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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:

Our staff members are highly qualified and rigorously trained individuals who must first pass a comprehensive set of assessments covering all aspects of mathematics before even being considered for the Instructor position.  Background checks are an essential part of the hiring process as is a "trial run" interaction with the students. Our instructors are required to undergo continuous training. Drop by to meet the instructors and owners anytime!

 

 

 

Royal Hart, Center Director

 

  Royal grew up in Lowell, Arkansas, in a family of teachers – her mom   teaches chemistry, her dad teaches mathematics, and her middle sister is   studying to become a special education teacher. After graduating from   Roger’s High School, Royal pursued her life-long love of education at the   University of Arkansas. There, she served as an ambassador for the U of   A’s ground-breaking program “UATeach”, where she developed state of   the art instruction techniques and had hands on experience teaching at   local elementary schools. She also worked as an instructor at the U of A’s   summer engineering programs, which empower local children to pursue   careers in STEM fields. Now a graduate with a degree in Industrial   Engineering and a minor in Accounting, Royal pours her combined   passions for engineering, mathematics, and teaching into her work as the   Center Director for the Fayetteville Mathnasium.

Favorite Number: 2

Favorite Math Joke: Q:  Why does the math teacher love the forest?

A: Because of all the natural logs!

Fun Fact:  ​I am really good at sewing.  I help make my friends' Halloween costumes each year and even clothing for myself.

 

I love Mathnasium because..... it has a unique and effective way of teaching kids math

 


 Katie Bartelt, Owner

 

Katie holds a BA and a Masters from the University of Arkansas.  After getting her masters, Katie pursued a career in teaching and was a math teacher at Bentonville High School for five years and taught Algebra II and IB Math Studies.  Katie has always loved math and has a passion to make math understandable to those around her.  She has always loved tutoring students inside and outside of school and helping them to understand and love math.  Katie and her husband Nick have three young sons.  Katie loves spending extra time reading, playing sports, and any activities with her husband and three sons.

Favorite Number:  11, because I have always liked odd numbers.

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Favorite Math Joke: 

 I love Mathnasium because..... the curriculum builds a true understanding of math and numbers and helps students be successful and have fun with math.

Fun Fact: Katie loves watching and playing sports and is a big Razorback fan!  Go Hogs!

 


 

 

MartinekLarry Martinek, Creator of the Mathnasium Method

Larry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer, Developer of Mathnasium Program. 

Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From inner city to public schools, to acclaimed magnet schools, to leading private and parochial schools, Larry has served as both a classroom teacher and as an educational consultant. He has designed curriculum, teaching strategies, and teaching materials designed to help students and teachers learn math more effectively. He has trained teachers in the art and science of boosting students' ability to “do” math, thereby increasing students' math scores and feeling of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium’s educational program – one of the most comprehensive and innovative curriculas ever produced for teaching math.

While Larry is not an Instructor at our Center, he is a valuable asset we can call on to ask about specific students' scenarios for guidance and advice. This has helped to make visits more productive and enjoyable for many of our students. 

 

 

Christy North, Assistant Center Director

Christy is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.  She has spent the last 15 years homeschooling her two sons and the last 5 years teaching science labs to elementary through high school students.  When she can find the time, Christy loves to curl up with a a good mystery.  

Favorite Number: 9, because of all the patterns

Favorite Math Joke: Q: How many guacs are there in a bowl of guacamole?

A: Avocado's number

Fun Fact: Christy enjoys gardening and hanging out with her chickens.

I love Mathnasium because..... it helps to take the mystery out of math, and loves the cake method!

 


Aaron Smiley, Instructor

 Aaron is a physics and mathematics student at the University of Arkansas.  He has   always deeply enjoyed doing math and finds it very fascinating.  He enjoys helping   students see and appreciate math the same way he does.  In his free time, he enjoys r   reading and spending time with friends and family.  

Favorite Number: -1

I love Mathnasium because..... I get the opportunity to show kids how useful and effective math can be.

Fun Fact: I can play the saxophone


 

 

Kyle Murray, Instructor

 

 I am working towards a B.S. in Physics from the University of Arkansas and hope to   work on spacecraft and rockets one day. I was lucky to have some of the best math   instructors one hope for and have always wanted to give back and share that   experience with others. My girlfriend is a Veterinarian and together we have 5 animals   - 3 dogs and 2 cats. We love the outdoors, whether it is hiking or kayaking. One day   we want to even try to climb a mountain like Denali.  

Favorite Number: 13

Favorite Math Joke: The classic – Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7, 8, 9!

I love Mathnasium because..... the personalized attention to each student and the conversations of self-discovery surrounding math.

Fun Fact: I enjoy rock climbing and would probably spend more days a month camping than in a house if I could!


Trent Willson, Instructor

Trent is a senior at the University of Arkansas. He is a moth major who plans on either getting his masters degree from the U of A and teaching high school math or going to grad school for his PHD in mathematics. Since middle school Trent has enjoyed learning and teaching mathematics. Although he doesn’t have any pets; Trent loves all kinds of animals. Trent spends his free time reading, playing video games and hanging out with his friends.

Favorite Number: 19

Favorite Math Joke: Why are obtuse angles so depressed? Because they’ve never been right

I love Mathnasium because..... as an instructor I get to see the students become more confident in themselves and help break down any of their misconceptions about math

Fun Fact: I have lived in 8 different states!