Mathnasium 117 Timber Drive, Garner NC 27529 (919) 977-1803

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Covid-19 Update - Our center floor is open for instruction at limited capacity. Students have the option to learn in the center or online with Mathnasium@home.

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:

Sarah Rizvi, Co-director

Sarah is a Public Administration degree major with a specialization in human resources and marketing. She has worked with various companies, including staffing, recruiting and consulting businesses. She also co-owned a recruitment and consulting business previous to joining the Mathnasium of Garner team. She worked in many professional organizations in different capacities including sales, recruitment, and teaching. She started teaching when she graduated from high school in 2001. For her, teaching has always been very rewarding. She is a mother of elementary and middle schoolers. As a result, she knows the importance of math and science with regard to the future success of a student. She has also always loved volunteering at her children's school. She also loves spending time with family and traveling worldwide. She looks forward to working in a role that is vital to the future community through being a part of so many young lives and making a difference in their STEM success.




MartinekMaria Butt, Co-director

Maria earned her MBA degree in Banking and Finance. She loves working closely with the community, helping kids, and playing with numbers. She is lucky enough to be able to dedicate much of her time to volunteering for the community. She has served as a domestic violence counselor and helped curate a learning and empowerment program for women at Narika. She has also managed trips for cleft lip and palate surgeries at Rotaplast. She also loved helping at Agape Village for foster kids. She is blessed to be a mom with an eight-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son and takes pleasure in volunteering for their schools. She loves being around kids and is excited to be a part of the excellent team at Mathnasium of Garner.



Hope Davis, Assistant Center Director


Hope is a North Carolina State University student majoring in Mathematics and Arabic Language graduating in 2020. Her goal is to then get her Masters in Analytics to become an Actuarial Analyst. She spent a semester in high sch

ool as an Elementary School Teaching Assistant and loves working with children. She believes math is a very important part of life that should be appreciated by everyone. In her spare time, she enjoys volleyball, tennis, and anything outdoors.  



Dylan Freedle, Lead Instructor

Dylan graduated with a degree in math from North Carolina State University in 2018.  In high school, he experienced working with children as a Boy Scouts camp counselor.  Dylan believes that being able to think outside the box is a great skill that, when practiced, can help with almost any kind of problem.  As a result, he enjoys puzzles, brainteasers, and games of all kinds.  Dylan enjoys teaching students math the Mathnasium way, in a way that makes sense to them.





Madelyn Hall, Instructor


Madelyn is currently a student at Wake tech studying science. She loves teaching and hopes to one day do it full time. She has been teaching as a volunteer for 5 years now in many different areas and believes the best part about teaching is helping the student reach for success.  While she used to avoid math with a passion, she has come to see not only the practical uses for math but also how math doesn’t have to be a painful experience. She believes that math can be fun and is excited about showing the joy of math to students.





 Eric Anthony, Instructor

Eric studied Music at Wheaton College of Music in Illinois. Though Eric studied music, he has always been passionate about mathematics. He loves finding new ways to think about and describe mathematical principles and is planning on attending graduate school for math. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, hammocking, playing video games and reading high fantasy literature.   









Phyllis Allen, Instructor


Ms. Phyllis retired from teaching Math at Wake Tech Community College in summer 2020. She loves maths and loves to tutor students in math. She has taught math for a total of 17 years in middle school, high school and college. She also has homeschooled two of her sons. In previous years she worked as an engineer for BellSouth. In her spare time Phyllis enjoys folk dancing and walking her dog in the park with her husband. 







MartinekJulia Velasquez, Instructor

Julia graduated with a degree in Material Science Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2019. In college she spent multiple summers working as a camp counselor at the YMCA. She loves working with children to share her love of math! Julia has experience working as an engineer and has learned valuable skills about applying math to everyday life. In her free time she loves to explore with her puppy, Artie.  





MartinekLarry Martinek, Developer of Mathnasium Program

Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math.  From inner city 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 student’s ability to “do” math, thereby increasing student’s math scores and feeling of self-worth.  Larry is the developer of Mathnasium’s educational program – one of the most comprehensive and innovative curriculums 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.


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