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:
Alex Dzurick, Center Director
Alex is the Center Director at Mathnasium of Blue Bell. Alex has diverse experience as an educator. Upon earning his certification as a middle school science teacher, he began teaching at his alma mater of South Callaway Middle School in Missouri, where he developed an appreciation for applied math skills. He later served as the "energy educator" for a municipal utility company, a role in which he worked closely with math and science teachers to develop programs to support students' growth in STEM. Alex has also taught at children's science centers and was selected as a representative on the National Science Teaching Assocation's Informal Science Education committee.
A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri, Alex received his master's degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May of 2017. Alex is passionate about education as well as lifelong learning: he has been involved in quizbowl competitions as a participant, coach, and official for many years and one day dreams to appear on Jeopardy!. He is committed to bringing the Mathnasium Method to the children in Blue Bell and surrounding areas. Outside of Mathnasium, Alex also teaches math part-time at a local private school and has been an adjunct instructor at Harcum College.
Greg Bundens, Owner / Managing Director
Greg earned his master’s degree in Mathematics Education at Widener University in 1993, where he was inspired by an approach to math instruction that emphasized conceptual understanding. He has experience as a classroom teacher of grades 7 through 12 in both private and public school settings. Greg views Mathnasium as a remarkable model for teaching kids math. “Having been a classroom teacher, I know that in most cases teachers are doing everything they can within the constraints of their situation. But many students simply need more one-on-one instruction to excel. The Mathnasium method achieves this and much more, due to the richness and breadth of the Mathnasium curriculum. It really is the ideal adjunct for a student’s daily classroom instruction, whether the child is struggling or advanced.”
Greg and his wife, Jeanne, a Ph.D. chemistry professor at Eastern University, know that regular exposure to the language of math paves the way for a lifelong love of the subject. So it is no surprise that they regularly engage in “talking math” with their sons Bryce, a student at Calvin University, and Jared, a student at Conestoga High School. Greg has also owned and managed the Mathnasium of Rosemont since 2005.
Our Core Team of Instructors:
These fabulous folks fill most of our hours with their dedication to helping students build conceptual math understanding. Students who sign up for a Blue Bell Mathnasium membership will generally find themselves working with one or more of these members of our crew.
Maddie is a student at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. She is on the most advanced math track available at GMA, and brings her bright demeanor to our center. In addition to her challenging classes, Maddie is a rower and competes on the crew team at her school.
Oonagh comes to Mathnasium after graduating Goucher College summa cum laude with a degree in math. At Goucher, she enjoyed finding a community to talk math as a student, tutor and grader. Oonagh has worked with the American Women in Mathematics organization to help encourage women and girls to pursue their curiosity in mathematics. She is passionate about making math education accessible, interesting and relevant for all students. Outside of Mathnasium, she is currently studying to get a master’s in counseling.
Daniel is an instructor at the Blue Bell Mathnasium center. An engineering student at Temple University, he has always enjoyed the problem solving concepts and techniques inherent to mathematics and engineering. A transplant to Pennsylvania, Daniel brought his experience tutoring math and science to students of all levels in Orlando, Florida, and applies it to teaching math concepts with a clear, understandable approach.
Originally from New York, Susan earned a BS in Mathematics at Brooklyn College and an MBA in Computer Methodology at Baruch College. She was previously a Mathnasium center owner in North Carolina before moving to the Philadelphia area. Currently, Susan serves as an instructor at both the Rosemont and Blue Bell Mathnasium locations.
And Some Further Friends and Helpers:
While you may not find these folks at Blue Bell all the time, their willingness to assist us in serving students makes our work possible. It's a special treat to get to work with one of these team members!
Anna is a student at the University of Virginia in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Computer Science and Economics and a recent graduate of Wissahickon High School. Though her studies prevent her from working a lot, you may find Anna helping teach online students at Blue Bell on occasion. With her experience in high-level math courses and her passion for teaching and helping others, she is able to make difficult mathematical concepts more clear and relatable. Outside of school work and Mathnasium, Anna enjoys playing water polo, listening to podcasts, and cooking new recipes.
Bryce may live in Michigan where he studies engineering at Calvin University, but Mathnasium@Home is his second home. Bryce's cheery disposition and deep mathematical knowledge make him a perfect fit to help Blue Bell students with their Mathnasium work, when it fits around his class schedule.
Pat helps to manage our partnership with Zummo Bikes, a non-profit group from Norristown. He joins in to teach kids who are identified by Zummo as outstanding candidates for Mathnasium and enjoys getting to work with these energetic and dedicated students.
Pete handles some online private lesson students from Blue Bell. He has experience working for several local Mathnasium centers, including Rosemont. A graduate of both Cornell and Villlanova, Pete's extensive background helps him know exactly how to connect the dots for his students.
Emmanuel brings joy and fun to math as an instructor at Mathnasium. Having worked with children in many contexts, he enjoys seeing a student light up when they learn a new skill. With a focus on our younger students, Emmanuel ensures that each Mathnasium student is set up for success in high school and beyond!
Carol primarily works at the Rosemont Mathnasium, but she sometimes assists with online students at Blue Bell and may even drop by for an in-center session every now and then. After a career as a chemical engineer, Carol has enjoyed tutoring students in math and science, particularly in higher level courses such as calculus, physics, and statistics.
Alex has been a Mathnasium instructor since 2016, and though he's since taken on a full-time job, he still pops in to help us out from time to time. He enjoys teaching both the concepts and the modes of thinking that provide students with a deep understanding of the language of numbers and beyond. Alex received his B.A. degree in Greek & Roman classics from Temple University and is currently back to school studying computer programming.
Trisha has been known to slide over and help out at Blue Bell, though she can usually be found working at the Rosemont center.
Anna occasionally "guest-teaches" some online sessions at the Blue Bell center. She primarily focuses her work at the Rosemont Mathnasium location.