Our Team


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

In 2014, Glen founded a learning center in Morrisville, North Carolina, that two years later became the first AoPS Academy campus. Glen served as the National Director of AoPS Academy until his retirement in 2019. 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.


Directors

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Shanika Semexant-Audige

Shanika Semexant-Audige Campus Director

Shanika has over 11 years of experience in education as a teacher, instructional and school leader in the city of Newark. She got her start in education with Teach For America (Greater New Jersey) after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College. She's excited to work at AoPS because she gets to engage with high quality content that brings both joy and rigor to the classroom. From her very first day with AoPS, she noticed that the culture (across departments) is dedicated to building a productive that elevates the student learning experience, and she's grateful to be on the frontlines teaching with and leading a site of dedicated, life long learners. While there is so much to love about working with students, what Shanika loves most is seeing the triumph students express when experience a breakthrough or overcoming a challenge! Shanika describes her teaching style as student centered. This means that students do the heavy lifting through techniques like guided discourse, inquiry based projects, and, when necessary, a little bit of direct instruction from the teacher.

Tina Dalaya

Tina Dalaya Associate Director

Tina majored in elementary education and special education at American University in Washington D.C., and went on to earn her master’s degree in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania. After researching inequities in education in Philadelphia, Tina moved back to New Jersey, where she grew up, to continue her work in education, which led her to AoPS! What Tina loves most about working with students is getting to tackle problems and find different solutions with the help of her students' different perspectives. She describes her teaching style as challenging, yet tailored to the needs of her students, as well as highly engaging.

Our family regularly talks about AoPS. We try to think about how our life would be different without you all. What if my daughter hadn't learned to love math? What if she never experienced being pushed to her limits? Overcoming failure? She wouldn't be who she is. And she is AWESOME! A very proud mom here. We are so fortunate that we found AoPS Academy. I credit AoPS for much of her confidence.

Kelly B.,

AoPS Academy parent to 16-year-old engineering major at UW and future cancer researcher