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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:

Center DirectorMonica Virgil, Center Director

Monica Virgil, an Atlanta native, was on track to becoming a college math professor until just a few years ago when she decided that after 12 years of perfecting her skills as a public school math and science teacher, she wanted to use her teaching expertise in the private sector. Armed with a bold vision and a tremendous passion for math education, she followed her dream to combine education and leadership. As a result, in September 2012 she opened Montgomery’s first Mathnasium, a nationwide franchise of learning centers that helps students better understand math through personalized learning programs.

Her philosophy is simple, "true learning happens when students can confidently make the connections between math and the real world around them." And her ultimate goal is to not only make a positive impact on the students she comes in contact with, but she aims to change the world by helping students succeed at becoming the world's finest mathematicians.  Monica prides herself on engaging her students by making learning fun with songs, projects, and hands-on learning activities. Her students say she is “crazy about math!” But she just believes in celebrating academic achievement and excellence as much as one celebrates sports.

Monica holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree in middle grades science and mathematics from Breneau University and a Masters of Arts in secondary Mathematics Education from Western Governors University. Monica makes frequent appearances on WSFA's Alabama Live Countdown to College segment and is an Expert contributor to Potential magazine’s "Ask the Expert" column. Lastly, one of the highlights of her career was being selected as a speaker at Western Governors University’s 2013 winter commencement ceremony.

 

 


 

  Alyssa Thom, Lead Instructor

Alyssa Thom graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering for University of Oklahoma. Alyssa first realized that she enjoyed teaching math when helping her peers with high level math courses while working on her undergrad degree. She relishes the opportunity to spreading her enthusiasm for the subject of Mathematics at Mathnasium is in East Montgomery. She also loves the chance to see students who once disliked the subject, learn to enjoy it.

 

 

InstructorGretchen Perry, Lead Instructor

A graduate of Univeristy of South Alabama, with a Bachelor's in Biology and a Masters in Forensic Science and Teaching with technology. Gretchen brings 16 years of experience managing and working in tutoring centers  and enjoys learning new teaching strategies to help students succeed in their educational goals. In high school, math was her favorite subject because it richly challenged her. She loves working with students at Mathnasium and building their confidence.

 

InstructorRachel Luker, Instructor

Rachel is a Montgomery native and a graduate Alabama Christian Academy. She has loved math since was a child being the daughter of a math professor. As a graduate student at AUM majoring in Education and currently working on her Masters in pychology. Rachel enjoys the structured environment at Mathnasium and helping kids reach their goals.


  Lexi Menefee, Instructor

 Lexi is a senior at Lamp and a former Mathnasium Student. She is also a member of the illustrious Math Organization of Mu Alpha Theta. Once she got ahead in the program, she wanted to continue to be apart of the Mathnasium family by helping student develop a strong foundation. She loves the opportunity to pay it forward and and looks forward to seeing kids bright smiles when they finally "Get Math". 


Hidayah Abdelaziz,  Lead Instructor

Hidiyah is Summa Cum Laude graduate  of AUM with a Bachelor's in  Biology. She brings her enthusiasm for children and math to make every student's learning experience at Mathnasium the best it could be.   What Hidayah enjoys most is showing students of all ages that math can be fun and easy. 

 


 Opal Khotsombath , Instructor

 

 Aniyah Fleets-Giles, Instructor

 

 Minjung Cho,  Instructor

 

 

 Sidney Stanfield, Instructor

 

 

   Raeff Thrash, Instructor