Amanda Curtis



  • Math


  • ACT
  • SAT


  • McLean, VA
  • Remote (Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.)
  • Tenleytown, DC


Amanda earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in mathematics from Wellesley College (graduating cum laude and with departmental honors). For her dissertation research, Amanda considered relations in a planar algebra. This might sound complex, but understanding such relations comes down to learning a set of rules for “adding” and “multiplying” diagrams and exploring the consequences of these rules (no imaginary numbers need be involved). The fact that she chose an area of mathematics involving diagrams and pictures is no surprise – she was admitted to and considered attending architecture school a few times. Her other academic interests include astronomy, religion, gender studies, and German and Eastern European studies.

In 2016, she was one of 18,000 or so applicants for the position of “Astronaut Candidate” at NASA. Luckily for her students, that didn’t quite work out so Amanda currently teaches mathematics at a local high school. Her favorite courses to teach are linear algebra, multivariable calculus, and geometry.

Outside of all things academic, Amanda enjoys reading (for fun!), attending indie rock concerts, occasional running and swimming, drawing and painting, growing and naming (and ultimately neglecting) plants, and spending time with her cats- Yuri and Bowie.