the creator of Structures of Equality

Meet Julie Russo,

I’ve always had a passion for helping others. But it wasn’t until I became a Math Coach that I found my true calling. 

I was discouraged to see so many students struggle with story problems, just like you. Despite teaching various strategies, they mindlessly went through a series of steps instead of understanding the math.

I started to research and experiment. Bar models were helpful but insufficient for visualizing word problems. Keywords and step-by-step procedures like CUBES led students astray. As a Math Coach, the teachers I supported were frustrated by their students' lack of success with word problems. There had to be a better way. It became my mission to find a solution. 

I poured my energy into creating an effective tool to help students grasp story problems. And that’s how Structures of Equality (SoEs) came to be. 

Finally. A reading comprehension tool that helps all students solve word problems. I can’t wait to hear about your success stories!

A few companies I've worked with

Sav Inclusive In Jamaica 

NC State


A partnership fueled by passion and purpose

Access to education in Jamaica is a challenge for many families. One of my proudest accomplishments is the partnership I’ve developed with Sav Inclusive, a truly awe-inspiring school. They provide equitable access to education for students of all abilities.

But the most rewarding part? We regularly visit and I’m able to support the teachers with professional development and resources. 

I’m centrally located in the heart of Raleigh, serving the surrounding communities with in-person and virtual training. Swing by the resources pages to get started.

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"Kids actually understand what the problem is asking them to do."


M.Ed, Math Consultant & Instructional Coach

“SoEs combine all of the most effective strategies into one simple structure so students can understand story problems. Once kids have learned the structures, they don’t just pull out numbers and randomly pick an operation or get discouraged and give up. With SoEs, you see light bulb moments. Kids actually understand what the problem is asking them to do.”

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