Mathnasium 1728 Fordham Blvd, #123, Chapel Hill NC 27514 (919) 490-5151

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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:

Owner/Center DirectorIoannis (John) Melenikiotis, Director & Owner

Ioannis’ prior responsibilities were corporate finance and operations both in the U.S. and internationally.  In his free time, he also enjoyed helping family and friends with math, mentoring elementary-school Odyssey of the Mind teams, and coaching elementary- and middle-school aged football (soccer) teams.  Looking for a business model to advance youth, Ioannis decided to invest in Mathnasium, understanding the method is designed to make a positive impact in each student’s life, either by helping those who need to make sense of math concepts, or by providing those ahead the extra challenge, all the time enhancing their critical thinking skills.  Allow me to show you how Mathnasium is your solution! 


Elis Regina Melenikiotis, Director & Owner

Elis earned her teaching degree and thrives on helping children feel succesful at school.  As a teenager, Elis created an after-school program for students who wanted to improve their math skills or needed extra tutoring.  She also volunteered at her church, teaching catechism to children and helping the clergy.  After 20 years in the corporate workforce, volunteering at schools, and working with diverse people in Brazil, Thailand and the U.S., Elis decided to dedicate herself to her family.  She is especially proud of helping her children during their formative years, which made her realize the importance of developing strong fundamentals in children early on.  She is enthusiastic to use her personal and professional experience to help children succeed at the Mathnasium Center.  Elis and Ioannis have two beautiful children together. 



  Chris Bush, Lead Instructor

Chris grew up near San Francisco in California. He loved school, sports, video games and riding his bike. After High School, Chris attended college in Boston, Massachusetts and received a degree in Music, playing the saxophone. Chris then toured all around Europe and North America with his band for about ten years before deciding it was time for a change of pace. He moved back to San Francisco and managed a sustainably-focused restaurant there for about six years. After another desire for a change of scenery, Chris moved to the island of Kauai for six years, where he rediscovered his love for math and teaching. He tutored and was a substitute teacher for a few years, before becoming an instructor at the local community college. It was during this time that Chris decided he would like to go to graduate school, this time for Mathematics. Chris is new to Chapel Hill, taking the classes he needs at UNC to be able to apply to the graduate program there. He still plays saxophone, and still loves teaching and tutoring (and tennis!), but he will be devoting the majority of his time over the next few years to his doctorate studies, with the intent to one day become a professor at a university.

Fun Fact: Chris can solve the Rubik’s Cube in about 2 minutes.