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:
Bruce Buckler, Owner & Center Director
Bruce holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and has taught in the Hillsborough County School District. He has additional certification in teaching English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL) and extensive experience in working with Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Gifted students (AGP), and IB school curricula. Bruce and his wife Carol realized that opening a Mathnasium center would allow them to combine their love of children and math while providing a valuable service to the community. Their goal is to help children enjoy math and realize the potential that math skills can unlock.
Carol Buckler, Owner
Carol is a Certified Public Accountant and currently works in public accounting. She also spent 15 years in the Construction industry as a CFO. She shares Bruce’s vision to create a solid mathematical foundation for students along with the confidence that it brings for success in school and life. She helps the center with outreach activities
We have a very rigorus hiring process. Before being hired, potential Instructors must first pass an Advanced Math Literacy Test with no less than 90% and pass a state and federal background check.
It is only after these two requirements have been met that a candidate is called back for an interview. We are very particular in selecting team members .
You can be assured that unique Instructors listed below are an A+ group of math specialists (and just generally COOL people)!
Olan - Lead Instructor
Olan is a second year college student studying math at the University of South Florida. He spends his free time exercising and playing video games. His favorite childhood video game is Mario Kart.
Favorite Number: 17
Favorite Math Joke: Parallel lines have so much in common… It is a shame that they will never meet!
In five years I will be: A math teacher.
I love Mathnasium because: "Mathnasium gives students an opportunity to view math as much more than just numbers"!
Jaffa - Instructor
Jaffa loves math and public education and is studying to become a middle school math teacher! She loves Netflix, Fresh Prince of Bel-air, and Minions! She is from Miami and has recently transferred to USF from Florida A&M University.
Favorite Number: 2 - "1st is the worst, and 2nd is the best"!
Favorite Math Joke: What kind of tree can math teachers climb? GEOMETRY!
In five years I will be: Working on my doctoral degree with aspirations of becoming a school superintendent!
I love Mathnasium because:"I enjoy challenging students and seeing them advance in math"!
Emily - Instructor
Emily loves math and science and is studying to become a chemical engineer! She loves being outdoors, especially in the fall. She is originally from Michigan and has recently moved to Florida.
Favorite Number: 14- “It was my number on my cross country team”.
Favorite Math Joke: “Write the expression for the volume of a pizza with height “A” and Radius “Z”.
In five years I will be: A full-time chemical engineer – or, attending law school to become a patent attorney.
I love Mathnasium because: “I am surrounded by kids who make my time enjoyable – and we are doing math the whole time”!
Jose – Instructor
Jose is a second year computer science major at USF from Hollywood, FL.
Favorite Number: 10
Favorite Math Joke: Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers? He’ll stop at nothing to avoid them.
In five years I’ll be… A software developer.
I love Mathnasium because… “It’s a fun way for students to learn math.”
Joseph – Instructor
Joseph is a tutor who’s always enjoyed math and music the most out of all of his subjects. He likes long walks on the beach and chocolate milk.
Favorite Number: 16
Favorite Math Joke: “Why did 7 eat 9? You’re supposed to eat 3 squared meals a day.”
In five years I’ll be… A traveling musician math tutor with a mustache.
I love Mathnasium because… “It’s an effective way of making sure kids are exposed to multiple tutors every day and follows an effectively established curriculum intended to maximize mental math efficiency.”
Creator of the Mathnasium Method
Larry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer, Developer of Mathnasium Program.
Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From inner city 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 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. This has helped to make visits more productive and enjoyable for many of our students.