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:
Heather Henke, Owner
Heather is excited to bring her passion for education to Green Hills and now Hendersonville too! The prospect of sharing the Mathnasium method with the community is very exciting. “I left the classroom in 2009, but I never lost the desire to enrich children’s lives with the love of learning. When I saw an ad for Mathnasium on the internet, it seemed like an answer to a prayer. Upon learning more about the program, I fell in love with the method and knew we needed to share it with others. There could be no better legacy than to have a part in improving the math skills and confidence of our children and instilling an excitement for learning!” Heather holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from MTSU (1996) and a Master of Education- School Counseling, also from MTSU (2003). Heather and her husband, Chad, are empty-nesters with 2 grown children. Heather likes to read, play with grandchildren, and take walks with her service dog, Bear. Please visit them soon at Mathnasium of Green Hills.
Chad Henke, Owner
Chad earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Tennessee Technological University in 1993. Chad has worked creating software solutions that range from a full retail POS, to a database synchronization solution, to an enterprise solution for the financial industry. He was the Chief Technology Officer and lead software architect of a team consisting of over 100 developers.
Chad’s passion for math began in High School, where one teacher made a huge impact as a mentor, teaching Boolean Algebra. The following year, she designed and created a computer enrichment class for Chad. “My experience in High School forever changed my outlook in life. First, learning that the basic laws of math still held true even in base 2 (vs. base 10) math helped me ‘see’ math for the first time. That vision is what Larry Martinek (the creator of the Mathnasium curriculum) talks about, and what I hope to pass on to the students at our Mathnasium. Second, I learned that one single mentor in your life can have a profound influence. While I have gotten great enjoyment designing software solutions during my career, one of my favorite aspects of my job has always been to mentor others.”
Chad has had many opportunities to mentor others, from his work for the University teaching students how to file a resume electronically in the early 90’s, to mentoring and holding training sessions with other developers, to coaching a middle school robotics team.
One of Chad's hobbies is the new frontier of 3D printing. He is excited about the future of this technology, and hopes to share it with his Mathnasium students.
Lia White, Center Director
Lia graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Following graduation, Lia worked as a teacher in Title 1 schools in Broward and Volusia counties in Florida for 5 ½ years. She has successfully taught children in grades 1, 2, 4, and 5. While on a break from teaching, Lia discovered her next career in Mathnasium. Working as an Assistant Center Director at center located in Fort Myers, Florida, she found a way to continue her passion teaching children outside of the classroom setting. The center was wildly successful, enrollment getting as high as 140 students just before Lia moved on from the company.
Since relocating to Tennessee in August 2021, Lia has been running the Hendersonville Mathnasium. She has begun to put roots down in the area, purchasing a home and even starting a family with her husband of 3 years. Lia looks forward to continue her passion of teaching children and hopes to make many Tennessee children smarter and more confident in math than ever before.
Mitchell Moody, Instructor
Mitchell Moody is a Mathematics Education Major at Welch College. He grew up in North Carolina and has worked as a math tutor since high school. Conveniently, math happens to be his favorite subject and has been since he was a young child in elementary school. From after school engineering clubs and math homework, anything with math has always felt exciting and challenging to him. Besides math, he also enjoys music and teaching as a private instructor. In his spare time, he plays the piano, viola, and mandolin. While in North Carolina, he enjoyed participating in the NC Symphony each year and learning in the symphony. He is also a cross country runner at Welch and enjoys running in races with his school, team, and in local community events.
Gracie Andrews, Instructor
Gracie has grown up in Hendersonville and is currently a junior at Beech High School. Gracie’s favorite subject has always been math.Gracie has always enjoyed math, because she loves to problem solve and loves how there are always different ways to get to the answer. ¨More than math, I love to help other people understand and love math as much as I do.¨For fun, Gracie enjoys photography and going to sports games. Gracie especially enjoys sports where she gets to cheer on her siblings and watch them do what they love. Gracie is also a part of BETA andDECA at Beech High School
Kadence Riggs, Instructor
Kadence is the lead instructor at the Hendersonville Mathnasium. Outside of work, she is a rising junior at MTSU in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, majoring in Social Psychology with a minor in Neurobiology. Afterward she hopes to attend medical school with dreams of becoming a surgeon. She grew up in Smyrna, Tennessee initially, but eventually moved to Hendersonville attending the Beech schools and the Sumner County Middle College High School at Volunteer State Community College. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting and running in local races around Nashville.
She has always enjoyed math throughout school, especially enjoying pre-algebraic skills and algebraic concepts. She consistently views math problems like puzzles to solve instead of a barrier in the way of learning. She also loves working with education and learning, especially with children who have not yet grasped the easier and more efficient ways to find answers.
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