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Since employers value creativity in the rapidly changing twenty-first century, creativity has become an intentionally incorporated and named part of the higher education curriculum through courses, programs, and faculty titles. Further, as Christians, creativity connects to our identity as image bearers of God the Creator and our mission as his children. Although as mathematicians we may view ourselves as highly creative, others fail to understand the creative aspects of our field and the role mathematics can play in developing students’ creative skills. Due to the current importance of creativity, we suggest mathematics educators learn the terminology of creativity experts so that we can prepare our students to transfer their creative practices to other non-mathematical contexts and to effectively communicate their creative mathematical experiences to prospective employers. We provide an example mapping between creativity as described in Don Perini’s text Emerge and math instructional practices.