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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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Vincent Gil - Campus Director

Vincent Gil - Campus Director

Before Vincent Gil became the Campus Director for AoPS Academy Johns Creek, he chaired the Math Department at Western Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was 2017–2018 Teacher of the Year. Vince is passionate about making math fun and showing his students how it applies to their lives. He has taught middle and high school math in the US and in Korea and has worked with IB, AP, and pre-AP students. Vince has a BS in math and MS in mathematics teaching from Texas Woman’s University. In his free time, he likes to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and try new foods.

Danielle Goodwin - Associate Director

Danielle Goodwin - Associate Director

Dr. Danielle Goodwin, or "Doc" as her students call her, is an Associate Director at AoPS Academy Johns Creek. With over two decades in mathematics education, Dr. Goodwin has held many influential roles including Department Chair of Mathematics Education, Dean of Mathematics, Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics Education, and Lead Mathematics Instructional Designer. She has led hundreds of professional development workshops and conference presentations, conducted several large educational research projects, and has numerous publications in academic journals. One of her favorite things to do is supervise student projects. She has helped K-16 students do projects on algorithmically-generated music, the “perfect” shuffles problem, Pick’s Theorem, Mathemagics, and tracing the historical development of mathematics concepts.

Damian Romney - Associate Director

Damian Romney - Associate Director

Damian Romney is an Associate Director at AoPS Academy Johns Creek. He has been teaching middle-school English language arts and social studies since 2013 and is passionate about getting young people engaged in thinking about and solving local, national, and global problems. He moved to the Alpharetta area in 2017 and spent a year teaching at Atlanta’s Kindezi School at Old Fourth Ward before he enrolled at the University of Georgia for a Master’s in middle grades education. Outside the classroom, Damian can be found reading, enjoying video games, biking the local nature trails, and woodworking.

Instructors

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David Ancalle

David Ancalle

David is an engineer with a passion for teaching. He studied at the University of Illinois, Liberty University, and the University of Puerto Rico and focuses on flood prevention and computational modeling. He also loves showing students how math equations can be applied in the real world, and teaches engineering courses at Kennesaw State University as well as and humanities classes at Gwinnett Technical College. David is driven to help his students apply their theoretical knowledge in creative and practical ways. In his free time, he volunteers at transcribing Greek, teaching Sunday School, playing music in his church, and tutoring.

Dr. Xionghui (Shawn) He

Dr. Xionghui (Shawn) He

Dr. Xionghui (Shawn) He enjoys teaching fun, creative lessons that help his students understand math and reach their academic goals. He earned his PhD in math from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and currently works as a professor, teaching all levels of math from pre-algebra through calculus, statistics, and differential equations. Dr. He’s goal is for all his students to be able to succeed in their math classes!

David McBride

David McBride

David has more than ten years of experience teaching math, computer animation, and game development. He taught computer animation, graphic design, and 3D game development in China at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, was awarded the Chongquing Excellent Foreign Teacher Award, and opened a multimedia training center in Beijing. David has also developed educational computer games, created an architectural animation that helped Georgia State University secure major funding for a multimedia lab, and has built web-based modules for learning molecular biology.

Jeffrey Peterson

Jeffrey Peterson

When Jeffrey discovered AoPS, he was teaching English composition at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in English from the University of West Georgia. Throughout his career, Jeffrey has enjoyed teaching creative writing, English composition, and music. Originally from Fayetteville, GA, he's taught high school and collegiate level, while tutoring various age groups. When not teaching, Jeffrey enjoys watching movies, writing poetry, and weight lifting.

Prakash Singhi

Prakash Singhi

Prakash has been teaching math for more than 20 years and is proud of all the progress his students have made. As a teacher, Prakash works to identify his students’ weaknesses early and helps them strengthen their understanding of basic concepts. He loves showing students the interconnections between different areas of math! Prakash graduated from engineering college in India and has worked in the tech industry as well as the precious stone industry. In his free time, he enjoys racquetball, singing, and math puzzles.

"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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