The Trapezium Story
In 2010, Angela McIver started an after-school math program after discovering that her eight year old daughter was becoming confused by the non-traditional math program at her elementary school. What began in her home as a program to fill the gaps in the elementary math curriculum, turned into a program that gets children to perform impressive math skills beyond their grade levels. It became clear to Angela that elementary schools were not reaching the full potential of students in math. Trapezium became a “laboratory” to design and test the most challenging math activities for elementary school students which Angela then uses in the professional development of elementary math teachers throughout the region.
As word of her program grew, it became clear that Trapezium needed to find a new space. So, in September 2014, Trapezium moved into a commercial space in West Philadelphia and expanded its target market to include students from the Greater Philadelphia area. The program has served over 275 students since its inception and currently employs 10 teachers and support staff.
By teaching students in a non-classroom environment, Trapezium is able to push “gifted” and “struggling” kids alike - building confidence and tenacity along the way.
About The Founder
Angela is CEO and Founder of Math Foundations, LLC and Trapezium Math Club. A former middle school math teacher, Angela has been a founding member of several highly successful education programs including The Math/Science Upward Bound program at Temple University, which was chosen as a National Model Program under her tenure as Program Director; and Mastery Charter Schools, considered one of the best Charter Management Organizations in the country. In 2005 she founded her company- Math Foundations, LLC - after receiving a PhD in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation Number Sense: An exploration of urban middle school students’ numerical reasoning received a Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.
Since 2005 she has built Math Foundations, LLC - a company that focuses on developing effective interventions for older students with weak math foundations (all the math students should have learned in elementary school) into a company that provides professional development for middle and high school teachers as well as workforce training organizations.
When her own children entered elementary school, she discovered that their math curriculum was not preparing them for rigorous math courses in middle and high school. It was then that she decided to form Trapezium Math Club (formerly Monstermathclub) to help prepare elementary children for the most advanced middle and high school math courses available to them.