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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:

Larry Martinek, Creator of the Mathnasium Method

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 students' ability to "do" math, thereby increasing students' math scores and feeling of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium's educational program - one of the most comprehensive and innovative curricula ever produced for teaching math.

While Larry is not an instructor at our center in Norman, he is a valuable asset and we can call on him to ask specific student's scenarios for guidance and advice.

 

 Catherine Kusik - Instructor

 About Catherine:  Catherine is a certified math teacher  for Yukon Public  Schools.  She does curriculum math work  for the State Department of Oklahoma.  She is married and  has four kids.  In her spare time, she enjoys marathon  training. 

 Fun Fact:  She has run 11 full marathons and 19 half  marathons in the past 6 years.

 Favorite Math Joke:  Why is 6 scared of 7?  Because 7  ate 9 (7-8-9).

 Catherine said:  “I love Mathnasium because it gives me the opportunity to help children develop a love for math.  I am able to provide the students a conceptual understanding of the material in a fun, safe, and positive environment.”     

 

 

 

 Hayden McAlpin - Instructor

 About Hayden:  Hayden is currently majoring in Mathematics at the University  of Oklahoma.  He has been working at Mathnasium of Norman for the past year.  He is an athlete that loves to play basketball, volleyball, and just  about anything  else.  Math has always been his favorite  subject; nothing else is  even close.

 Favorite Number:  9, because it’s equal to 3^2 and it’s odd. Everyone needs a  little power and oddness in life.

 Favorite Math Joke: 

 Teacher:  Why are you doing your multiplication on the floor?

 Student:  You told me not to use the tables.

 Hayden said:  “I love Mathnasium because I get to help kids have fun as they learn math, while having fun  myself.”

 

 Maria Maples - Instructor

 About Maria:  Maria comes from a family of educators, and she is following in  their footsteps.  She is majoring Special Education with minors in Mathematics  and Elementary Education.  She will be attending Southwestern Oklahoma State  University in the Fall.  Her favorite subject is math!

 Favorite Number:  25 because it equals 5^2 and it is 1/4 of 100, which for her,  makes it a perfect cornerstone number. 

 Fun Fact:  Maria owns and raises sheep.

 Maria said:  "I love Mathnasium because I get to help students with math and show them that it can be fun."

 

 

 Nick Ross - Instructor

 About Nick:  Nick is a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma and is working  on major/masters in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and  Physics.  He loves to play monopoly, chess, and Magic the Gathering. 

 Fun Fact:  He loves Monopoly so much, he owns 47 variations.

 Favorite Math Joke:  

 Student:  You know what's odd?

 Teacher:  No, what?

 Student:  Every other number.

 Nick said:  “I love Mathnasium because I enjoy learning, and helping others learn has been a passion of mine.  Math, especially, has been one of my favorite subjects that never stops amazing me.”

 

 Hieu Tran - Instructor

 About Hieu:  Hieu is a sophomore at Oklahoma City Community College and is    double-majoring in Applied Mathematics and Spanish.  He plans on finishing his    degree at either OU or UCO.  He is also a graduate of Mustang High School and  was in JROTC for 4 years.  His hobbies including running 5Ks and chess. 

 Fun Fact:  He doesn't know how to swim.

 Favorite Math Joke:  Parallel lines have so much in common but too bad that  they will never meet!   

 Hieu said:  “I love Mathnasium because it gives me a chance to make a difference for others in a fun, unique  way.”

 
 
 

 Nick Pham - Instructor

 About Nick:  Nick graduated from the University of  Oklahoma with a degree in Microbiology, where he had  3.93 GPA.  He is currently applying to dental school and  has hopes of owning his own practice one day.  He  loves  to play tennis, travel, and hang out with friends and family.

 Fun Fact:  He has traveled to 4 different countries in  Europe.

 Favorite Math Joke:  Why is the obtuse triangle always  upset?  Because it is never right?   

 

 Nick said:  “I love Mathnasium because of the fun environment that is created. When students are having fun  while learning, it makes it very enjoyable to be their instructor.”

 

Alec French-Polk - Instructor

 About Alec:  Alec is majoring in Chemical Engineering at the University of  Oklahoma.  When he was growing  up, the Sciences were always his favorite  subjects.  He went to Edmond Sante Fe High School, where he played  football  and swam.  He loves sports, especially football and basketball.  His favorite teams  are the Dallas  Cowboys and Cleveland Cavaliers. 

 Favorte Number:  273.15 because it is the number to convert temperature to Kelvin!

 Fun Fact:  Alec and his mom have the exact same birthday  

 Alec said:  “I love Mathnasium because I really enjoy working with kids, they are always spunky with a smile.  On top of that, it makes me feel good when I can change their outlook on math, showing them how valuable it  really is.”