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:
Catherine Labuda, Owner / Chief Educational Officer
Cathy has a Doctorate in Mathematics Education from the University of Houston as well as a B. A. in Mathematics and a Masters in Mathematics Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her area of specialization is teaching mathematical problem solving and critical thinking. She has been involved in education for over thirty years, with classroom experience ranging from junior high school through college, and tutored mathematics privately for11 years. She holds teaching certificates in New York State and Texas. She has taught in New York State, Texas, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Paris, France. Her father was a distinguished professor of psychology, specializing in the psychology of learning, and she has been strongly influenced by that in her philosophy of education. Cathy has volunteered with Cypress Area Ministries for their GED program. Cathy enjoys music and plays both the piano and violin. She and her husband, John, have two grown children who graduated from the University of Texas, and currently reside in Austin and Chicago.
John Labuda, Owner / Chief Operational Officer
John graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Mathematics and a Master's in Mathematics Education. After two years of teaching mathematics, John decided to apply his math skills to business and obtained an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo's Graduate School of Business. John found the problem-solving and analytical skills he developed through his math education to be the foundation for his success. He worked as a CPA with public accounting firm Price Waterhouse and has worked in senior financial positions in the pharmaceutical, oil field service, and chemical industries. John is actively involved in the community by serving as Trustee for the CyFair Education Foundation and has served as Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee at the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce.
Jason Byun, Senior Instructor
Jason is a Mathematics student at the University of Houston Downtown. His goal is to be a high-school teacher. When he has time, Jason enjoys reading and writing, as well as watching sports.
Favorite Number: 17. It’s the first prime number we tend to skip. 2, 3, 5, 7, and 11 are all studied in multiplication, and 13 has a reputation as an “unlucky” number. We can’t forget about the other numbers beyond!
Favorite Math Joke: Did you hear the one about the statistician? Probably.
In five years, I will be teaching math at a high school.
I love Mathnasium because Teaching is so rewarding. Seeing a student have a breakthrough and nail a topic that was previously confusing is really special.
Tom Stiff, Lead Instructor
Tom Stiff is a computer programmer with over 35 years of experience. He has a degree in Chemistry from Miami University. He’s a natural-born Hoosier, an erstwhile Clevelander, and a nearly native Houstonian. His son Daniel will attend Stephen F. Austin University in the Fall and his Daughter Caroline is a senior at Cy-Woods High School. In his free time, he enjoys creating websites.
Favorite Number: 15. My birthday falls on the 15th.
Favorite Math Joke: What’s the integral of one over cabin? Natural log cabin!
An interesting fact about me: I was born in Indianapolis.
I love Mathnasium because It’s great fun to watch children’s mathematical abilities grow.
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