National Mathematics Advisory Panel
Vern Williams received a BS in math education from the University of Maryland in 1972. He has taught math in the Fairfax County Virginia Public School system for over thirty years and has taught students in the Longfellow Middle School's gifted and talented program for over twenty-five years. In 1990, he was the Fairfax County Schools teacher of the year and received two national awards for distinguished teaching from the Mathematical Association of America.
For 14 years, Williams was a Mathcounts coach. During that time, his teams received regional, state, and national awards. He also developed the Honors Math 7 curriculum for gifted Longfellow Middle School seventh graders which includes concepts from number theory, set theory, mathematical logic, analytic geometry, sequences and series, linear systems, and elementary calculus. Additionally, he developed the curriculum for the combination Algebra/Geometry course for gifted eighth grade students who receive two high school credits upon completion of the course.
From 1994-2000, Williams taught Math Reasoning for The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Program. And for the past three years he has been a curriculum advisor for Honors Test Prep LLC, a company that offers specialized SAT prep courses for very able high school students. In 2006 he started Math Enrichment Services LLC, a company that provides math enrichment for gifted upper elementary and middle school students.
Williams's special interest is teaching traditional and rigorous mathematics to gifted middle school students. He currently teaches Honors Math and the combination Algebra/Geometry course at Longfellow Middle School in the McLean area of Fairfax County.