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Richard RusczykArt 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 DawsonGlen 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 PatrickDave 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.
Kelcie is the National Director of Outreach for 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.
Kyle is the Operations Specialist of AoPS Academy. Joined AoPS full-time in 2012, Kyle is a co-author of the Beast Academy books for students in grades 2-5. In 2009, he earned dual BS degrees in mathematics and biology as a Dean's Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, he joined Teach For America (TFA) to help close the achievement gap in low-income communities. As part of the TFA corps, he worked in rural New Mexico, where he taught sixth- and eight-grade math, earning honors for achieving the highest one-year gains in the state. He enjoys dancing poorly, and as a matter of principle will only buy prime rib if the number of ribs is actually prime.
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.
Chris is the Procurement Administrator for AoPS Academy. She joined the Morrisville, North Carolina campus in 2014 and has since made her third (and hopefully last!) cross-country move to settle in sunny San Diego. Chris holds a degree in paralegal studies, has two beautiful daughters, and loves horror flicks.
Yating Liu is the National Operations Director of AoPS Academy. He is the designer or significant contributor of seven AoPS Academy courses. Yating earned his BS in math from Peking University and his MS in math and PhD in math education from Ohio State. Before joining AoPS, he was one of the youngest tenure track faculty and doctoral advisors at Old Dominion University. 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 fifteen—the same year that he received an entrance exam waiver for any university in the nation. In his free time, Yating enjoys hiking, playing ping pong, and swimming.
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 Precalculus and AP Calculus at KIPP King Collegiate High School, where 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.
Shannon is Project Manager at AoPS Academy, where she oversees the launch of new Academy campuses across the nation. She has executed a variety of roles since joining AoPS in 2011, including as co-author of AoPS's Beast Academy series, curriculum developer, teacher in the AoPS Online School, and manager of customer service and internal operations. Shannon holds a degree in mathematics from UCLA and has been actively involved in Math Circles in Los Angeles, San Diego, and New Mexico for nearly a decade. She loves math jokes and all things combinatorics.