Mathnasium 11 Great Neck Rd, Great Neck NY 11021 (516) 482-6284   greatneck@mathnasium.com

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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:

Owner/Center Director John Lee, Owner/Center Director

John Lee is a CPA with over 25 years of experience, 10 with a Big 4 international accounting firm and 15 with the world's premier financial guaranty insurance company. His roles for these companies include being a senior manager and a director. John realizes how a strong understanding of math can lead to success not only in business, but also in other areas like carpentry, engineering, and science. John has an M.B.A. in Accounting from New York University and a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College.

After spending over 25 years as a CPA, John is now pursuing his passion as an educator. An important skill that has enabled John to progress in his previous career is the ability to explain difficult tax and accounting concepts and strategies in simple, understandable terms to his staff, senior management or clients who do not have the basic knowledge of these technical issues. He and his team are ready to apply the Mathnasium Method to teach your child math the way that makes sense to them.

John has two children, who excel in math in the Manhasset School System. He realizes how important education is to parents in the Great Neck, Little Neck, Douglaston, and surrounding areas. He understands that the economy is being globalized and competition for better jobs is more dependent on a solid understanding of math and not the memorization of formulas and procedures. John has done this for his own children and he looks forward to do the same for yours.

 


Owner/Center DirectorJulie Lee, Owner/Center Director

Julie Lee is a CPA with 15 years of experience with a Big 4 international accounting firm. Her roles included being a senior audit manager and director of practice administration. Julie graduated magna cum laude from Pace University with a B.B.A. in Accounting.

More recently, Julie has been home for her two children. She enjoys being involved with her community and has volunteered at her children's schools from elementary through high school in different capacities including hospitality chair person for the SCA, class representative for parents, and as an assistant for various classroom projects. Julie is concerned with the deteriorating math test scores of U.S. students relative to the world. She is now looking forward to working with the students to get them engaged and excited about math.


Chief Instructional OfficerLarry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer

An educational professional for over 35 years, 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 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.


Linda Hayduk, Math Tutor

Linda is a recently retired NYS Mathematics teacher who has many years of teachng experience. She has a Masters from Adelphi University and a BBA from Dowling University. Linda is a local to the area and volunteers her time in the NYC Big Brothers-Big Sisters Work Mentoring Program and serves as Treasurer of her Coop Building. One of her greatest assets is the ability to connect with the students and her patience in working with young children.


Pallavi Kalanadhabhatta, Math Tutor

Pallavi graduated from Stony Brook University with a Masters in Mathematics and has a BA in Mathematics with a Minor in Economics from SUNY at Genesco. Pallavi has completed her initial NYS Certification in Adolescent Education and has experience in differentiated instruction, cooperative learning and multicultural awareness. She has gained classroom teaching experience over the course of her undergraduate program and tutored students with disabilities. She's well versed in teaching higher level mathematics and has experience in helping students with SAT preparation.


Stephanie Taylor, Math Tutor

Stephanie graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Childhood Education/Special Education with a concentration in Mathematics. She completed her NYS initial certification in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6. She has worked as a Student Teacher at various public schools throughout New York City. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and seeing how the children can learn and improve their math skills. She played in her High School Varsity Softball Team and won the Coach's Choice Award and MVP award among other honors. Also, she served as a Great Neck P.A.L. softball and baseball Coach/Umpire.


Justin Grgas, Math Tutor

Justin attended University of Maryland majoring in Traditional Mathematics with a concentration in Finance. He's an avid chess player and has participated in competitive open amateur tournaments against other colleges and counties. He was a volunteer with Glen Oaks Ambulance Corps Youth Squad. Justin is very good with students and is able to connect with them in a way that makes math fun.


Phillip Nandin, Math Tutor

Phillip graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics from Queens College. He believes that his love for math and love for teaching, combined with his enthusiasm, is the key to being an effective math tutor. Phillip tutors math to students at all levels.