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:
Matthew Lint, Center Director
My name is Matthew Lint. I am excited to be at the Mathnasium in Aiken! I am joining the Aiken team from our Mathnasium in Evans and I look forward to seeing you in the Center very soon! I am a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics. I have always found math to be a fascinating subject and really saw how useful it could be once I got to high school. My desire to use math in the real world led me to study engineering and then pure mathematics in college. The most important thing I learned is that math is so much more than numbers on a page. Math is everywhere and understanding how it works can benefit anyone! Mathnasium is the perfect way to share my passion for mathematics and to show students just how awesome it can be!
Jeff Rucker, Owner
Jeff LOVES forecasting success for your child's future! Before opening the first area Mathnasium (in 2011), Jeff was the Chief Meteorologist at NBC Augusta for 12 years. His decision to bring Mathnasium to the CSRA is a logical follow-on to all his previous work as a Navy and broadcast meteorologist. Jeff often jokes that meteorology is 70% math, 20% science and 10% art. “I think I took more math classes in college and grad school than I did weather classes.” Since beginning his broadcast meteorology career back in 1996, Jeff has made school visits and weather education outreach a top priority. From pre-K to high school, Jeff has spoken to hundreds of classrooms all over the CSRA. Anyone who has ever seen one of Jeff’s weather talks (or weathercasts) knows that Jeff loves to teach. Besides making regular visits to area classrooms, Jeff teaches elementary kids at his church, Stevens Creek, and college students at Augusta State. Mathnasium affords Jeff the wonderful opportunity to expand his gift of teaching. “Now I can be in my own classroom all day!” Jeff also believes that math and science expos and fairs are critical to helping all kids understand how important and fun math can be. Jeff has played critical roles in the Middle School State Science Olympiad, SRS Technology Days, and Science Education and Enrichment Day at USC Aiken. “If kids can learn how to think, they will gain confidence to solve problems. Mathnasium is all about building a rock-solid mathematical foundation – we call it number-sense – that leads to confidence and accomplishment in all areas of life, not just in math!” Jeff holds a B.S. in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.S. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Jeff’s love for math started early! He even earned his high school varsity letter on the math team!
Christine Rucker, Owner & Marketing Director
Christine, Jeff's wife, is his biggest cheerleader and is so excited to be involved with MATHNASIUM here in the CSRA! She is the behind-the-scenes staple that keeps it all together.
Christine holds a B.S. in Communications from Old Dominion University. She has worked as a news producer at NBC and CBS in Norfolk VA and at NBC here in Augusta. Her experience line producing local news helps her juggle all the ins and outs of the Centers.
As a mother to two high schoolers, Christine knows how to make kids feel comfortable, encouraged and welcomed! She's excited about seeing you at the center very soon.
Lindsey Siegel, Training Director
I taught math at Jefferson County High School for 5 years! Friends, family and even strangers cannot believe that anybody would actually want to teach math, especially to high-schoolers, but I think that is because they remember not doing well in math themselves. Even the most difficult problem can be broken down to a simple problem if you look at the core meaning; and that works for anything, not just for math. I believe anybody at any age can learn the skills of thinking that come with knowing how to "do math", but each person does that at their own pace. I am thrilled I get to help students make math make sense at MATHNASIUM!
Matt Richardson, Instructor
I'm Matt Richardson! I'm a graduate of USC-Aiken with a degree in Secondary Math Education. I'm also an adjunct Math Professor at Aiken Technical College (since 2015). At Aiken Tech, I teach developmental math & beginner and intermediate Algebra courses. I love working with students and help them to understand and become stronger in Math. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Eli Sanchez, Instructor
I'm Eli! In school, I often found myself tutoring my peers, and it was something I really enjoyed. I enjoy being able to help others in any way I can, and tutoring has been the best way for me to do this. Over the years, I've learned lots of tips and tricks to help make math easier to understand for students. I have a sister in middle school who I taught these tricks to, and it helped her pass her classes. I can't wait to teach these same methods to your student so help them succeed now, and later in their education.
Landon Thornton, Instructor
Hello, I'm Landon and I look forward to helping your son or daughter grow stronger in math! I have loved math for as far back as I can remember. I love working at Mathnasium because I have a passion for helping others. See you soon!
Ray Lawson, Instructor
Hi, I'm Ray! I have a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering rom USC-Columbia. I retired after spending some 40 years as an Engineer and Engineering manager. I also serve as an adjunct professor at Tulane University teaching the engineering aspects of Homeland Security! My wife & I homeschooled our 3 adult children! I love working with students and my reward is seehing those magical "AHA!" moments when the subject matter clicks for them. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Victoria Colon-LaBorde, Instructor
Hi, I'm Victoria! I attend Aiken High School with plans to attend the University of South Carolina. I want to be a chemical engineer. I have always loved math and helping others understand it better. In my free time I like to run, cook and spend time with my pets. I'm excited to be a part of the Mathnasium team and I look forward to meeting you soon!
Rachel Eubanks, Instructor
It's nice to meet you, I'm Rachel! I graduated as Valedictorian from South Aiken Baptist High School. I plan to enroll at the University of South Carolina-Aiken to earn my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I love working with school aged children and teenagers. I am thankful for the opportunity to help the students at Mathnasium. In high school, I tutored my classmates in math and helped them study for big tests and I loved each and every "lightbulb" moment they experienced. See you soon!
Jordan Dicks, Instructor
Hello, my name is Jordan! I am a graduate of the University of South Carolina-Aiken with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. I love helping people when it comes to math related topics. One of my favorite hobbies is sketching & drawing! My dream is to create animated TV shows. I look forward to helping your son or daughter become more knowledgeable and comfortable with math! See you soon!
Steve Haertel, Instructor
It's nice to meet you, my name is Steve! I'm excited to be at the Mathnasium in Aiken! I look forward to seeing you in the Center very soon. I hold Bachelor's and Masters' degrees in Math and taught Secondary Math for 5 years upon graduating from college. After that, I spent the rest of my career in computer programming and high-tech marketing and sales. I have always found Math to be a fascinating subject and a real-lie problem solving tool! I think Mathnasium's numerical fluency approach is excellent. I am now retired and my goal is to help students apply math in their lives with confidence!
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