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:
Jeff Rucker, Owner & Center Director
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!
Marsha Cantrell, Education Director
My name is Marsha Cantrell & I hope to see you soon at Mathnasium. I love teaching numbers. I have taught students from grades 4 through college. Although I have taught for over 35 years, math is always interesting & I learn something new everyday. I would love to help you develop strong math skills and improve confidence in math. Come join us and see how numbers can work for you!
Colleen Salazar, Assistant Director
Hello! My name is Colleen Salazar, and I am a graduate from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics. I recently moved to Georgia from California, and am very excited to help teach math at Mathnasium over here! Math has always made sense to me, and I hope to help others understand it as well. The highlight of my day is seeing the light in a student's eyes when they grasp a new concept, or make a connection that they hadn't seen before. I can't wait to help foster these moments at Mathnasium, and I know we are going to have a great time learning together!
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!
Elizabeth Barker, Instructor
My name is Elizabeth. I'm a student at Augusta University pursuing a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Math. Math has always been my favorite subject. In high school, I tutored several students in math from elementary, middle and high school. I am excited to be working at Mathnasium and look forward to meeting you soon.
LeVar Dotts, Instructor
I am LeVar! I am a graduate of USC-Aiken ('02) and of the School of Visual Arts ('05) with Bachelor Degrees in Fine Arts and Cartooning. For as long as I can remember, my heart has been with art and becoming a cartoonist. Next to art, though, math has also been a love of mine. I actually minored in math in college. I guess you could say, I'm a mathematical artist! :) While working as a math tutor at USC-Aiken and seeing people struggle with math and consider changing their majors because of it, I realized that I had a passion to help people! Although, I still manage to make time for the occassional art project, my primary job has been that of an Adjunct Math Instructor/Tutor at Aiken Technical College where I've been employed since 2007. I am looking forward to seeing you at Mathnasium, very soon!
Crystal Arnold, Instructor
I am Crystal! Math education is my life. I've been a math educator for more than 20 years & I really love what I do. I have taught students in elementary, middle school & high school. I have my Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Helping children develop a deeper understanding of math is very rewarding to me and being a part of the Mathnasium team gives me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many students. I hope to see you at Mathnasium soon!
Luke Lawrence, Instructor
Nice to meet you, I'm Luke. I am studying finance at Augusta University. Math came to life for me my freshman year of college and since then has become one of my passions. I believe that grasping the importance & knowlege of math can help each student achieve succeed in the classroom, no matter how difficult they think it is. I love helping the students at Mathnasium reach this point.
Hannah Shead, Instructor
Hi my name is Hannah & I am currently a student at Augusta University. I was home schooled from kindergarten all the way through high school. Math has always been my favorite subject. I've helped both of my siblings with different math classes over the years. I enjoy having the opportunity to help others learn and hopefully come to enjoy math. I look forward to seeing you at Mathnasium very soon!
McKayla Ayettey, Instructor
My name is McKayla & I attend Westminster Schools of Augusta. Working at Mathnasium requires two of my favorite things: Math & helping others. My goal is to show every student I work with that math can be fun and they do not have to be afaid of the subject. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Elizabeth Rucker, Instructor
Hi - I'm Elizabeth and I am a student at Westminster Schools of Augusta. I love math and I love helping students, so working at Mathnasium is perfect for me. I hope to help the students at Mathnasium enjoy math like I do and realize that they can do more than they think they can. So much is possible in this world of math! I look forward to meeting you soon.
Sydney Strong, Instructor
I am Sydney. I'm a student at Augusta University working towards a Computer Science Major with a minor in Math. Honestly, I struggled in math throughout middle school and into the first year of high school. But, with time and practice I have learned to appreciate the subject more than I ever though possible. I hope to share my love and appreciate for math with students at Mathnasium. I also hope to show students that even if you're not a natural at Math - you can master it. I did!
Souravi Mondal, Instructor
Hi! My name is Souravi. I graduated from Lakeside High School and am currently pursuing my B.S. degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at Augusta University. I have always loved math because it is universal. It is a part of our everyday lives and consistent in everything we do!! I love helping people who may struggle with math. I can't wait to meet you at Mathnasium very soon!
Will Livingston, Instructor
I am Will. I am fascinated by math. I hope I can instill this love and passion into the students at Mathnasium. I am a freshman at Furman University. I hope to pursue a degree in Music in College. I look forward to meeting you soon.