Mathnasium 560 Stokes Road, #24, Medford NJ 08055 (609) 257-4748

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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:

Nick Buono, Owner

Nick and his wife are the proud owners of Mathnasium of Medford.  Nick has a B.S. in Graphic Design & Business from Lynn University.  Nick worked for a large corporation in accounting and human resources for over twelve years.  He has also been a restaurant owner for the past three years having experience showing deep interest in the field starting at a young age; with a passion in hospitality he now looks to broaden his horizons in the field of education fulfilling a lifetime goal of owning a franchise while contributing to the success of our great nations education system along the way.  He has always been eager to help children grow educationally, emotionally, and physically to become the best person they can be.  A true fan of sports and love for the great outdoors has always been his greatest interests along with travel. His greatest achievement is having a loving and supportive wife and three children!   

Barbara Buono, Center Director

Barbara is our Center Director and Co-Owner of Mathnasium of Medford.  Barbara holds both a M.A. and B.A. in Mathematics from Rowan University along with an A.A. in Secondary/Elementary Education.  Barbara has experience teaching mathematics at the College and Middle School levels.  She was also involved in personal tutoring as well as ACT and SAT prep instruction.  Barbara has had a love of math since high school and thoroughly enjoys instructing others in a way that makes math make sense to them!  Barbara brings math home to her children everyday and hopes to bring the joy of math into your homes. 

 Larry Martinek, 

Chief Instructional Officer, Developer of Mathnasium Program. 

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 students' ability to “do” math, thereby increasing students' math scores and feeling of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium’s educational program – one of the most comprehensive and innovative curriculas ever produced for teaching math.

While Larry is not an Instructor at our Center, He is a valuable asset we can call on to ask about specific students' scenarios for guidance and advice. This has helped to make visits more productive and enjoyable for many of our students

David Geary, Lead Instructor

Dave has a BA in Math and Biology along with a MA in Computer and Information Sciences. He has spent his career as an IT professional, serving as a web and system developer, a manager and a consultant. In the past, he has taught at the tech school and college levels. He enjoys sailing, skiing, biking and golf. He lives in the Medford area with his wife and son.



Laurel Deming, Instructor

Laurel is a student at The College of New Jersey majoring in Mathematics Secondary Education. She wishes to become a high school teacher to help students recognize their unique gifts and take steps in pursuing their dreams. She believes it is important for children to be guided mentally, as well as socially, physically and emotionally, in order to find balance and thrive in life. While living at TCNJ, she tutors students at the Mathnasium of Princeton, and occasionally in Pennington. In addition to all of her professional attributes, she loves reading books, listening to music and playing volleyball, as well as interior design, animals, and the beach. Laurel is a great resource for learning, growing, and ultimately succeeding in your educational endeavors!

  Lauren Annicchiarico, Instructor 

Lauren has a B.S. in elementary education and an M.S. in middle level education.  She is certified to teach math K-12.  She is currently a middle school math teacher in Tabernacle.  In addition she has taught at Berlin Community School and for the Lenape Regional HS District.  Lauren has written curriculum for the National Center for Teaching and Learning.  She is married and has 3 children.  Lauren loves math and always likes to see when a child gets the “a-ha I get it” look on their face.

Emily Acito, Instructor

Emily graduated from Boston College in May of 2019 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Math/Computer Science, along with a minor in Middle School Math. She believes in the importance of incorporating social-emotional learning into academics to ensure students feel safe, respected, and cared for. Throughout high school and college, Emily has worked with elementary, middle, and high school students in a variety of subjects, particularly math. Tutoring, along with her previous work as a swim coach, has showed Emily how much she enjoys working with students across a variety of grade levels. When not at Mathnasium, Emily can be found swimming laps in the pool or reading by the beach.

Lisa Hall, Instructor

Lisa has a B.S. in Business from West Chester University and a Master in Education from Arcadia University.  Currently, Lisa is a high school Math teacher at Collingswood High School and the Boys/Girls Cross Country coach for the past 11 years.  She is an avid cyclist, riding in many charity rides such as the MS 150, Cancer RIde, Diabetes Ride and the ALS Ride. She also rode across Iowa in the Ragbrai.

Christopher "CJ" Patras, Instructor 

CJ is a graduate from Rowan University, with a Bachelor's of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering. Despite this degree he holds, he really is passionate about teaching, and decided to go the route of becoming a full time teacher instead of an engineer. He has received his CE for Mathematics, and teaches as a Long Term Substitute at Lenape High School. CJ is also working towards his certification for Physics, and hopes to be teaching Physics/Mathematics full time next year. When not sharing his passion for math and science with students, CJ loves to play magic the gathering and board games with his friends, build computers, and play what ever video game is currently his obsession!  

Angelo Kurukulasuriya, Retired Instructor

Angelo graduated from Midwestern State University in Texas in 2015 with a BSc in Mathematics and a Minor in Business Administration. He is greatly missed by staff and students. He is now working in Virginia Beach fulfilling his life's passion entering the Actuarial field. We congratulate Angelo and Steph wishing them nothing but the best!


Steve Jobs on Education:

"It is so much more hopeful to think that technology can solve the problems that are really more human, more organizational, and more political in nature (like education) but it can't."

"I absolutely don't believe that technology is the most important thing.... The most important thing (in education) is another person. Another person that guides your curiosity, that insights your curiosity, that feeds your curiosity. Machines cannot do that in the same way that people can. Computers are reactive...Kids need a guide, they don't need an assistant."