Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting; our unique approach enables us to explain concepts really well and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn! Read below to learn more about our talented team:
Sajan Pillai, Center Director
Sajan grew up in Carrollton, Texas and is excited to bring his love of math to the children of his community. Sajan attended Dewitt Perry Middle School and graduated from R. L. Turner High School, and then earned a degree in Biology from the University of Houston. He has more than 20 years of experience in the market research data collection. Sajan is an avid sports fan and enjoys watching the Cowboys, Mavericks, Stars and Rangers in action.
Larry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer
Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From inner city to public schools, to acclaimed magnet schools, to leading private and parochial schools. Larry has served as both a classroom teacher and as an educational consultant. He has designed curriculum, teaching strategies, and teaching materials designed to help students and teachers learn math more effectively. He has trained teachers in the art and science of boosting student's ability to "do" math, thereby increasing student's math scores and feeling of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium's educational program - one of the most comprehensive and innovative curriculums ever produced for teaching math. While Larry is not an Instructor at our Center, He is a valuable asset we can call on to ask about specific students scenarios for guidance and advise. This has helped to make visits more productive and enjoyable for many of our students. happy teaching kids and believes every child is very talented in his or her own way. In her free time, she volunteers and teaches children
Mr. Devon, Instructor
Devon lived in California for a few years before moving to Texas. He was a gymnast for thirteen years before focusing exclusively on scholastic activities. Since a young age, he has loved art and mathematics. Most likely, you will find Devon drawing in his free time… if he's not doing math! He love all types of math, from adding and subtracting to derivatives and integrals! Devon is always peppy and excited to teach math to Mathnasium students. For Devon nothing is better than math… except Math + 1!
Ms. Debra, Instructor
Ms. Debra is originally from Illinois. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education she married her husband of the past 30 years and moved to Texas. Besides being a wife and a mom of 3 daughters, Ms. Debra has a passion for teaching students so that they become successful. Her teaching experiences have included substituting in schools, directing a Mother Day Out program and currently instructing young people at Mathnasium. To Ms. Debra, math is one of the basics we use every day. She truly enjoys helping students find the connection between just doing math and applying it to daily activities. Ms. Debra enjoys non math activities as well, including yard work, crafts and Words With Friends.
Ms. Shaliza, Instructor
Shaliza was born in Toronto, Canada. She lived in Seattle and California for a few years and then moved to Texas. She visits her grandparents in Canada every summer! Before working at Mathnasium Shaliza volunteered and taught Spanish to young children. Currently, she is a student at Collin Community College. Her future goal is to become a math teacher. She has always enjoyed working with children since she was fifteen years old. Shaliza is proud to know that she has made a difference in the lives of children. She is happy teaching kids and believes every child is very talented in his or her own way. In her free time, she volunteers and teaches children.