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:
Monica Virgil, Center Director
Monica Virgil, an Atlanta native, was on track to becoming a college math professor until just a few years ago when she decided that after 12 years of perfecting her skills as a public school math and science teacher, she wanted to use her teaching expertise in the private sector. Armed with a bold vision and a tremendous passion for math education, she followed her dream to combine education and leadership. As a result, in September 2012 she opened Montgomery’s first Mathnasium, a nationwide franchise of learning centers that helps students better understand math through personalized learning programs.
Her philosophy is simple, "true learning happens when students can confidently make the connections between math and the real world around them." And her ultimate goal is to not only make a positive impact on the students she comes in contact with, but she aims to change the world by helping students succeed at becoming the world's finest mathematicians. Monica prides herself on engaging her students by making learning fun with songs, projects, and hands-on learning activities. Her students say she is “crazy about math!” But she just believes in celebrating academic achievement and excellence as much as one celebrates sports.
This soccer mom of an eight year old son, mother of a college freshman daughter and wife of an Air Force officer, holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree in middle grades science and mathematics from Breneau University and a Masters of Arts in secondary mathematics education from Western Governors University. Monica makes frequent appearances on WSFA's Alabama Live Countdown to College segment and is an Expert contributor to Potential magazine’s "Ask the Expert" column. Lastly, one of the highlights of her career was being selected as a speaker at Western Governors University’s 2013 winter commencement ceremony.
Madison Brand, Instructor
A graduate of Lamp in Montgomery with a 4.45 GPA , Madison's rigourous education and strong work ethic earned her a full academic scholarhip at Auburn University where she is majoring in Secondary Math Education. She has worked hard in college to maintain a 4.0 and loves that she is able to share her passion for math at Mathnasium.
Gretchen Perry, Lead Instructor
A graduate of Univeristy of South Alabama, with a Bachelor's in Biology and a Masters in Forensic Science and Teaching with technology. Gretchen brings eleven years of experience working at another local learning center and enjoys learning new teaching strategies to help students succeed in their educational goals. In high school, math was her favorite subject because it richly challenged her. She loves working with students at Mathnasium and building their confidence to be world class critical thinkers.
Rachel Luker, Instructor
Rachel is a Montgomery native and a graduate Alabama Christian Academy. She has loved math since was a child being the daughter of a math professor. As a senior at AUM majoring in elementary education, she looks forward to having her own classroom. Rachel enjoys the structured environment at Mathnasium and helping kids reach their goals.
Dontavious Sippial, Instructor
A Montgomery native, Dontavious Sippial is a prime example of a student utilizing the opportunities offered to him in life. Dontavious currently attends Auburn Univerisity and is in his sophmore year. He is a Chemical Engineer major and is able to use the sharp math skills to be a straight A students! Math has always been his favorite subject, and he was actually the vice-president of Mu Alpha Theta, the Math Honor Society, at LAMP Magnet School right here in Montgomery, graduating at the top of his class.
Dr. Robert Melczarek, Instructor
Dr. Melczarek was born in Australia and moved to the U.S. in grade school . He studied mathematics at the The Univerisity of South Florida. He later earned his masters degree and Phd at the University of Florida in Secondary Mathemtics and Technology and Curriculum. After college, he spent several years teaching math in high school and college. He currently works as a technology specialist and enjoy his time working with students at Mathnasium where he believes that a strong math foundation is critical for students to have for a competitive edge to seize the opportunities they deserve.