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Viktoriya Palamarchuk, Regional Director

Russian School of Mathematics
13007 Worldgate Drive
Herndon Virginia 20170
The Russian School of Mathematics, an award-winning K-12 after-school math program, has empowered students to achieve excellence for over twenty years. The rigorous, engaging study of mathematics is used as a tool to develop the mind by promoting abstract thinking and mental flexibility in addition to math fluency.

Q: What woman inspires you and why?

A: Two gifted and passionate women inspire me greatly, and these are the founders of the Russian School of Mathematics (RSM), Inessa Rifkin and Irina Khavinson. Their mission was to build a systematic math education based on the traditions of the former Soviet Union and Europe and adapt it to the needs of American students. What started with just a few students at Ms. Rifkin’s kitchen table now serves over 50,000 students across North America.

Q: How do you measure success?

A: At RSM, we believe great results should be measurable. In addition to the standardized tests, we prepare our students to participate in various national and international math competitions on which they continuously earn high scores. Our alumni go on to attend top universities around the country. The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth named RSM one of the top 10 schools in the world.

Q: What are your top priorities?

A: Our top priority is developing the mind of each student to the highest potential. Mathematics is crucial to building a child’s growth mindset, and the correct method of teaching math provides not only needed knowledge but develops critical and logical thinking skills.

Q: What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?

A: After fifteen months of online classes, I am looking forward to being in school in person every day. I am eager to see students’ smiles in the classrooms and hear our teachers' animated exchange of ideas.