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.”