Our Founders

Dr. Gil Sik Lee

Founder & CEO

Dr. Gil Sik Lee has been a founder and a president of IntelliChoice, Inc., a non-profit organization providing free math tutoring programs for underprivileged youths at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library and at 16 other learning centers since 2004. Prior to IntelliChoice, he created and ran a similar program under the name of the Math School of Baton Rouge from 1993 to 2001 while he was on the faculty of Louisiana State University.

Dr. Lee is currently a professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas. He earned a BS degree in Electronics from Kyungpook National University in Korea, an MS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD from North Carolina State University (1987). He was a visiting scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC in 1991.

Dr. Lee has been the recipient of many awards, including the Ambassador of Diversity Award from UT Dallas (2011), the Service Award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Korea (2012), the Community Hero Award from Tech Titans (2015), and the IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Informal Education (2017).

Dr. Jungsoon Lee

Founder and Chief Education Officer

Dr. Jungsoon Lee has founded Intellichoice and been involved with underrepresented students in free math tutoring for more than 25 years with Dr. Gil Sik Lee. She has made the placement tests to evaluate the level of students in IntelliChoice. Since she joined at The University of Texas at Dallas, she has organized the E2 Brainiacs Mathematics Competition sponsored by Electrical Engineering Department at UTD from 2010 to 2012. The goal is to promote an interest in mathematics to inspire the next generation of great electrical engineers. She hopes that some of her students will grow up to be the next Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla, or Nobel Prize winner Jack Kilby (inventor of the integrated circuit).

Dr. Jungsoon Lee received her BS and MS in Mathematics Education from Kyungpook National University in Korea, MS in Mathematics from North Carolina State University, and PhD in Mathematics from Louisiana State University. She was a high school teacher for three years in Korea and associate professor of mathematics at Southern University with tenure from 1992 to 2008. She has led successful Summer Enrichment Youth Program for at-risk students for three years (2000-2003) supported by Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. She has served as a co-chair and the chair of the math contest for the middle schools and high schools in Louisiana from 2002 to 2008. Each year 400 to 500 students from 25 to 35 schools participated in the contest. Currently, she is a senior lecturer of Electrical & Computer Engineering at UTD and is teaching advanced engineering mathematics and linear algebra.

Dr. Gil Sik Lee

Dr. Gil Sik Lee

Founder & CEO

Dr. Gil Sik Lee

Founder & CEO

Dr. Jungsoon Lee

Dr. Jungsoon Lee

Founder and Chief Education Officer

Dr. Jungsoon Lee

Founder and Chief Education Officer

"Helping others will make you happy and healthy."

Gil Sik Lee, PhD, the founder of IntelliChoice, is currently a professor of the Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). He was inspired to become a tutor in 1991, while on sabbatical in Washington, DC from his professorship at Louisiana State University. Out driving one day, he took a wrong turn and found himself in the poor eastern section of the city, where he saw large numbers of children loitering on the street during school hours. The scene reminded him of his youth in his native Korea. Although born into a poor farming family, Dr. Lee had been fortunate to have mentors who taught him that education is the high road from poverty to success. These poor inner-city children needed to hear that message as well.  Thus in 1993, he and his wife, Dr. Jungsoon Lee (now also a faculty member at UTD), initiated a math tutoring program for underprivileged children in Baton Rouge.  This later became the non-profit Math School of Baton Rouge.  When Dr. Lee relocated to Dallas in 2001, he registered IntelliChoice as a non-profit organization in Texas state and established its first branch at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library in south Dallas.
Since then, IntelliChoice has achieved many milestones.  In Fall 2018, we have expanded throughout the Dallas area and beyond, with branches in Austin, TX and on the Navajo lands in Arizona.  Over 3000 people such as students, parents, and volunteers have registered since 2017 for free math tutoring programs at 17 branch locations, most of them at local public libraries or community centers.
In Fall 2016, we opened our first student volunteer chapter at UTD. In Fall 2018, more than 100 UTD students are actively developing leadership and teaching skills through participation in our tutoring program and about 10 high school student organizations have been established.

History

IntelliChoice Timeline


1993 – 1996:

♦ Buchanan Elementary, Baton Rouge, LA: Tutoring sessions take place Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for grades 2-5.

1997-2001:

♦ McKinley High School, Baton Rouge, LA: Students meet in the library on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons.

2005:

♦ IntelliChoice, Inc. is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in TX.
♦ First branch opens at the Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library (MLK Branch) in Dallas, TX.

2008:

♦ Harrington Branch opens at the Harrington Public Library in Plano, TX.

2010:

♦ VCC Branch opens at the Vietnamese Community Center in Garland, TX.

2013:

♦ Denton Branch opens at the Emily Fowler Public Library in Denton, TX.
♦ Skyline Branch opens at the Skyline Public Library in Dallas, TX.

2015:

♦ Carrollton Branch opens at the Promised Land Family of Faith in Carrollton, TX.
♦ Lewisville Branch opens at the Lewisville Public Library in Lewisville, TX.

2016:

♦ Preston Branch opens at Preston Highlands Baptist Church in Dallas, TX.
♦ Shonto Branch opens at Nazarene Church in Shonto , AZ (First expansion outside of Texas serving Navajo Native American Reservation).
♦ Ethiopian Branch opens at St. Michael Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Garland, TX.
♦ Wesley Branch opens at Wesley-Rankin Community Center in Dallas, TX.
♦ Leupp Branch opens at Leupp Baptist Church  in Leupp, AZ.
♦ UTD Chapter (IntelliChoice of UTD) is established at The University of Texas at Dallas (First student club at college).

2017:

♦ Coppell HS Chapter (IntelliChoice of Coppell HS) is established at Coppell High School (First student club at high school).
♦ Preston  Branch relocates to the Renner Frankford Public Library in Dallas, TX and is renamed as the Renner Branch.
♦ Carrollton  Branch relocates to Dallas Oneness Church in Carrollton, TX.
♦ MPCC Branch opens at Melting Pot Community Center in Dallas, TX (Serving Nepalese and other immigrant/refugee communities).
♦ Wesley Branch relocates to the North Oak Cliff Public Library in Dallas, TX and is renamed as the NOC Branch.
♦ Colony Branch opens at The Colony Public Library in The Colony, TX.

2018:

♦ Eritrean Branch opens at Eritrean Community Center in Dallas, TX.
♦ TMFF Branch opens at at The Michael Finley Foundation Center in Dallas, TX.
♦ Shonto Branch relocates to the Coppermine Chapter, The Navajo Nation in Page, AZ and is renamed as the Coppermine Branch.
♦ IRC Branch opens at International Restoration Church in Austin, TX (First expansion outside of Dallas in TX serving Nepalese & Bhutanese immigrant/refugee communities).
♦ MPCC relocates to the Skillman Southwestern Public Library in Dallas, TX and is renamed as the Skillman Branch.