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:
Ronald Smith, Owner
When you’ve got 14 grandkids – that’s right, 14! – you get a real sense of how kids tick: what makes them happy, what motivates them, what helps them succeed. When my granddaughters enrolled in Mathnasium, I expected just another tutoring service – until the day I told them I wouldn’t be able to take them to Mathnasium that day. They were so disappointed, they made me PROMISE to make it up by taking them to extra sessions! Turns out, not only were her math skills and confidence improving – she was also having fun! Obviously, the folks at Mathnasium were really on to something, so I brought a new center to Zionsville/West Carmel. Now several of my other grandchildren are gaining skills and confidence, thanks to the Mathnasium Method. Stop in and see us some time – but be warned – your kids won’t want to miss their sessions!
My favorite subject to teach is Mental Math and Number Sense because of profound these affect student confidence.
Michelle McNaughton, Center Director
Like the students at Mathnasium, I once had a math tutor. I know what it's like to lack confidence in math. But the good news is, I also know what it's like to build both math skills and confidence. And now I'll be the one showing you neat tricks that you can use to build your confidence. Before you know it, you'll be doing more of the things you love!
Michelle has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Detroit Mercy. After working in a chemistry laboratory for a few years she decided to pursue teaching.
Abby Fitzwater, Senior Lead Instructor
Who understands difficulties with math in school better than someone in school? I am a sophomore at Butler University studying secondary math education and math is my favorite subject! That doesn't mean it has always been easy. But getting successfully through the tough problems is really what it's all about. And at Mathnasium, it's also fun! So, come on in. We'll talk about school, about math, and - most important - about success.
Joshua Balda, Lead Instructor
I'm Josh. I will be a Senior in High School come this Fall. Math has always come easy to me and has been a huge part of my life, just like soccer. Due to this I have accelerated in math throughout the years and am currently attending IUPUI through their Dual Credit Program. Once I graduate High School I plan on attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. I hope to major in Mechanical Engineering as this has also been a passion of mine throughout the years. Working with kids to help them understand math has also been something that I enjoy and hope to continue through the years. From giving private tutoring lessons to working here at Mathnasium, I work with kids to help them have the same love and passion that I do for Math.
Zachary Brown, Lead Instructor
I'm Zach. I was a wrestler at Ashland University and graduated with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in math. I work at Zionsville Middle School as an Instructional Assistant and an assistant wrestling coach. When I was growing up, math wasn’t the easiest subject and some of the topics were rather confusing, but because of great teachers who really love to help students understand how to do the hard problems I was able to make that a part of my degree. Now I’m working to be just like those helpful teachers and hope that students can have an even better experience than I did!
Merideth Boyd, Instructor
Math is beautiful. No, really! Math isn’t a bunch of formulas that some old guys developed long ago. It is an accumulation of observations made about our entire universe! Math is truly beautiful because it is reflected in nature and is all around us. I bring this love of math to my studies as an Actuarial Science major at IUPUI, and to the students, we teach at Mathnasium. I help kids see the beauty of mathematical concepts and patterns by helping them understand. And the beauty of the Mathnasium Method is that I’ve never seen kids so excited about math! Want to see something beautiful? Come to Mathnasium - a thing of beauty right here is Zionsville!
My favorite subjects to teach are algebra, pre-calc, calculus, and statistics.
Sophia Georgiades, Instructor
I'm Sophia. Math and I did not have a love-at-first-sight kind of thing together. Nope. In fact, we didn't get along at all in the beginning. In elementary school, math was something I struggled with immensely. I lacked self-confidence. Math and I did not enjoy each other's company. But then something changed. With plenty of encouragement and hard work - like the kind of thing you get at Mathnasium - I grew to love math! Now I'm a junior at Carmel High School, and I love working with kids and helping them to learn to love math just like I do!
Larry Martinek, Creator of the Mathnasium Method
Larry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer, Developer of Mathnasium Program.
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 curriculas 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 advice. This has helped to make visits more productive and enjoyable for many of our students.