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

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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:

 Larry 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 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 student’s ability to “do” math, thereby increasing student’s 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 advise. This has helped to make visits more productive and enjoyable for many of our students. 

CenterDirectorAndrew Fisher, Regional Center Director 

On a mission to take the 'fear' out of math

As the Regional Center Director 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 and 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!

Justin Kupec, Center Director

Math is a universal language for all to learn.

As the Center Director at Mathnasium of Avon, 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 (not just mathematicians)! 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! 

Jean Erickson, Center Director

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.  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 of soul of Mathnasium of Avon and it is an absolute pleasure to have her.

Emily Vincent, Instructor

Degree: M.A. from Quinnipiac University in Elementary Education & B.A. from Quinnipiac University in English Literature

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.


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