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 of almost 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 a strong mathemtical and verbal education should be.

We are conviniently located at 10101 Molecular Dr, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850 in the heart of Rockville

About our Team:

Math Instructor:

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

Envisioning the importance of education for future generations, Dr. Li [1] founded MathEnglish.com in 1995 in order to provide superior academic instruction to his own children while working as a Software Architect in the technology industry [2]. Since its inception, his organization, based in Rockville, Maryland, has helped many students achieve their academic goals. This accomplishment is attributed to a single principle: empower students with a net; not a fish.

From K-12, students begin step-by-step, 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.

To carry out plans for high-potential students, MathEnglish.com fulfills their innermost academic needs. Dr. Li and his team guides them to stay ahead in the K-12 academic race, fills his students with the desire to succeed, and enlightens them with the joy of achieving their potential.

[1] 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.

[2] 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. In the past decade, Dr. Li has shifted his focus to the high-end educational services 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.

See Dr. Li in action

Verbal Instructor:

Dr. Thomson
Yale University
Ph. D. , History

Dr. Will Thomson, a native of Boulder, Colorado, received his BA in History from Princeton in 1963, his MA in the same field from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1965, and his Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale in 1969.  He is the author of three peer-reviewed books, as well as several articles and solicited reviews in historical journals.  He taught at the university level at a number of institutions, most recently at the University of Notre Dame.  Currently he is Adjunct Professor of History at Georgetown University (a research appointment).  He has been involved in one way or another with the SAT for over 55 years, and has collaborated with Dr. Li since 1998.

See Dr Thomson in Action


Chemistry & Biology Instructor:

Adam R. Parks, Ph. D.
Ph. D. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 2008
B.S. Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, 2003
A.S. Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California, 1998

Dr. Adam Parks joined the faculty of Traville Academy in the Fall of 2012. He is originally from California, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Humboldt State University. Positive experiences with research and a desire to teach at the university level propelled Adam to pursue a doctorate at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York. After graduating from Cornell with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Microbiology, Dr. Parks worked at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland, as a Postdoctoral Fellow. At NCI, he utilized biochemical techniques to study the process of transcription in yeast. Dr. Parks most recently held the position of Assistant Professor of Biology at Shepherd University, where he taught courses in Microbiology and mentored research students, working on projects involving bacteriophages (bacterial viruses). His work on transposons (“jumping genes”), transcription, and bacteriophages culminated in the authorship and co-authorship of twelve articles, published in journals such as Cell, Genetics, Journal of Bacteriology, and Plasmid. Dr. Parks is passionate about science and education, and continues to contribute to programs that enhance scientific inquiry and education for students at all levels.

Cris Chisholm, Ph. D.
Ph. D. U. Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, 2008

Cris Chisholm is a Maryland native who graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech in 1995. She rode on the equestrian team throughout her time at Virginia Tech. After college, she worked for six years in the biotechnology industry as a clinical laboratory manager and assistant director of research and development in the oncology field, then attended UMBC for a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from 2001-2008. She enjoyed mentoring many undergraduate science students in the laboratory and was a teaching assistant for biology, genetics, and developmental biology the majority of her graduate school years. Her dissertation work was focused on the biochemical regulation of prostate-specific tumor suppressor proteins. In addition to tutoring, she works as a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH using biochemical and molecular biology techniques to search for new ways to combat chemotherapy resistance for breast cancer. In her free time she enjoys long distance running, racing mountain bikes, horseback riding and snowboarding. She also loves spending time with her family, friends and dutch shepherd India.

Ms. Kristen Anderson

 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. 

Ms. Tammie Zucca

 Ms. Tammie Zucca is a highly qualified teacher and professional who serves as the Gifted and Talented and Learning Disabled Coordinator in the Montgomery County Public School System.  She has taught in the system for 11 years and is specially qualified to teach in the areas of mathematics, reading, and English. She also has over 7 years of experience in counseling.  Ms. Zucca holds two Master's degrees in the areas of Psychology and Special Education from the University of Loyola in Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, respectively.  She is also a graduate of Barat College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Ms. Zucca is a member of the Montgomery County Education Association.

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