Ted Alper

Mathematics Instructor

A.B., Harvard University
M.S., Stanford University

Ted Alper has worked for SPCS and its predecessor EPGY in many roles since 1991, teaching secondary and university-level mathematics, both online and face-to-face, and leading mathematics enrichment and outreach programs. He was the head coach for the San Francisco Bay Area teams in the American Regions Mathematics League from 1995-2006, coaching them to four national championships. He founded the Polya Mathematics Competition, which ran at Stanford in the 1990s, has been an instructor at the Berkeley Math Circle and is the current director of the Stanford Math Circle. He is the author of papers on foundations of measurement in mathematical psychology and a co-author of papers on the use of technology in mathematics education.

His awards include the Samuel Greitzer Distinguished Coaching Award from the American Regions Mathematics League, the Edith May Sliffe award for distinguished middle school mathematics teaching from the Mathematical Association of America, and the Young Investigator of the Year Award from the Society for Mathematical Psychology.

Mr. Alper’s undergraduate degree in mathematics is from Harvard University, and he has an M.S. in mathematics from Stanford University.


Raymond Ravaglia, Theodore Alper, Marianna Rozenfeld, and Patrick Suppes. Successful pedagogical applications of symbolic computation. In Computer-Human Interaction in Symbolic Computation, edited by N. Kajler, 1–29. Springer-Verlag, 1999.

Raymond Ravaglia, Patrick Suppes, Constance Stillinger, and Theodore M. Alper. “Computer-based mathematics and physics for gifted students.” Gifted Child Quarterly, Volume 39, Issue 1 (1995): 7–13.

Alper, Theodore M. “A classification of all order-preserving homeomorphism groups of the reals that satisfy finite uniqueness.” Journal of Mathematical Psychology, Volume 31, Issue 2 (1987): 135–154.

Alper, Theodore M. “A note on real measurement structures of scale type (m, m + 1).” Journal of Mathematical Psychology, Volume 29, Issue 1 (1985): 73–81.