President and Co-founder
James Strong is a senior at Darien High School. He is taking double-accelerated Multivariable Calculus and is motivated in the field of math. At his school, he participates in the Darien High School Math Team, where he competes regularly in competitions: the team has previously achieved third in the region. Due to his scholastic achievements, James has been elected president of the National Math Honor Society chapter in Darien. James has experience in teaching, as he has co-founded and instructed the gifted math program Strength From Numbers successfully since 2017. Personally, he has taught over ninety students through this program. Outside of school, James is a fencer who qualified and attended both the National Fencing Tournament and Junior Olympics. He also has an enthusiasm for science, as he is currently conducting research in a cancer hospital in New York City. James is passionate about teaching others and has a genuine hope to guide his students to see the beauty in math.
Co-founder and Senior Teacher
Ming Wu is a senior at Darien High School. He takes Multivariable Calculus and participates in other math extracurriculars. He is the vice-president of Math Team, and also is a full member of Mu Alpha Theta (National Math Honor Society). At Mu Alpha Theta, he has gotten a high enough score on the AMC10 to qualify for the AIME, an invitational math competition. He co-founded Strength From Numbers with James Strong in 2017 with the goal of enriching talented kids in math and potentially other subjects. In addition, he volunteers at a senior center in New Canaan, where he plays piano for the seniors there. Throughout high school, he has participated in both track and field and rowing. In his free time, he composes and pursues other music-related activities. His goal through teaching is to inspire a bigger-picture perspective on learning, and to promote interest in the field of math.
Andrew Qin is currently a senior at Darien High School. He is taking
Multivariable Calculus as his math course and is a full member of the National Math Honor Society, while taking advanced courses in other fields of study. He is also a member of the school business club, and a technology club. He has been working with Strength From Numbers since Spring 2017, teaching at various schools throughout Stamford such as Stark, Toquam, and KT Murphy. Outside of school, Andrew plays the violin; since middle school, he has made it into county and state-level orchestras. He also has received state-level art awards and enjoys playing tennis recreationally. Andrew hopes to teach and prepare students to apply skills learned in the program to situations in the future.
Marcus Feng is a senior at Darien High School. He is currently enrolled in Multivariable Calculus and is a full member of the National Math Honor Society. He is also a member of the school’s business, gardening, and technology clubs. Marcus has been part of the Strength From Numbers math program since the Spring of 2017 and has taught students at various schools throughout Stamford such as Stark, Toquam, and KT Murphy. He is interested in the field of engineering, as he uses his time researching circuitry, coding, chip making, and technology in general. Outside of school, he plays recreational tennis and uses his knowledge to build technological devices such as computers. Marcus aims to teach and prepare students to utilize math skills learned in the program to situations in the future.
Jonathan Strong is a junior at Darien High School. Currently, he is in Honors Precalculus. At his school, Jonathan attends the Darien High School Math Team. Standing out in the field of math, he has been inducted into the National Math Honor Society in 2019. Jonathan has experience in teaching, and has independently led schools in this program. Outside of school, Jonathan plays squash who qualified and attended the National Squash Tournament. He also has an enthusiasm about technology and is doing research in a cancer hospital in New York City. Jonathan is excited to show all of his students the elegance of math.
Lucas Smith is a junior at Darien High school, currently enrolled in Honors Precalculus. An eager student, Lucas enjoys exploring the many different ways math can be applied to everyday life. After class, he participates in the debate team at his school, as well as Quiz Bowl, a competitive trivia competition. His interests include computer programming, reading, and being an active participant in the local community. Lucas joined Strength from Numbers last year, and looks forward to teaching younger students in the years to come.
Stamford Teacher Advisor
Mr. Kinahan was a big inspiration for James and Ming when founding Strength From Numbers. He started the program at Stark Elementary School and been our educator advisor ever since. Mr. Kinahan's energetic, creative, and special teaching style taught every one of us how to be a more impactful teacher. He currently works in the Stamford school district as a math specialist and he advises our meetings as well. We are so greatly appreciative to the time and dedication that Mr. Kinahan has given to this program, and he has truly been a huge supporter of our team.