Mathnasium 13050 Louetta Rd., #204, Cypress TX 77429 (281) 655-0330   lakewood@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 DirectorCatherine Labuda, Owner / Chief Education Officer

Cathy has a Doctorate in Mathematics Education from the University of Houston as well as a B.A in Mathematics and a Masters in Mathematics Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her area of specialization is teaching mathematical problem solving and critical thinking. She has been involved in education for over thirty years, with classroom experience ranging from junior high school through college, and has tutored mathematics privately for the past 11 years. She holds teaching certificates in New York State and Texas. She has taught in New York State, Texas, Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Paris, France. Her father was a distinguished professor of psychology, specializing in the psychology of learning, and she has been strongly influenced by that in her philosophy of education. Cathy is an advisory board member of the Harmony Schools of Houston. Cathy enjoys music and plays both the piano and violin. She and her husband, John, have two grown children who live in Austin, TX.


Owner / Center DirectorJohn Labuda, Owner / Chief Financial Officer

John graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Mathematics and a Master's in Mathematics Education. After two years of teaching mathematics, John decided to apply his math skills to business and obtained an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo's Graduate School of Business. John found the problem solving and analytical skills he developed through his math education to be the foundation for his success. He worked as a CPA with public accounting firm Price Waterhouse and has worked in senior financial positions in pharmaceutical, oil field service and chemical industries. John is actively involved in the community by serving as Chairman of the Education and Workforce committee at the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Desiré Pierce, Mathnasium Master Certified Center Director

Desiré graduated from Sam Houston with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and a minor in English. She married a U.S. Navy Sailor in 2009 and was based in Ventura, CA. As a military wife, Desiré started working as an instructor at Mathnasium of Thousand Oaks where she worked until her husband was deployed over seas in 2011. She fell in love with the Mathnasium Program and working with students of all age levels. It has been very rewarding to see students grow in confidence in mathematics and come to love it as much as she does. When Desiré returned to Texas in 2011 she started working for Dr. Catherine and John Labuda at Mathnasium of Cy-Fair. Shortly thereafter she was made a Lead Instructor. She helped open the Lakewood Center in August of 2013 and was promoted to Center Director in March 2014. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter, singing at church, and outdoor activities. She has very much enjoyed working for the Labudas and hopes one day to acquire a Mathnasium center of her own.