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Mathematics

Emma students will spend their adult lives in a world influenced by technology and quantitative methods. For this reason, each student is asked to see mathematics as a tool for problem solving.

To prepare our students for mathematics at any college or university, our mathematics department teaches with a variety of pedagogical approaches, including traditional algebraic methods, problem-based methods, and methods that take advantage of technologies including graphing calculators and the computer program GeoGebra.

After an initial placement test, students are placed into general sequence courses. They can also take Computer Science courses and math electives that focus on areas including statistics, finance, and engineering. As students progress through the mathematics curriculum, they learn to do more sophisticated work with technology.

Emma’s Mathematics Department also aims to develop students’ independent problem-solving skills and number sense. Teachers frequently make connections between mathematics and its applications in other areas, allowing students to gain proficiency and confidence in all areas of mathematics.

Download our course catalog for more details and graduation requirements.

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coding competition

On Friday, April 12, Computer Science Instructor Chiara Shah took eight students to a high school coding competition at Siena College. The B team, comprised of Candy L. ’26, Willow S. ’27, Jisu B. ’27, and Emma C. ’27 won two awards in the Green Division.  

There were 60 teams in the Green Division, and the B team won the division, coming in 1st place in both the "small school" sub-division and in the division overall. The team solved six out of the seven problems and solved them much quicker than other teams.

The A team comprised of Sherry H. ’24, Robyn W. ’24, Sol H. ’24, and Harini D. ’25, came in 17th place overall. They solved three of the seven problems.

computing awards

Dharaa S. ’26, Candy L. ’26, Emily C. ’26, Harini D. ’25, and Allison W. ’25 were regional winners from the New York Hudson Valley Affiliate and Hedy H. ’24 was awarded regional rising star. The NCWIT National Aspirations in Computing Awards are given annually to recognize students’ aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience and activities, leadership, tenacity, and future plans. These students and their work in computer science is inspiring.

Coding Event at Cornell

The Women in Computing at Cornell club sponsors a yearly event aimed at introducing women to competitive coding—eight Emma students attended with Mathematics Department Chair Chiara Shah in early March. Pictured above with Ms. Shah are Emma C. ’27, Emily C. ’26, Harini D. ’25, Palzom D. ’26, Comet D. ’26, Candy L. ’26, Willow S. ’26 and Ivy Z. ’27.

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Gabriana Rosario is mathematics fellow at Emma Willard School, joining our faculty this fall. The Fellows program at Emma Willard School partners with Clarkson Graduate School so that the candidate receives a Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree from Clarkson University’s Capital Region campus. We asked Gabriana four questions about her role at Emma Willard

Slide showing the photos of each student who won an Aspirations in Computing regional award

Regional results are now in, and Emma’s computer science students continue to be honored through the Hudson Valley affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Eleven Emma students entered the Aspirations in Computing awards competition, and each of them won an award! In addition, Computer Science Instructor Chiara Shah was honored with the Hudson Valley Regional Educator Award. 

Math Learning Center

Located in Weaver Hall, the Math Learning Center is a dedicated place where students can ask questions of a math teacher and/or a peer tutor. Some students go to “talk out” their ideas about problems and clarify questions from class. Other students go regularly to have a quiet place to do their math homework and appreciate the support of having a teacher or peer tutor available should questions arise.

Going to the Math Learning Center is a way for students to take initiative and show their determination for learning math.

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Mathematics Faculty

Chiara Shah

Chiara Shah

Mathematics Department Chair | Computer Science and Mathematics Instructor
Laszlo Bardos

Laszlo Bardos

Mathematics Instructor
Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis

Mathematics Instructor, Assistant JV Field Hockey Coach, Assistant JV Lacrosse Coach
Brett LaFave

Brett LaFave

Mathematics Instructor, Assistant Softball Coach
Nellie Lovenduski

Nellie Lovenduski

Mathematics Instructor
Judy Price

Judy Price

Mathematics Instructor, Assistant Varsity Tennis Coach
Kate Robbins

Kate Robbins

Mathematics Instructor
Gabriana Rosario

Gabriana Rosario

Mathematics Fellow
Alexandra Schmidt

Alexandra Schmidt

Mathematics Instructor