Mathnasium 51 E. Main Street, Avon CT 06001 (860) 785-6284   avon@mathnasium.com

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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:

 Photo of Larry MartinekLarry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer

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 a classroom teacher and as an educational consultant. He has designed curriculum, teaching strategies, and teaching materials 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 curriculums 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. 

 

Alan Saxena, Center Owner

Inspiring the next generation of minds is the most important undertaking of all.

Alan is the owner of Mathnasium of Avon, as well as another center in Trumbull CT and Manchester, New Hampshire. When Alan first heard of Mathnasium so long ago, he never could have dreamed of how many lives he would change for the better. Now, almost 5 years after deciding to start a center of his own, he wouldn't change a second of it! With all of the hustle and bustle of running 3 centers, Alan is generally a motion blur, always moving and never sitting still. He is always happy to make time for our parents, however, and loves to chat about how their students are doing wherever life takes them!

 

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Andrew Fisher, Regional Director 

I'm on a mission to take the 'fear' out of math.

My job is to make sure every student loves their math experience here and develops solid math confidence.
 
I have been a math enthusiast all my student years and have found the Mathnasium method to be the best method of teaching math. I was a calculus student in high school (A grade) and a math major in college and I believe every child has the potential to excel at math if they are taught the concepts in the right way. Their 'aha' moment when they finally get an elusive concept makes my day! I help children arrive at their own understanding of math concepts and learn how to solve for answers rather than memorize answers or 'math facts.' That is the first building block for a lifetime of math confidence.
 
An avid hiker, I have hiked many northeast US trails and have even tumbled down a mountain once. But I didnt give up -- I still hike every chance I get!

 

 

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Jean Erickson, Center Director

There's a great simplicity in math - anything that's certain and solveable in this world is worth learning!

 After retiring from years of hard work in the liquor industry, Jean Erickson came to us as an administrative assistant.  However, she quickly moved into an instructor role and began to fall in love with teaching math.  Since then, Jean has completed her Center Director training and continues to irradiate the room with her infectious enthusiasm.  No student can be sad at her table because she is sure to turn that frown upside down.  Furthermore, it is often hard to tell who is more excited about a student learning a new concept as she enthusiastically cheers them on.  Jean has become the heart and soul of Mathnasium of Avon, and it is an absolute pleasure to have her.

 

Photo of Justin KupecJustin Kupec, Assistant Center Director

Math is a universal language for all to learn.

I work closely with our students to ensure that everybody is receiving the math experience that we promise, and making the progress that they are striving to achieve.

My background lies equally in computer science and mathematics, and I enjoy connecting with students who are making strides in various STEM programs across the state. I particularly enjoy teaching geometry with proofs, as being able to logically and procedurally validate a statement is an important skill for everyone! Teaching is a passion of mine, and being able to show a student that they had the solution to the problem all along (sometimes a fresh perspective is all that's needed) is and always will be the highlight of my day. Using the Socratic method of teaching always resounded with me, and these years at Mathnasium have taught me just how effective it can be.

I am an amateur chess player, which is consistently reaffirmed when students (some of whom are members of school chess clubs) routinely wipe me off the board! Like all games and skills, losing or making a mistake is just a stepping stone to achieving mastery! 

Steve Zwart, Lead Instructor

Favorite Math Topic: Graph Theory

General Interests: Camping, hiking, and playing computer games.

Why I'm here: I believe that math is an integral (*chuckle) part of life. If people are going to be doing something anyways, I want to help them find the parts that they enjoy!

My favorite color is green. We can debate the finer points of the color at a later date.

I hope to meet Neil DeGrasse Tyson one day. I also would love to visit our moon sometime. If I were an animal, I would be a hydra. Either the tiny microscopic freshwater organism, or the ancient Greek monster of mythology. One or the other.

Emily Vincent, Instructor

Favorite Math Topic: Elapsed Time

General Interests: Skiing, sailing, painting, playing board games, watching football and college hockey.

Why I'm here: I am here because I enjoy teaching children in small group settings where each child receives one-on-one individualized instruction. I love working with children and seeing their eyes light up when they have an 'AH-HA' moment.

My favorite color is navy.

I would love to meet Taylor Swift, and would like to travel someday to Antarctica. If I were an animal, I would most definitely be a cat.

Greg Hill, Instructor

Favorite Math Topic: Geometry

General Interests: Writing, playing games, and stargazing.

Why I'm here: As a father myself, I understand the frustrations of kids (and parents!) and want everyone to have the opportunity to be fascinated and mystified by the often unexpected interactions of numbers!

My favorite color is wine-dark.

I wish I could meet Leonhard Euler, and dream about visiting Trappist-1 (though at 39.6 light-years away, I'll need a car with really good miles-per-gallon). If I were an animal, I would be a moose. Or a goose. Or a mongoose.

 

 

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