Mathnasium 410 Inverness Cors, Birmingham AL 35242 (205) 437-3322

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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 Director/OwnerGayle Davison, Owner

Gayle graduated from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, with a Master's degree in Math Education where she also satisfied the requirements necessary to teach college level mathematics.  In addition, she received the degree, "Administration in Education"  from Samford University, Birmingham, AL. Gayle taught middle school, high school and college mathematics for 31 years. She was recognized as a “Highly Qualified Math Teacher” in Shelby County where she taught for her last 11 years. In the summer of 2012 Gayle retired from the Shelby County school system.  Following a wonderful year of retirement, she heard a radio ad for Mathnasium, and was immediately intrigued. Her first reaction was “this ad was written for me!” Gayle not only loves helping students with math, but she also understands the frustration many parents feel when they realize their children are struggling with math. Having taught in public schools as well as doing private tutoring, she knows how well students respond when they understand math. They discover a newly found confidence that drives an even greater interest in math, and before long, they actually look forward to math class! “This business is a 'no brainer' for me. Everybody wins with Mathnasium; parents, students, teachers, schools, and me! What a joy to bring such a winning organization to our community!”



Jake Johnson, Center Director 

 My name is Jake Johnson. I graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics in 2012. I then went on to work as the Athletic Director of the Auburn Boys & Girls Club for nearly two years as the Athletic Director. Although I really enjoyed that job, I knew I wanted to get more involved in the education aspect of helping kids, especially in math. I started at Mathnasium in September of 2014 and have loved it every step of the way. While at Mathnaisum, I also obtained my Master's Degree in Secondary Education to help me better educate our students. In my spare time I enjoy hobbies such as playing basketball and swimming. I have always enjoyed math and love when I get the opportunity to help kids of all ages enjoy it as well.  


Alex Reese, Education Director

My name is Alex Reese. I graduated from UAB in 2015 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and minored in Chemistry and Health Education. I then worked with an organization at UAB for 2 years while also working at Mathnasium as the Lead Instructor. Since then, I have loved every minute of spending time with our students! Outside of Mathnasium, I enjoy painting, writing, and working on film projects. Despite my pre-med background, math has always been one of my favorite subjects to teach and I now have the priviledge of making it enjoyable to a wide array of students as the Education Director and School Outreach Leader


Ibshar Marnia

 My name is Ibshar and I am a freshman at UAB. I've always enjoyed challenging myself in school, and fortunately, math has evolved into a passion. At UAB, I plan to major in Chemistry while also furthering my knowledge in Mathmatics. Some of my hobbies include playing soccer, hiking, and reading. Through Mathnasium, I hope to promote critical thinking in a fun, engaging way!


Neil Furman

My name is Neil Furman and I am a senior at Oak Mountain High School. Math has been my passion and my strong suit for as long as I can remember. My main extracurriculars are math team, scholars bowl, and band, all of which I've been a part of for years. When I graduate, I plan to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering. I enjoy teaching at Mathnasium because of how rewarding it is to see a student finally understand a tough concept, and I'm glad to be making a difference with my teaching.

Andrea Shipley

My name is Andrea Shipley, and I have a Bachelor's Degree in math education from UNA. I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in forensic science from UAB. Math and science have always been my favorite subjects and I look forward to combining them. I also enjoy participating in choir and hanging out with my cat. I enjoy teaching at Mathnasium because I love to share my enjoyment of math and see that enjoyment grow in the students!

Hamid Choucha

My name is Hamid Choucha and I go to UAB for computer science. When I was younger I was a student at Mathnasium and loved coming to the center. Now I have become an instructor and my experiences have really allowed me to connect better with the students. I love teaching math and helping people understand problems. Math may not always be fun for everyone. but at Mathnasium I am able to change the perspective for tons of students!

Odion Ovbiagele

Hi! My name is Odion, and I am a junior at UAB studying public health, spanish, and human rights. I plan on pursuing a Master's degree in public health after graduating and eventually working in the realm of healthcare policy. As a former Mathnasium student, I enjoy helping students to improve their mathematical skills in the same way that Mathnasium helped me!

Tristan Brown

My name is Tristan and I am a second year Master's student at the University of Alabama, studying political science. I recieved my Bachelor's degree in political science from Auburn University. I am an avid sports fan and like to analyze sports statistics. I enjoy working at Mathnasium because helping others understand the various topics in mathematics is very rewarding to me.

Ashlynn Berry

My name is Ashlynn Berry and I am a senior Chemistry major at UAB. Math has been a significant part of my life for many years. My hobbies include reading, writing, and ballroom dance. My future goal is to become a research scientist for environmentally sustainable materials. I enjoy working at Mathnasium because it allows me to spread my love of math.

Ryan Carman

My name is Ryan Carman and I am a senior in high school at Evangel Christian School. I have always had an interest in anything in STEM and plan to go into electrical engineering. Outside of work, I am involved with robotics competitions, scouting, and a ministry called designs for hope. I find Mathnasium to be a deeply satisfying job because it allows me to directly make a difference in a students life through math.

Nakesha Scott

My name is Nakesha Scott and I have been a mathematics educator for 6 years. I have a passion for teaching and wholeheartedly believe that every child can excel in math because math is fun! I am excited to have this opportunity to learn and teach math the Mathnasium Way!

Zach Fricks

My name is Zach Fricks and I am a freshman at Jefferson State Community College. I have always loved math and was on the math team at Oak Mountain throughout middle and high school. I also love playing basketball and frisbee in my free time. I plan on pursuing a degree and job in architecture after college. I enjoy working at Mathnasium because I love working with the kids and explaining math in a fun way!