American Heritage Schools is pleased to welcome internationally acclaimed mathematics professor, coach and entrepreneur Dr. Po-Shen Loh to its Fort Lauderdale campus on Saturday, Dec. 11, in conjunction with the 2021 Middle School Math Invitational. Loh will host two guest lectures that are open to parents and students throughout the South Florida community.
Graduating top in his class at the California Institute of Technology, Loh earned his doctorate in mathematics from Princeton University and is a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team that achieved its first-ever back-to-back No. 1-rank victories in 2015 and 2016 and again in 2018 and 2019.
Loh’s work spans the mathematical spectrum, from research to education, and he focuses on a new approach to teaching advanced creative mathematical thinking to middle school students. Loh is the founder of the personalized learning platform expii.com, which includes his series of free online math courses that reinvent the middle school math curriculum and motivate creative thinking.
“We are honored to host such a brilliant, dynamic, and entrepreneurial mathematician as Dr. Loh,” said Dr. Douglas Laurie, president of American Heritage Schools. “Middle school is such a vital time for growth in math skills. We welcome students and parents throughout South Florida to come to our campus on Dec. 11 and attend Dr. Loh’s lectures to get inspired about how math diligence can lead to great success.”
During the invitational at American Heritage, the top-ranked school in the nation in mathematics, middle school mathletes from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties will compete in two 60-minute tests consisting of material from pre-algebra through geometry, followed by a meet-and-greet with Loh.
“At American Heritage Schools, we created an environment where liking math and being good at it is respected and appreciated,” said American Heritage Schools Director of Math Competition Rick Rovere.
Five years after launching the schools’ math competition team, Rovere, Dr. Radleigh Santos and Derek Rampal led the students to being the No. 1 private school in Florida in math competition. The team went on to rank as the No. 1 private school in the U.S. in math competition for the past six years. “Dr. Po-Shen Loh’s visit will validate for all students that math is important,” Rovere said.
American Heritage Schools is the No. 1 private school in Florida for nationally recognized scholars, math competition, science fair, mock trial, moot court, and speech and debate. Alumni are notable leaders in their chosen fields who are generating positive differences in the world. American Heritage Schools is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school serving grades pre-K3 through 12.
The public is invited to attend the following two guest lectures by Loh in person: “Roadmap to Success in School, College and Beyond, Paved by Math” from 9 to 10:15 a.m., and “Math in Games, Strategy and Invention” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.:
Anyone interested in attending Loh’s lectures on Dec. 11 or registering a child to compete in the middle school math competition should visit www.ahschool.com/poshen-loh.