Our Team

Dr. Li’s curriculum has proven to be successful again and again over the years because he simply knows what works and what doesn’t. Over the course more than two decades, his extensive experience in the field of education extends far beyond the scope of traditional schooling. Designed for the best and brightest students, his renowned curriculum is a refreshing reminder of what solid mathematical and English education should be.

About our Team:

Math Instructors:

Dr. Li
Purdue University
Ph. D., Computer Science

Envisioning the importance of education for future generations, Dr. Li founded MathEnglish.com in 1995 to provide vigorous curriculum to his own children while working as a software architect in the technology industry. Since its inception in Rockville, Maryland, this institution has helped many students achieve their academic goals. The accomplishments are attributed to one single principle: to empower students with a net; not a fish. Over the years, Dr. Li's desire to inspire the brightest got fired up after his own children finishing college and working in the industry.

From K-12, Dr. Li's students begin building a solid foundation in reading, vocabulary, writing, analysis, public speaking, and mathematical/logical reasoning. After nearly two decades, the same parents continue sending their children to Dr. Li’s Math/English programs. Alumni of Dr. Li's programs have been admitted to the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world and many have enjoyed professional success.

Dr. Li and his team fulfills high-potential students' innermost academic needs by guiding them them to stay ahead in the K-12 academic race. This is achieved by relentlessly instlling students with a desire to succeed, the most important ingredient for academic (and life) success.

* Dr. Li  received his BA and MA in Mathematics from the National Taiwan University, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1995.

** Dr. Li is a software engineer at Hughes Network Systems, senior research scientist at Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies), senior software architect of TransTech Networks, and CTO of Smart Technologies in Taiwan-- a technology design company in the business of manufacturing printed circuit boards and device software for industrial control systems. Since 2008, Dr. Li has shifted his focus to the high-end education industry, and is a leader in the field.

 [Comments by an observing parent]
Dear Dr. Li,
Thank you for the time you spent with me today and the information you shared about your class. It was an honor to be able to observe you teaching the math class. You are indeed enthusiastic and an also master at keeping the students interested and participating in learning mathematics. Watching you and the students helped me envision the way the program has been operating with much more clarity than when we discussed it beforehand. I am very pleased with the extremely positive approach you have with the students. I noticed that there were no failures, only successes in your class. I highly approve with that approach to teaching, especially in such a program setting. I observed how you create examples on the whiteboard for students to work at their seats and have them write down their answers so that you can check them. Thank you again for a very inspirational visit to your class.

Denise Stevenson earned a BS in Mathematics and an MA in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Maryland at College Park.  She worked as a Staff Mathematician for the Engineering, Tides, and Mapping Branches of the National Ocean Survey for 8 years.  She subsequently left her career with the Federal Government to raise and home educate her five children as well as to teach in a variety of venues.  Since 1995 she has taught both enrichment and core classes in Math and Science for students from early elementary age through high school.  She has also privately tutored Math and Science for students from elementary school through junior college.  Denise desires her students to not only gain mastery of basic mathematical processes but also to gain confidence and competence in applying what they know to harder mathematical problems.  She encourages creativity and logical reasoning skills in her students as they progress in their skills and take on new and more complex technical challenges.

English Instructors:

Dr. Thomson
Yale University
Ph. D. , History

 Dr. Williell R. Thomson Since 1998, Dr. Thomson has collaborated with Dr. Li to help thousands of high and middle school students in the D. C. Metro area to cross the challenging bridge from secondary education into the college years. Their success in this endeavor is widely known and deeply appreciated. Whether the major concern is the PSAT or the SAT, SAT II or AP exams, Dr. Li and Dr. Thomson masterfully apply decades of experience to quelling test anxieties and replacing them with confidence and newfound purpose. Over the years, many of their students have succeeded at top-20 universities and liberal arts colleges, and have continued into distinguished graduate careers and significant life work. Dr. Thomson graduated from Princeton University in 1963 with a B.A. in History; in 1965 he received an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, followed by a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University in 1969. He has taught History, English, and Philosophy at Western Carolina College, the University of Utah and the University of Notre Dame, and for the past 20 years has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown (research only). He has published three books and dozens of articles and reviews in peer-reviewed publications, and delivered the results of his scholarly investigations before audiences across the country. He has also made his mark in the business world. – He considers himself first and foremost an effective communicator, comfortable and competent in addressing a broad spectrum of subjects and constituencies. He believes that his job – whether in a classroom or across a table from a learner of any age – is to identify and unblock the innate well- spring of learning that lies in all of us.

Aristotle did, after all, say it best in his Metaphysics: “All men by nature desire to know.”

Dr. Stanica received her Ph.D. in English literature from Stanford University in 2008, completing a dissertation on the 18th-century British novel. She has published academic articles from her research, and since 2008 she has been teaching English literature, research skills and composition at George Mason University. Joining Dr. Li’s program in 2015, Dr. Stanica specializes in guiding high-school students to master key humanities skills: breaking down, annotating, and comprehending difficult tests; developing their active vocabulary as they read; mastering tricky grammar; and writing cogent and insightful essays. The immediate goal may be to master the SAT Verbal and Essay, but the true goal is to excel in college. All majors require deep reading, research, writing and communication, and the skills practiced in Dr. Stanica’s classes help students be ready for the challenge of university.

Emilee Durand began her academic career at the University of Albany, SUNY, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and English (summa cum laude), followed by a Master’s degree in English. She is currently finishing a Ph.D. in English Literature, with a specialization in the 18th century, at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Durand teaches a wide variety of courses, including college writing and literature courses at the University of Maryland, and GT reading and writing courses and SAT preparation courses at M&E Academy. Regardless of what course she is teaching, Ms. Durand has similar aims for all her students: she wants them to build foundational skills in reading, writing, and thinking, and to show them how all three of these are inextricably connected. Learning how to ask good questions and developing an inquiring mind are key to her classes. Students are encouraged to consider how the stories we tell through literature--and the language which gives them shape--create meaning in the text and in the world beyond. Understanding this key connection between meaning and language allows students to approach all their future projects, academic or otherwise, with both clarity and curiosity.

Ms. Anderson is completing her Master’s Degree in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and also holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies/Literature and Society from Georgetown University.  Before becoming a teacher, Ms. Anderson worked in child advocacy and policy, first for the United States Senate, and then in the nonprofit arena.  She continues to serve as a part-time consultant in education and children’s issues for nonprofit and academic institutions.