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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:

 

 

Joseph Lartique, Lead Instructor

 

Joseph Lartigue is a math major currently studying at Concordia University, Tx, and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2019. He loves math and music, and has been playing piano since middle school. His favorite math subject is Geometry.

Favorite Number: 2. I like all the powers of 2

Favorite Math Joke: What do you call the derivative of a cow? Prime beef.

In five years, I will be: Still learning

Fun Fact: Luigi is my favorite video game character

I love Mathnasium because: I love to do math every day, and it's even better when I get to share my knowledge with others.

 

Craig Holcomb, Senior Instructor

 

I'm a math person, I majored in math, I taught math as an adjunct at community colleges. I'm certified to teach high school math in Texas, and I taught high school math in Houston. I also worked for ten years as an actuary for various life insurance companies. 

Favorite Number: 358 

Math Joke: Q: What is the difference between a Ph.D. in mathematics and a large pizza? A: A large pizza can feed a family of four 

In five years, I will be: I will still be semi-retired, working somewhere teaching/tutoring math. 

Fun Fact: People who drink two cups of coffee a day are much less likely to commit suicide. 

I love Mathnasium because of the instructors, the owners and the great kids. And I get to help do math problems

Barbara Bobb, Senior Instructor

 

I have lived in New Jersey, Maine, Massachusetts, Kansas, Illinois, and Texas. I loved them all.

 

Favorite Number: I have many favorite numbers such as pi and all perfect squares, especially 16 since I got married on the 16th, my husband's birthday was the 16th, the sum of month and day I was born is 16.

Fun Fact: I add the letters and numbers on license plates. For example: JXK 564 = 60. Doing this in traffic makes traffic a lot less stressful. My family lived on the street where Nathaniel Hawthorne was born. We lived on 39 Union Street n Salem and Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in a house on 27 Union Street in Salem. They moved the house to the House of Seven Gables Historic Site. I have written and edited math books with Marilyn Burns-- a well-known math educator, author and entrepreneur. Her company is Math Solutions which has published many many math books. We have several of her books on the book shelf at Active Minds. I had an article published in the NCTM Journal: Teaching Children Mathematics. The article was written in collaboration with a math education researcher: Beth Casey from Boston College. I was a math teacher for a span of 35 years and a math editor for 20 years. I am currently a free-lance editor. I am an avid hockey fan --love the Texas Stars. I am also a Spurs fan. I recently took a curling lesson and my son, daughter, and her trainer. We are forming a curling team at Chaparral Ice. I work out at the gym almost every day. I work out with a trainer and I go to boot camp twice a week. I've participated in several 10K and 5 mile races. I was a Girl Scout until I graduated high school. My troop spent a week in Mexico among other wonderful trips and experiences.

In five years, I will be: I'll likely be writing books and working with young people. I might become a Girl Scout leader or learn to play golf.

I love Mathnasium because I love working with young people and helping them understand and become confident with solving all types of math problems.

Angel Urbina, Senior Instructor 

 

Angel is currently a computer science major specializing in cyber security. Angel is originally from California but have lived most his life here in Austin, TX and absolutely love it! Angel has passion for soccer as well as learning new and interesting things that push him out of his comfort zone.

Favorite Number: -1/12 The origination of this “golden nugget” is actually quite beautiful

Favorite Math Joke: 30 cows in field “20 ate” chickens, how many didn’t?

In five years, I will be: Opening my own learning center for students and families that don’t have the necessary resources.

Fun Fact: The matter that Stars are made of is the same matter that YOU are made of!

I love Mathnasium because: It gives students a chance to either catch up or get ahead in a subject that most dislike. Since the Mathnasium method is vastly different to that of most schools, students get to understand the material they are learning instead of simply memorizing things in a mind-numbingly boring way. 

 

 

Scott Alexander Coffey, Instructor 

 

 Scott is a student at the University of Texas working on a degree in education with a minor in Math. He has lived nearly his entire life in Texas and enjoys the simpler things in life. 

Favorite Number: 9 because the random number generator told me. 

Favorite Math Joke: My girlfriend is the √ -100, a perfect 10 but imaginary. 

In Five years, I will be: Plan on teaching Math or Science in Texas after finishing my degree. 

Fun Fact: I am a UT archery club member and a beginner archery instructor. 

I love Mathnasium because: I can work on with multiple students on a variety of topics, making every day a little different.

Jackson Henry, Instructor

 

Jackson earned a BS in Applied Mathematics in May 2017 from Baylor University. He's a former member of the Baylor University Golden Wave Band. In the future, he plans to work in data analytics or software development.

Favorite Number: 9

Math Joke: Why should you never talk to pi? Because he'll just go on forever.

In five years, I will be: Either pursuing a master's degree in Computer Science or a data analyst or a software engineer at a respected company.

Fun fact: I have been playing the tuba for 12 years.

I love Mathnasium because: We have a very supportive and encouraging environment here. I get to share my passion of math with kids. I really enjoy seeing the look on kid's faces when they get a concept.

Rhythem Sharma, Instructor

 

Rhythem Sharma is currently a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin studying Aerospace Engineering. He hopes one day he will get a pilot's license to fly his own aircraft as a hobby. Some of his favorite things to do are reading in his spare time, playing soccer (GO Arsenal!) and being around with his friends.

Favorite Number: My favorite number is 7 because it was when I was born and its a really lucky number for me!

Favorite Math Joke: sqrt(-1) 2^(3) Σ π (I ate some pie)

In five years, I will be: In graduate school trying to get my masters and potentially a PhD

Fun Fact: I love ,music, it's in my name! I've played the saxophone for almost 7 years now and I am currently teaching myself to play the guitar.

I love Mathnasium because: It is a great opportunity for students to learn more about math than is taught at school. Additionally, I love teaching the students because they are enthusiastic and wanting to learn more.

 

Morgan Muir, Instructor

 

Morgan is a student at Southern Methodist University, and she is double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. Morgan has years of experience volunteering with kids and promoting math and STEM education in her community. In her free time, Morgan loves rock climbing, cooking, and building robots.

Favorite Number: 3 - it’s the magic number!

Favorite Math Joke: Don’t let advanced math scare you. It’s as easy as pi.

In five years, I will be: Working as a mechanical engineer in industry. I enjoy problem solving, and I want to improve people’s lives through my career.

Fun Fact: I love baking and candy-making! There’s so much art and science that goes into it, and it tastes really good too.

I love Mathnasium because: There is nothing more rewarding than helping a student grow in their mathematics career. The students thrive in the Mathnasium environment because they discover that math can be fun. Their learning makes me look forward to going to work every day.

 

Aiden Gundersen, Instructor

 

Aiden will be enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin starting Fall 2018 and will be pursuing a degree in physics. He graduated from Vista Ridge High School and loves math and is very excited to help extend education in math in anyway he can!

Favorite Number: My favorite number is pi, it plays a crucial role in the fundamentals of the world around us. It not only shows up in math but also in physics and all sorts of other fields.

Favorite Math Joke: A mathematician, engineer, and a statistician walk in for a job interview. The interviewer asks "what is 3x4?", the mathematician replies "12", the engineer replies "12.00", and the statistician asks "what do you want it to equal?".

In Five Years: I will still be in school, studying physics or another topic hopefully at the graduate level.

Fun Fact: I play the trombone and piano.

I love Mathnasium: I love Mathnasium because it provides me with the opportunity to not only teach younger students math but also hopefully to encourage a mindset that pursues knowledge.

 

Bela Gadgil, Instructor

 

 

Bela just graduated from McNeil High School this May. She was part of the McNeil Majestics, the drill team. This fall, she will be attending Washington University in St. Louis and majoring in biology, and will be moving to Missouri this fall.

Favorite Number: My favorite number is 17.

Favorite Math Joke: What do you call friends who love math? Algebros!

In five years: I will have graduated college and either working in a big city or be in medical school.

Fun Fact: I skipped a grade, so I am at least a year younger than all my friends!

I love Mathnasium because: I like working with kids and seeing them understand concepts and get better at math over time.