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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 before coming to work at Mathnasium. I started at Mathnasium in September of 2014 and have loved it every step of the way. In addition to being the Center Director, I am also our School Outreach Leader. I am responsible for keeping up with our students' grades and keeping contact with the teachers to give us the best chance to maximize our students' potential. 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

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 have always loved math and have competed and placed in several high school math competitions. I plan to attend med school in the near future, but I'll always have teaching in mind for a full-time career.

 

Myra Rana

Hi! I'm Myra, and I am a current freshman at UAB. I was on math team for many years and am currently taking Calculus BC and AP Statistics. I am also involved in leadership activities, such as student council, junior council, and an ambassador for my school. My interests outside of math include running and theater.

 

 Josh Coward

 My name is Josh Coward. I'm currently a senior at Oak Mountain High School. I've always loved math and have been involved in math team since the 6th grade. I enjoy challenging myself and am currently taking AP Calculus BC, and plan on majoring in Software Engineering at Auburn next fall.

 

 

Ibshar Marnia

 My name is Ibshar and I am a senior at Spain Park High School. I've always enjoyed challenging myself in school, and fortunately, math has evolved into a passion. I've been a part of math team for several years and I am currently taking AP Calculus BC. Some of my hobbies include playing soccer, hiking, and reading. Through Mathnasium, I hope to promote critical thinking in a fun, engaging way!

 

Anna Khan

My name is Anna Khan, and I’m currently pursuing a degree in Neuroscience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the University Honors Program. I’ve always loved math and my math classes in high school. Teaching children math and showing them the ways it can be fun is very rewarding, and I very much enjoy being a part of the Mathnasium team.

 

Akshitha Korrapti

Hello! My name is Akshitha Korrapati and I am a senior at Oak Mountain High School. Math has always been one of my passions and I have taken advanced courses all the way up to AP Calculus BC. In addition, I have also been a part of math team for several years and I enjoy participating in competitions. In school, I am also a part of Key Club, Science Olympiad, and I'm a school ambassador. I plan to attend UAB to major in Biomedical Sciences and then possibly go to med school. I love working with kids and helping them understand math and I'm really happy to be a part of the Mathnasium team!