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:
Wendy Curtner, Owner/Center Director
Wendy is the Owner and Center Director at Mathnasium of Burleson. Prior to opening her Mathnasium center, Wendy worked as a mathematics consultant at Education Service Center Region 11 in Fort Worth. She brings over 20 years of experience teaching, facilitating, and coaching mathematics in classrooms throughout Central Texas. Wendy earned her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master's degree in Instructional Leadership from Texas State University. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics. Wendy is passionate about mathematics and enthusiastic about helping every child in the Burleson community to truly understand math by teaching it in the way that makes sense to them!
Favorite Number: Pi because my daughter was born on March 14th (and so was Albert Einstein)!
Favorite Math Joke: Mom: "3.141592653589793238462643383279.....! Get in here right now!" Daughter (on the phone): "I've got to go. My mom only uses my full name when I'm in big trouble!"
Favorite Quote: "What math education will be for one child for one year will depend on what the child's teacher believes, knows, and does-- and doesn't believe, doesn't know, and doesn't do." - Eric Mueller
Larry Martinek, Creator of the Mathnasium Method
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 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 curriculas 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.
Tom I, Instructor
Tom has worked as an elementary teacher in Dallas ISD and Crowley ISD for 16 years. He earned two degrees from the University of Texas at Austin: BBA in Management and a BA in Government. He successfully completed all state requirements as a classroom teacher under the alternative certification program. He loves math because it is logical and allows creativity and imagination. He enjoys helping students link math to the real world around them. Math is cool! He also enjoys working out at the gym and playing golf.
Favorite Number: 1701 as it is the number on the starship Enterprise from Star Trek (NCC-1701) and 12, for the greatest Dallas Cowboys quarterback of all time Roger Staubach. There are also 12 inches in a foot!
Favorite Math Joke: Where do multiplication problems eat breakfast? At times tables.
Favorite Quote: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein
Becky S, Lead Instructor
Becky has 18 years experience as an elementary educator in the private school sector. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at Southwestern Adventist University and her Master's Degree in Reading Speciality from Concordia Lutheran University. Becky is passionate about striving for excellence in working with all students.
Favorite Number: 17, because I always strive for excellence and one is the best..... and seven because it was my mom's favorite number.
Favorite Math Joke: Why can't a rabbit's nose be 12 inches long?........Because then it would be a foot!
Favorite Quote: "Mistakes are proof that you are trying." - Anonymous
Roger F, Instructor
Roger serves as the pastor of Burleson Bible Church. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University and worked as an engineer in a variety of positions for 13 years. He then attended Phoenix Seminary where he obtained his Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. While in seminary, Roger worked as a substitute teacher in High School math classes plus tutored many students in math. Even now, he enjoys tutoring young people every chance he gets! After serving as a pastor in Shreveport, LA, he taught Algebra I, Algebra II, and Trigonometry in a local high school. Roger is excited about helping kids not just learn math, but enjoy math!
Favorite Number: 42. It is the answer to the great question of life, the universe, and everything!
Favorite Math Joke:
Q: Why can't atheists solve exponential equations?
A: Because they don't believe in higher powers
Favorite Quote:.“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Priscilla W, Instructor
Priscilla is a homeschooling mom of 3 beautiful daughters ages 16, 9, and 3. She is pursuing her degree in Mathematics Education because as she was homeschooling her kids, she realized how much she LOVED teaching math to them more than any other subject! Priscilla's ultimate goal as an instructor is not just to teach math but to give students the tools to have FUN learning it.
Favorite Number: 1693 because those are the ages of my daughters and they are my whole world!
Favorite Math Joke: What do you call a number that doesn't keep still? A roamin' numeral.
Favorite Quote: "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop
Ashley O, Instructor
Ashley is a two year college student who attended Dallas Baptist University as an Intercultural Studies Major. She is now pursuing a BS in Nursing at Texas Woman's University. She spent two years working as an After School Program Intern aiding students in homework and spent time teaching curriculum. She enjoys art projects, playing soccer, and music! She hopes to use her love for math to encourage students and remind them that they can do anything they set their minds to!
Favorite Number: 2, second is the best!
Favorite Math Joke: “How do 2 angles flirt? They complement each other! That’s was an acute joke.. am I right?”
Favorite Quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi
Genaro C, Instructor
Genaro is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's degree in University Studies from Mays Business School. He holds minors in Economics and Sport Management. Genaro is an aspiring educator who plans to teach middle school math in the future. He has previously served as a substitute teacher in Crowley ISD, assisting students from a variety of grade levels, and has also volunteered for the Thumbs Up for School Readiness Program. Genaro's goal is to foster a desire for lifelong learning among students, especially by helping them build a strong foundation in math. If students are able to understand a concept in a way that makes sense and is simultaneously fun, they will not only retain the material but enjoy it too, and grow more confident in their abilities. In his spare time, Genaro enjoys watching sports (he's a BIG Rangers fan!) and superhero movies.
Favorite Number: 10 because it's easy to work with (and #10 was worn by Michael Young of the Rangers). Also, what is the 10th prime number? That'd be 29 - Adrian Beltre!
Favorite Math Joke: How do mathematicians scold their children? "If I've told you n times, I've told you n+1 times..."
Favorite Quote: "If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth." -Roberto Clemente
Richard L, Instructor
Richard is a third-year college student at the University of Texas at Arlington, majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics. He also serves as a university physics tutor and research assistant. Richard is currently assisting in stellar remnant and neutrino research between tutoring and classes. He spends his free time playing guitar and video games.
Favorite Number: e=2.7818… because it just keeps showing up
Favorite Math Joke: Q - Why did the chicken cross the Möbius strip. A - To get to the same side
Favorite Quote: “Stand a little less between me and the Sun” - Diogenes
Roger W, Instructor
Roger has been teaching high school mathematics for the past 11 years. He has also taught Engineering, Speech, College Speech, and English classes, and has coached tennis. He has a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and a Master's degree in Communication, both from West Texas A&M University (Go Buffs!). Roger also enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Favorite Number: I like the number i in mathematics. It is always fun to try to explain and see reactions from students.
Favorite Math Joke: Two guys load up a truck with melons at $1 apiece, and drive into town. They sell the melons at $1, and are surprised when they find out that they have only broken even at the end of the day. One looks at the other, hits him on the back of the head and says, "See? We should have gotten a bigger truck!" I like to tell that one when students claim they will never need math.
Favorite Quote: "And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences"--Terry Pratchett
Kelsey T, Lead Instructor
Kelsey is an alum of Annapolis Christian Academy and a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi graduate where she holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology. Kelsey truly loves seeing students excel in math and everything they set out to do. She is passionate about mental health awareness and is always encouraging students to be confident in themselves.
Favorite Number: 7, because 7 ate 9 :)
Favorite Math Joke: Q: Why didn't the Romans find algebra very hard? A: Because "x" was always 10!
Favorite Quote: Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that is is stupid." - Albert Einstein
Bob S, Instructor
Bob was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but his dad was in the Army at the time so he moved around a lot until he was 12 and put down roots in Colorado. He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering Mathematics, and then he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to Luke Air Force Base outside of Phoenix, Arizona. That is where he got his Master of Arts in Mathematics from Arizona State University and met his wife Carol. They have been married now for almost 44 years and have two daughters and two grandsons. Bob has been in the Fort Worth Area since 1978 when he was hired by General Dynamics as a computer programmer. He worked in the aerospace industry until last year when he retired from Lockheed Martin. Bob enjoys hiking in the mountains, building furniture, photographing nature, and playing with my grandsons.
Favorite Number: Twelve is my favorite number because my birthday is on the twelfth, my brother’s is on the twelfth, my daughter’s is on the twelfth and my wife’s is in the twelfth month.
Favorite Math Joke: "I just saw my math teacher with a piece of graph paper. I think he must be plotting something."
Favorite Quote: Isaiah 40:31 "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Matt S, Instructor
Matt is in his senior year at Mansfield Legacy High School, and is looking into attending Texas A&M for a degree in mechanical engineering in the near future. He lives with his two younger siblings and three big dogs. In his spare time, Matt likes to sleep and play video games.
Favorite Number: 64, because you can split it in half so many times.
Favorite Math Joke: Q: "Did you hear about the math teacher who's afraid of negative numbers?" A: "He will stop at nothing to avoid them!"
Favorite Quote: "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." - G. K. Chesterton
Cindi S, Instructor
Cindi has been in education for 12 years, the last 5 teaching middle school math at a public charter school in Fort Worth. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University, and a Master’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Illinois, Springfield. Cindi is a California native, but she has also lived in New Jersey, and has been in Texas for almost 16 years. She is passionate about math and anything healthy. In her free time, Cindi enjoys learning about healthy foods, and spending time with her husband, 2 grown daughters, and 2 dogs.
Favorite Number: 4, because there were 4 of us (me, my husband and 2 kids) for all these years.
Favorite Math Joke: Q: "Why do plants hate math?" A: "Because it gives them square roots!"
Favorite Quote: “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are” – Brené Brown
Jonathan P, Instructor
Jonathan graduated from Deer Park High School and is currently pursuing a degree in Law Enforcement at Tarrant County College in hopes of becoming a police officer. In his spare time, he loves to play tennis!
Favorite Number: 3.14 because I was born on March 14th!
Favorite Math Joke: "Q: Why are math teachers like pirates? A: They are always looking for the X!"
Favorite Quote: "I love math and working with kids!" - Jonathan Peltier
Michael C, Instructor
Micheal is starting his third year as a secondary mathematics teacher. He grew up in Georgia and received a Bachelor's degree from Brewton-Parker College. Michael is married and has 3 children. In his spare time, he likes to play guitar and help students understand the beauty of mathematics.
Favorite Number: The Golden Ratio: 1.618.....
Favorite Math Joke: Q: "What do you call 2 guys that love math?" A: "Algebros!"
Favorite Quote: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." - Yogi Berra
Katelyn B, Instructor
Katelyn is a junior at Crowley Collegiate Academy where she intends to graduate with her high school diploma and an associate's degree in mathematics. She hopes to continue working in mathematics in the future, along with non-profit work. Katelyn lives with her younger brother and her dogs. She loves to read and write stories. She also enjoys community work and spending time with her family and friends.
Favorite Number: 24, because it is me and my brother's favorite numbers from when we were kids, 8 and 3, multiplied.
Favorite Math Joke: Q: "Why did the polynomial plant die?" A: "It's roots were imaginary."
Favorite Quote: "Friendship is constant in all other things." -William Shakespeare