Kent Hartman was born in San Diego and raised in Poway. He had random minor math competition success in grades six through nine--two firsts and two seconds in the annual San Diego County Math Field Day Mad Hatter competition. He also won the San Diego spelling bee in 1975 (missed "phthalate" in the fifth round at the national bee). He has been a duplicate bridge player for almost forty years-- he was a member of the U.S./Canada college team that played in Japan in 1984, and has finished first or second place in more than regional tournament events.
Mr. Hartman has a bachelor's degree from UCSD in math and a master's in education from UCLA. He taught math and coached the math team for ten years in San Marino, CA and taught math for twenty-one years at The Bishop's School. In one of his last years at San Marino, sixty-three students qualified for the AIME, the most of any school west of the Mississippi. More than a thousand of his students have passed an AP exam in Calculus AB, BC, or Statistics.