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Richard Rusczyk

Art of Problem Solving was founded by Richard Rusczyk in 2003 to create interactive educational opportunities for avid math students. Richard is the author or a co-author of 7 AoPS textbooks and a past Director of the USA Mathematical Talent Search. He was a participant in National MATHCOUNTS, a three-time participant in the Math Olympiad Summer Program, and a USA Mathematical Olympiad winner (1989). He received the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions Paul Erdös Award in 2014. He graduated from Princeton University in 1993, and worked as a bond trader for D.E. Shaw & Company for four years. AoPS marks Richard's return to his vocation - educating motivated students.

Glen Dawson

Glen Dawson is the National Director of AoPS Academy. In 2014, Glen founded a learning center in Morrisville, North Carolina, that two years later became the first AoPS Academy campus. He has experience as a college math professor, statistician, and expert SAS programmer. He has been a professional math tutor for many years, and specializes in training academically-advanced and high-performing math students. Glen is a graduate of Duke University and holds a graduate degree in statistics from Boston University.

David Patrick

Dave joined AoPS in 2004. He is the author or a co-author of 4 AoPS textbooks. Dave earned the sole perfect score on the American High School Mathematics Examination (AHSME) in 1988 and was a USA Mathematical Olympiad winner that year. He attended the Research Science Institute (RSI) in 1987, and the Math Olympiad Summer Program in 1988, where he first met fellow student Richard Rusczyk. He also finished in the top 10 on the Putnam exam in 1991. Dave graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 1992 with a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science and an MS in Mathematics. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT in 1997. He was an acting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington from 1997 to 2001. Dave is originally from Western New York and is an alumnus of the SUNY Buffalo Gifted Math Program.

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Kelcie Bartley

Kelcie is the National Sales Manager of AoPS Academy. She holds her Masters degree in gifted education from Northwestern University, with a focus on the social and emotional needs of underrepresented students in gifted programming. Prior to joining AoPS, Kelcie worked as a diversity and inclusion practitioner for an independent school in St. Louis, where she designed and taught social justice courses, trained parents and teachers, and led community outreach initiatives. In her spare time, Kelcie enjoys sewing, watching movies, and lurking in the comments sections of her favorite blogs.

Kelcie Bartley

Kelly Jones

Kelly is the National Language Arts Director of AoPS Academy, and she considers herself lucky to have been a part of the Morrisville Academy since it opened its doors in 2014. In a past life, Kelly was a public school teacher and a private tutor. She is a licensed reading specialist and language arts instructor, spanning all grade levels from kindergarten through high school. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in education from Penn State University and a master's degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When she has time on her hands, Kelly runs a lot, reads a lot, and hangs out with her two kids, objectively the coolest kids on the block.

Kelly Jones

Yating Liu

Yating Liu is the National Operations Director of AoPS Academy. He earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Peking University, and he received his M.S. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Ohio State. Before joining AoPS, he was a tenure track faculty member at Old Dominion University, and was among the youngest doctoral advisors of the institution at the time. Yating was a one-time champion in China's national level math competition and a two-time champion in provincial level physics competitions by the age of 15, the same age that he received a college entrance exam waiver for any university in the nation. In his free time, Yating enjoys hiking, playing ping pong, and swimming.

Yating Liu

Tasha Moyer

Tasha is the Director of Teacher Training and Development of AoPS Academy. In 2009, Tasha graduated with a math degree from Arizona State, where Barack Obama gave her commencement address. After college, she joined Teach For America and taught Algebra I and Algebra Readiness for two years at Willow Glen High School in San Jose, CA. She then moved to Oakland, CA to teach Precalc and AP Calc at KIPP King Collegiate High School. At King, she also served as Math Department Chair. In 2014, Tasha joined AoPS, where she has worn many hats. Now, she could not be more excited to be back in the classroom. In her spare time, Tasha enjoys exploring San Diego with her friends, running and doing yoga by the beach, and cuddling with her adorable cat Eli.

Tasha Moyer
"My children have been students of AoPS Academy for several years now. The staff is very good at identifying and encouraging high achieving students to attain their fullest potential. The instructors engage kids to solve tough math problems, and push them to think logically and come up with unique solutions, instead of following a memorized formula. I have witnessed many classes where students are given the opportunity to suggest multiple ways of approaching the same problem. This has really helped my children develop independent learning skills and a stronger foundation in mathematics. The staff truly care for each and every student’s growth. Every child gets an abundance of individual attention. Programs such as the math competition classes, MATHCOUNTS Trainer Contest, and Short Story Contest really challenge the kids to reach up to the next level. The language arts classes like Debate & Public Speaking and College Essay Writing provide a much higher quality of education for their students. Thank you so much for being such a valuable resource for my children. "
-Usha D.
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