Title: Mathematics and Computer Science Instructor, Computer Science Club Advisor, Complement House Counselor and Advisor, Alumni House
PA Start Date: 1987
MS in Mathematics and Education, Moscow Central School of Education, Russia
Maria Litvin loves mathematics and computer science and teaches both at P.A., including an innovative hybrid course, Math-470/Comp-470, that blends the two together. This course is based on her recent textbook Mathematics for the Digital Age and Programming in Python. Ms. Litvin passionately believes that all students should take a computer science course while at P.A. To add to the choices of introductory CS courses available to P.A. students, she is developing a new one-term elective on programming fundamentals that will employ the programming languages Scratch and Python, including 3-D graphics with Visual Python and programming of educational robots.
Back in 1998, Ms. Litvin started P.A.’s Computer Science Club. Members of the club share their interest in computers and prepare for and participate in regional and national competitions. Every year, P.A. teams win or place near the top of the regional and national computer science contests. A few years ago, Ms. Litvin also brought NACLO (the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad) to P.A., where it draws enthusiastic student participants every year.
Besides Math and Python, Ms. Litvin is the co-author (with Gary Litvin) of several bestselling textbooks for AP Computer Science. These books are used in hundreds of schools nationwide and internationally. In the summers, Ms. Litvin grades AP CS exams and leads summer workshops for AP computer science teachers as a consultant for the College Board. Over the years, she has taught over 500 teachers.
Ms. Litvin enjoys the outdoors, and for several years she led Outdoor Pursuits groups at P.A. An avid traveler, she taught at School Year Abroad (SYA) in France in 1990-1991 and in Italy in 2008-2009.
Prior to joining Phillips Academy in 1987, Ms. Litvin taught computer science at Boston University. She and her husband Gary are the proud “Andover parents” of Margaret ’92 and Aaron ’00.