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Our Founders

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.

Management Staff

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Matt Weber - Campus Director

Matt Weber is Campus Director of the AoPS Academy Princeton. He has had a wide-ranging career in education, including both Math and Language Arts. He has also worked as the Hiring Director at a tutoring company. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and French Literature from Brown University, a Master's Degree in Math Education from City College of New York, and a second Master's, in Music Composition, from Hunter College. When not managing his campus or teaching his classes, he can often be found writing music or playing the piano.

Matt Weber - Campus Director

Bertilla Sieben - Assistant Campus Director

Bertilla is the Assistant Director of AoPS Academy in Princeton, NJ. She recently graduated from Princeton University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in French while also completing substantial mathematics coursework. After graduation, she was a student teacher at John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton, teaching Math and French. During her middle and high school years, she attended a school in Hungary with a special mathematics curriculum and participated in numerous Hungarian and US math competitions including USAMTS, AMC, and AIME. As an undergraduate, she was a course assistant for the Princeton Mathematics Department, an assistant for online AoPS courses, and a counselor at Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM). In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, ping pong, and board games. She is also an accomplished pianist.

Bertilla Sieben - Assistant Campus Director

Instructors

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Arlene Cohen

Arlene Cohen has been a dedicated middle school math teacher in the central New Jersey area for over twenty years, at Princeton Day School and at The Pennington School. A graduate of Wellesley College with a BA in Cognitive Science, she has served many roles inside and outside the classroom, all with the aim of expanding upon the educational experience of her students. She is passionate about instilling creativity into problem-solving, as evidenced by her work with the Destination Imagination program in schools. Her creative endeavors extend outside her school life, as she is a lifelong needleworker who has won awards for her work and currently designs patterns purchased by stitchers around the world.

Arlene Cohen

Jacqueline Martin

Jacqueline Martin is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with a BS in Elementary Education and Mathematics. She has been teaching for 5 years and has had the opportunity to work with many different grades, from grades 1 through high school, teaching mathematics at all different levels. Currently, she is teaching mathematics at the middle school level. When she is not teaching, she enjoys playing the violin.

Jacqueline Martin
"Our homeschooled son is extremely gifted in math and science.  He really feels at home at AoPS Academy.  Through coaching and personal attention at AoPS, he achieved a 5 in AP Calculus at 11 years old and a 4 in AP Statistics at 12.  He also achieved an 800 on SAT II math at 12 years old.  Our son feels very comfortable in the atmosphere of AoPS, where being gifted in math is not looked down on, but treated with respect.  He has truly found his peers at AoPS Academy. 

AoPS Academy allows my son to be himself, learn that there are other kids well advanced in math, and gives him the confidence to know that it is OK to be great in math, and that other people will respect and value his ability."

-Neil D.
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