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It all started back at the dawn of the age of the internet, 2003. I was working as a second grade teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, when I came across an HTML for beginners book. I had never even thought of building a website prior to this point - I had no experience in computer science and would never have considered myself up for the task of something I assumed would take a lot of expertise. Something, however, drew my interest. I’m not sure if it was the beginning of a vision, or, mere curiosity, but I began experimenting on an old green-backed iMac I had, and the time-honored American Online disk, found ubiquitously at super markets and in mailboxes across the nation. I found great satisfaction in duplicating the examples of the book, and even more, when I could modify them slightly to produce new effects.
That summer, I was able to get popular educational link indexes such as Internet4Classrooms.com and Yahooligans.com to link to various activities and games that were now on my site, making them available to learners throughout the world. This is where things really began to take off as hundreds of visitors per day quickly turned to thousands of visitors per day. With the increased traffic and visibility, I was able to attract my first advertising network ValueClickMedia, and MrNussbaum.com became a business. With actual revenue to drive development, and positive feedback from throughout the world in my inbox each morning, I was more motivated than ever to create. I was able to hire additional developers and artists who produced increasingly complex games, while myself concentrating on the static content development such as the interactive and printable reading comprehension and math activities. From this point, the site really took off and ten thousand visitors per day became twenty thousand, thirty thousand and so on. Since visitors are the life-blood of any website, the additional user base provided me with the resources to put everything into developing the best educational games, resources, and applications available on the internet. Today, the site boasts over 17,000 free activities and 25,000 total activities and serves countless millions of people every year.
There is much more to the story, but I'll add just a few more facts for now: Today, millions of teachers, parents, and learners actively use the site each month. I am very much a real person and still teach full-time and run MrNussbaum.com, MrN365.com, and other sites. The business has grown exponentially to include not only advertising revenue, but licensing and subscription as well. That said, the mission of MrNussbaum.com was ALWAYS to provide engaging educational resources for kids FREE of charge, and forever. I am proud that we have been able to serve the educational community in this manner and plan on continuing as long as time allows.