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:
Shane Bland, Center Director
Shane has a passion for education, teaching, and seeing children learn, grow, and excel. Shane keeps a busy schedule at Mathnasium as well as being the Instructor/Choreographer at Young at Arts and being on the staff at Eliza Corwin Frost in Bronxville. There is no better person who understands a child's learning and developmental needs from birth through graduation than our very own Mr. Shane! As a former Broadway performer (Show Boat, Disney The Lion King, Bombay Dreams) Shane knows how important it is to be both physically and mentally strong. Having a strong educational foundation is paramount to success in all areas of life and our aim is to provide that foundation to each and every one of our “Mathletes.” As a creative person, Shane feels that the Mathnasium Method provides the best way for students to think outside the box and learn using their own thought-process and imagination. He is excited to see each and every one of our students reach for and attain their personal best and is here to cheer them on every step of the way. In his down time Shane enjoys Bikram Yoga, running, cooking, anything Disney, and going on magical adventures with his daughters Graysen and Sayler, his son Chanse, and his wife, Dayle.
Joy Ovadek - Assistant Center Director -Chappaqua/Mt.Kisco
When Joy was quite young she would tell her family and friends that she dreamed of being a teacher. Then came schooling, college (CUNY, B.A, Sociology) two children and a career in corporate advertising. Now that she is at Mathnasium, her childhood dream has finally been fulfilled! She loves that moment when a student "gets it" and gives her the smile that says that the math is making sense to them.
Joy enjoys volunteering, reading, exercising, listening to a variety of music, doing crossword puzzles and trying new recipes. Fun fact: Joy has a collection of unusual salt and pepper shakers.
Nancy graduated from Fordham University with a BS in Accounting and from Teachers College with a Master of Arts degree in Math Education. Nancy’s enthusiasm for math as well as her experiences working within the New York City public schools has provided her with strong skills to understand student needs resulting in appropriate instruction for success in math. While teaching she hopes students realize that math is fun…a challenge to be taken, a puzzle to solve! In her spare time, Nancy enjoys golf, gardening and skiing at Windham Mountain.
Alix has a BA in Elementary Education from Western Connecticut State University. She loves being able to work with students of all different grades and spreading the love of learning to the next generation. While in school, she often volunteered at Super Hero Math Nights at elementary schools in the Danbury, CT area. In her spare time Alix enjoys sailing, hiking, and running. Fun fact: Alix dislikes bananas but her favorite ice cream is Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey, which is banana flavored ice cream!