Mathnasium 350 Lexington Avenue, Mt. Kisco NY 10549 (914) 725-6284   chappaqua@mathnasium.com

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Our Team

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:

Center DirectorShane 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.

 

Bella DeVito - Assistant Center Director - Mamaroneck

Bella holds a BS and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College. Since 2014 Bella has enjoyed working with the children at Mathnasium to develop their mathematical skills. She hopes to inspire them to one day consider a profession in engineering or the sciences. Bella enjoys reading, playing the piano and traveling. She is the co-author of a Regulatory Chemicals Handbook and a contributing author of several engineering text/reference books. 

 

Anthony Aloi

Although Anthony has been at Mathnasium for only a year, he has over eight years of tutoring experience working with students of all ages. He is currently attending Mercy College, working towards a B.S. in Computer Science. Anthony's hobbies include, Chess, Dungeons & Dragons and performing in a VFW Drum Corps.

 

Nicholas Colon

An Aerospace Engineering major from the University of Buffalo, Nicholas enjoys working at Mathnasium because it allows him to share his skills and enjoyment of math with others. Nicholas enjoys football, baseball, basketball, video games, Rubik’s Cubes, high power rocketry and RC planes. As an athlete, Nicholas once played all nine positions in the field at a single baseball game

 

Richard Foran

Richard has an MBA in Risk Management from St. John’s University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics from Manhattan College. He likes working with and teaching young adults, and in his spare time plays tennis, scuba dives, and practices yoga. He is also a volunteer firefighter! 

 

David Rattner

David has an MS in Computer Science from Princeton University and a BS in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. He has been with Mathnasium since 2015 and likes that the program provides for both a challenge and a sense of accomplishment. In his free time David likes exercise, reading, music and mathematical puzzles. For eight years he was also the owner of bartending schools.

 

Alix Zipperman

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!