Who We Are

Our Community

FiCycle is used in 25 schools and growing.  We have a diverse group of schools:  public, chartered and private schools of varying size.  Our teachers are dedicated math professionals who believe as we do that grounding financial education in a robust math course will improve students confidence in math and financial understanding.  Our teachers provide us with valuable feedback on the course and share lessons.  Our students are 1100 high school seniors spread across the country from a private school in the Bronx to an alternative public high school in California.  Our students participate in a survey at the beginning and end of the course to help us improve the course and evaluate its impact. See what members of our community are saying about the FiCycle Mathematics course.

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Meet the FiCycle Team

FiCycle was founded in 2014 by Andrew Davidson. In 2015, Andy taught a version of the course at the Metropolitan Community College (MCNY) and we further developed the course materials for high school students.  In the fall of 2016, FiCycle Mathematics was piloted in 3 high schools in New York City.  We studied student performance, we interviewed teachers, and we analyzed results.  The course achieved successful math and finance outcomes.  Word spread.  We have grown to 25 schools as of the 2018-2019 school year. Here are the people behind the mission.

Andrew Davidson

Andrew Davidson is the founder of the FiCycle. He is also president of Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc., a New York firm specializing in the application of analytical tools to investment management, which he founded in 1992. He has testified before the Senate Banking Committee about the mortgage market. Andrew has a BA from Harvard in Math and Physics and an MBA from UChicago in Finance.

Andrew Davidson

Founder
Jack Marley-Payne

Jack Marley-Payne researches issues in education, finance and mathematics, and creates materials for teaching and understanding these topics. Previously, he completed a doctoral dissertation at MIT focused on understanding knowledge in light of psychological discoveries regarding our limited rationality, and taught undergraduate classes in philosophy and mathematics.

Jack Marley-Payne

Director of Research
Phil Dituri

Philip Dituri has taught and inspired educators and children for over 15 years. He served as a Visiting Professor at Fordham University, and was a teacher, instructional coach, and chairperson of the mathematics department at New Design HS in lower Manhattan. While in public school, he was a three-time Math for America Master Teacher. Phil has a B.A. in Mathematics from NYU and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Columbia University in 2014.

Phil Dituri

Director of Education
David Irwin

David Irwin is the Executive Director of the District Administration Leadership Institute. David previously led Gartner's K-12 Education practice serving the largest K-12 districts in the US. David also helped edtech providers and investors navigate the K-12 education industry leading to sound go-to-market strategic investments. David serves as an elected School Board Member for the Madison Public Schools in NJ, where his children are enrolled.

David Irwin

Board Member
Karie Parker Davidson, Esq.

Karie serves as the organization's financial and legal compliance officer. A member of the New York and California bar associations, Karie practices in the areas of intellectual property and tax-exempt organizations. Karie previously served as Special Counsel to a court-appointed Trustee in a multi-jurisdictional criminal RICO matter and as outside General Counsel to Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc.. Karie is President of Friends of Duane Park and a board member since 1995.

Karie Parker Davidson, Esq.

Board Member
Photo Anagnostopolous

Photo Anagnostopoulos has worked as a senior executive in nonprofit and for profit educational organizations. This includes serving as Chief Executive for Finance and Administrative Operations for the Newark Public School District and as Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Department of Education. Before moving to the NYC Department of Education, Photo led the McGraw-Hill Digital Learning team in the enhancement and development of effective K-12 technology-based programs that improve teaching and learning. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill, Photo served as a senior vice president of The College Board.

Photo Anagnostopolous

Board Member