Hiroko Aspi

Founder & Executive Director

Hiroko was introduced to the groundbreaking method of problem solving with visualization in 4th grade. This provided her with a visual map to analyze multi layered problems. She was able to visually figure out problems she was taught to memorize before.


As a college student in Japan, Hiroko taught the same method at after school enrichment programs to students in grades 3 to 8 preparing for middle and high school entrance exams. No matter what level the students were in, the method proved effective.


She realized that Japanese students are taught living math which helps them learn the math used in real life. JMA's goal is to help elementary and middle schoolers view math not merely as a check-the-box subject in school but as a passport for their future pursuits.

Hiroko studied in Japan, Germany and Italy and has a Master's degree in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to motherhood, she advised Fortune 500 corporations as corporate strategy consultant.

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