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:
Alex Guppy, Owner of Mathnasium of Chattanooga, Hixson and Brentwood
Alex received his Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Shortly after graduating, Alex moved abroad to teach English in Taiwan - an adventure turned odyssey that lasted the next six years. When he was not teaching and having fun with his students, he was exploring the mountains and streams of the island. Eventually, home called and Alex returned to the States in 2013. In the Fall of 2014, Alex visited Chattanooga for a rock climbing trip. As the season passed by and frost began to accumulate on his tent each morning in Prentice Cooper State Park, Alex contemplated returning home to Michigan for the holidays, but then applied for a center director position at Mathnasium on a whim. He cannot help but look back on his humble beginnings here in amazement as Gunbarrel location he took over has grown from 40 to 150 students in 2018 while a second center he opened, Mathnasium of Hixson, now has 65 students of its own. In the beginning of 2018, Alex became the sole owner of both Mathnasiums here in town. He is honoured by all of the parents who have entrusted the safety and education of their children to him over the years and helped him realize his dream of owning his own business. He is looking forward to helping many more children reach their full potential in the coming years.
Favorite Number: 5 because it's been his number in sports since he was a young boy.
Favorite Math Joke: Why should you worry about the math teacher holding graph paper? She's definitely plotting something
Fun Fact: On the one hand, he never bothered to memorize his multiplication facts. On the other, he likes to wow students with mental multiplication up to triple digits!
Grace Vogel, Assistant Center Director
Gracie has been at Mathnasium since 2016, and couldn't love it more! After graduating from East Hamilton in 2019, Gracie is pursuing a degree in Mathematics from UTC. In her free time, she is a musical theatre and cooking enthusiast who loves spending time with her friends, family, and her dog, Stella!
Favorite Number: 16, because 2^4 and 4^2 is 16.
Favorite Math Joke: Why didn't sin and tan go to the party? Just cos.
Interesting Fact: She got a perfect score on the math portion of the ACT!
Jeremy Higdon, Director of Education
Born in a blizzard, Jeremy has spent the years since honing his teaching and tutoring skills. He has a degree in actarial science from UTC, and a Master's degree in math from UTK. He has been at Mathnasium since 2015 and is currently the Director of Education at the Chattanooga center. He loves to watch lightbulbs light up as students gain understanding!
Favorite Number: Hydra(4), because it is really REALLY big!
Favorite Math Joke: Why don't preachers like the beach? Cos tan lines are a sin.
Interesting Fact: Jeremy is the longest member of the Mathnasium team!
Stephen Rowell, Instructor
Stephen Rowell is in his second year of college at Chattanooga State. He is pursuing an associate's degree in business management and plans to transfer to ETSU after he graduates. He joined Mathnasium in 2019 and loves the feeling of helping a kid better understand math.
Favorite number: 12, He wore it for basketball and soccer.
Favorite math joke: Why is it sad that parallel lines have so much in common? Because they'll never meet.
Interesting fact: Stephen spends his free time playing sports.
Tejit Pamidi, Instructor
Tejit is a junior at Boyd Buchanan School. He is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. Math is his favorite subject because he loves how it just makes sense and is so straightforward.
Favorite Number: 12, Tom Brady's Number
Favorite Math Joke: What do you call a number that can't keep still? A roamin' numeral.
Interesting Fact: Plays soccer and is a black belt and national medalist in karate.
Ben Thompson, Instructor
Ben attends East Hamilton High School and is currently in his junior year. He loves Model United Nations and Youth in Government, but his week wouldn't be complete without the opportunity to work with all the kids he's come to know at Mathnasium. His favorite part of the job is getting a student who really lacks the true understanding of a concept, and helping them realize not just how to swolve a problem, but why that method is used.
Favorite Number: 2, because it is not only the first prime number, it is also the only even prime number. It is the denominator of the fractioin kids are most familiar with so it's incredibly helpful to use when teaching fractions. 2 is the base number system of binary code, the language of computers and what this website is even possible through. Finally, 2 is the first whole number with an irrational square root.
Favorite Math Joke: Why don't I trust obtuse angles? Because they are never right.
Intersting Fact: He loves to debate when he is not doing math.
Saim Bhimji, Instructor
Saim is a rising jounior at East Hamilton. He is fascinated by computers and wants to pursue a career in cyber security. Saim has been at Mathnasium since January 2019 and has come to enjoy interacting with students and helping them with their math.
Favorite Number: 3 because his favorite athlete, Dwyane Wade, wears number 3
Favorite Math Joke: Teacher: Why are you turning in a blank piece of paper? Student: Because all my answers are imaginary numbers.
Interesting Fact: Saim’s favorite hobby is basketball!
Sahil Sankur, Instructor
Sahil Sankur is a Junior at East Hamilton. He loves technology and the arts and hopes to pursue a career in computers science and software engineering. He loves coming into to Mathnasium interacting with students and being able to guide students on their journeys to become math whizzes.
Favorite Number: 0, because it's what the base 10 system is based on.
Favorite Math Joke: Why is it so hard to talk to pi? He keeps going on forever!
Interesting Fact: English is actually my second language, I learned it soon after I began to speak Telagu.
Caleb Laird, Instructor
Caleb is a senior at Boyd Buchanan. He is a head member of Boyd's robotics team and works with all of the electrial components of the robot. One of his passions is cars and he loves not only driving, but working on them as well. He plans to go into business and entrepreneurship in college and own his own companies one day.
Favorite Number: 44, because Lewis Hamilton, his favorite driver, drives car 44 while racing for the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 team.
Favorite Math Joke: The Roman's never found Algebra to be very challenging because X was always 10.
Interesting Fact: Caleb was the lead trumpet in his school band for 3 years.
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