock said she patented in 2000.  She uses it to teach her second-graders multiplication, division, fractions and algebra. Students first learn how multiples work through a series of activities and stories. Tapp shows them how to use their hands to multiply, divide and do fractions and  algebra. Tapp spent Thursday morning teaching her students how to work with multiples of four. Students held their hands out, with the two middle fingers folded down, as Tapp gave them multiplication and then division problems.
Then it was time to move on to an even larger challenge -- teaching second-graders algebra. "We know how to divide. Now we can do algebra," Hancock said confidently. "What's a-leg-a-bra?" one student asked. Hancock drew the equation "4x = 28" on her projector. She asked students what x was. Students counted on one hand. Within seconds, all 18 students' hands flew into the air.  "I see all hands up in the air," Hancock said, smiling. "On the bell." Hancock tapped a small tabletop bell and a chorus of tiny voices shouted, " 7!"  
After class, Hancock explained that her program works by teaching students mathematical patterns."  They're learning to speak a mathematical language," Hancock said.  It's a language third-grader Dania Serrato, who was in Hancock's class last year, now speaks fluently.  What's six times seven? She counted her fingers and answered "42" in seconds. What about 50 divided by five? "Ten," she answered quickly.  "If you start easy, you can learn how to do it," Dania said.  "Then it gets easier and easier and easier."

BCSD Teacher Honored

State Senator Roy Ashburn presented a State Senate resolution honoring Tapp Hancock, a teacher at Wayside Elementary, for developing the Han-5 Mathematics System. 
The Han-5 System is a learning tool that utilizes the hands of the students to help them remember math facts through nine different number patterns. After students practice the system they are able to drop their hands and mentally recall the math facts presented.   (the second largest school district in California)

Han-5 Mathematics was written up to be a solution for the topic 
"How do we help all students succeed?" in the North Carolina's  
The News of Observer  on August 28, 2005 "Try the new, new math."

 Han-5 Mathematics is being taught with the "Project Learning English Program" at California State University in Bakersfield, California this summer. Students are L1 and L2 learners that have come from Mexico and South America and are preparing to attend American schools this coming fall. When we visited the classrooms, we saw everyone excited about being able to count by fours up to 200 and being able to multiply 4's up to 19. When we asked several students if they enjoyed  learning Han-5, their response was, "It is fun and easy. We love it, because it make us smart!" Han-5 knows you will continue with your success and welcomes all of  you in learning yet another language, "Counting by Multiples" to be able to add, multiply, divide, solve equivalent fractions, parts to whole, algebra, prime factorization, and the list goes on!  Have fun ~ CHECK OUT THEIR PRE AND POST TESTS!  
Go to the top of this page and click on STATISTICS!

Han-5 Mathematics has signed a three year license's agreement  with Kern County's  Migrant Program Region V  .  
We have to note... just for fun... V means 5 !  We are looking forward to in servicing your teachers (K-12). It is our hope that together we can make a difference in how all of your students will start to obtain conceptual understanding of  math concepts while also seeing how the number system works.... together..... in a very cool, powerful, and systematic way.   Han-5 !    Region V !  Their web site is

Han-5 Mathematics will be teaching the number pattern for eights and then demonstrating how you can multiply, divide, solve equivalent fractions, and parts to whole, by turning your one hand into a calculator, on Do the Math Show  April 18th and 19th 2006. Do the Math Show airs every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Bright House channel 15, and Cox Cable Channel 20.  The program helps students understand  math concepts by working out problems step by step with the student.  

Wayside Elementary in Bakersfield, California  won a $1,000 Chevron/Texaco Grant to supply workbooks for a fourth grade classroom with Jumpin Jive with Han-5: Learning Math Facts 1-9and for two second grade and one third grade classrooms with theHan-5: Learning Addition/ Subtraction Math Fact Families. Check out the winner, Mrs. C., at 
We look forward to seeing and posting your growth of improvement during the 2005-2006 school year!

Bakersfield City School Foundation Grant gave a $2,000 grant (second year in a row) to implement the Han-5 Program as a supplemental resource for grades 2nd through 4th grade at Wayside Elementary for the 2005-2006 school year. For more information about this grant go to  We wish Wayside Elementary continued success.

The television show, "Kids Count" that airs weekly on Cox Cable channel 5, KGOV Television channel 16, Brighthouse Cable channel 11 and Kern Talk Radio 1410 a.m. will show segments of first grade students, during their summer programs, who learned the Han-5 Program this past year. These students will be multiplying, dividing, solving parts to whole and writing equivalent fractions of 1/4 all the way up to 27/172 on the show. The network was so impressed with the students' achievement and performance that they gave all the students "Kids Count" t-shirts.

Tapp Hancock Candidate for Top Award 
Congratulations to Tapp Hancock, BCSD kindergarten teacher at Wayside School.  She was recently named one of two state finalists in a national teaching competition for kindergarten through grade twelve teachers.  She was selected by a national panel for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  Ms. Hancock will be competing against finalists from across the country and only two will be chosen – one math and one science teacher.  Ms. Hancock, who is a finalist for the math award, is well-known for creating a unique math program that teaches multiplication and division using a finger-counting technique.  “I have been using this technique for seven years.  It helps kids achieve in mathematics,” Ms. Hancock said. 

Her enthusiasm is apparent when she shares the simplicity of Han-5.  “I always had about ten students in my class at the end of the year who had a difficult time mastering math.  I knew if there was an easy way to count by twos, fives and tens, there had to be a pattern for counting the other numbers like threes and fours.  When I developed this technique, I thought it would just be used for multiplication.  
I had no idea it would empower kids to solve any algorithm (math problem)."

The Han-5 program is currently being used in the BCSD as a math supplement. Ms. Hancock's goal is that it is eventually used as an intervention program .