Jian Liu

Jian Liu$100K for future math teacher

Jian Liu, a senior at The City College of New York, is one of two CUNY seniors to win a $100,000 Math for America Fellowship to pursue a career teaching math in New York City’s public schools.

Math for America (MfA) is a privately funded nonprofit organization whose generous stipends and continuing support separate it from other organizations that encourage people to go into public school teaching. In New York City, MfA teachers receive a $30,000 stipend plus full-tuition scholarship for a master’s degree in mathematics education in the first year; the remaining $70,000 is paid over the next four years, when fellows also earn a regular teacher’s salary. Liu will receive a B.A. in pure mathematics with minors in secondary math education and physics this spring. “This is an incredible honor,” he said. “It’s an extremely competitive program and a major boost to my plans to become a math teacher.”

A Chinese immigrant who arrived in New York six years ago speaking only basic English, he will attend either Bard College or New York University – MfA’s two collaborating math education master’s programs – starting this summer. He has been a teaching assistant at Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change, The City College Academy of the Arts, the Mott Hall School and A. Philip Randolph Campus High School.