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:
Katrina Smith, Center Director
Katrina is the Center Director of Mathnasium of Myers Park and Mathnasium of Quail Hollow. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan Flagler School of Business where she received a BS in Accounting and Marketing. In addition, she has an MBA certification from Georgia Tech's MBA Dupree School of Management. For more than 20 years Katrina progressed at AT&T excelling in multifaceted senior management and leadership roles in Training, Operations and Sales. Katrina also served as Treasurer of the Charlotte District School PTA system representing over 110 schools. She has spent most of her adult life working with and developing youth in primary and secondary schools. From extracurricular activities to tutoring, her love of math and seeing the results of academic advancement in our youth makes Mathnasium a strategic fit. Katrina is the proud mother of a Mathlete, Kendall Prescott.
Katrina's Mission: "Change the lives of our future generation by investing in our children today.”
Christina K, Instructor
Christina started at Mathnasium of Myers Park almost 4 years ago but worked at another North Charlotte location for a few years before. She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. Chris worked as a Materials Engineer in a factory for a few years, but only wanted to work part time and wanted to make a difference in the world, so she decided to tutor kids instead. She has two daughters that are grown and live in different towns, but also has two dogs and a cat that live with her and her husband. They enjoy watching movies when they spend time together. Chris was lead in three musicals when she was in high school- Miss Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and Laurie in Oklahoma.
Favorite Number: 7
"I love Mathnasium because I love math and I want everyone to feel that way!"
David H, Instructor
David started with Mathnasium in the Fall of 2019 after a 50 year career in accounting and auditing with Big 5 accounting firms various companies in Europe, Africa and Charlotte. He loves tennis, sudoku, reading and singing in the church choir.
Favorite Number: 4
Favorite math joke: How do you stay warm in any room?
Just huddle in the corner where it's always 90 degrees.
"I love Mathnasium because we are making a difference in a young person's future."
Gillian M, Instructor
Gillian joined Mathnaisum in 2018 and is a sophomore at UNCW. She is currently working towards degrees in psychology and sociology with a minor in music. She loves yoga, painting, playing piano, and sitting down with a good book. She has been participating in STEM clubs and activities since kindergarten, and she has a passion for educating the subjects she loves.
Favorite Number: 7
"I love Mathnasium becuase it supplies students with the opportunity to learn several methods for every concept. It ensures no student is left behind!"
Sam B, Instructor
Sam has been an instructor at Mathnasium since August 2019. He is a senior at Charlotte Country Day School, where he plays on the Varsity Tennis team. He has always loved math and science and enjoys sharing that with the students he works with. He is also very involved in his local youth group, where he has held several leadership positions. When he is not at school or work, he can be found volunteering for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, playing basketball or tennis with his friends, reading a book, or beating all of his friends in Call of Duty on Xbox.
Favorite Number: 2
Favorite math joke: What is the derivative of Amazon? Amazon prime.
"I love Mathnasium because the Mathnasium Method makes sense, and makes learning and teaching math both fun and rewarding."
Dylan C, Instructor
Dylan is a senior at Myers Park High School, and has been working at Mathnasium since August 2019. He loves to read (science fiction and fantasy mostly), and runs cross country and track for Myers Park. In addition, I compete with the Myers Park Math Team in various math competitions.
Favorite Number: e
"I love Mathnasium because it gives me the opportunity to help kids to develop confidence in their math abilities, and seeing the growth that students experience is fulfilling for me."
Jordy M, Instructor
Jordy is a senior at Charlotte Country Day School. She sometimes babysits and enjoys playing lacrosse, traveling, and spending time with her friends.
Favorite Number: 18
Favorite math joke: What do you call a man who went to the beach? A tan-gent.
"I love Mathnasium because the students come first. The Mathnasium Method allows students to be exposed to many different explanations to Mathematics concepts to ensure that they find one that works for them."
Piper W, Instructor
Piper was a student at Mathnasium during her sophomore year of high school, and then became an instructor during her Senior year because she loved it so much! She plans to attend UNCW this fall. She loves SCUBA diving, horseback riding, and hiking! She worked at an aquarium for two years and is currently a “front line worker” selling masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves from a lifeguard warehouse!
Favorite Number: 9
Favorite math joke: Sometimes people are like numbers: some are irrational.
"I love Mathnasium because I enjoy helping students and because they’ve done so much to help me!”
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 and math tutoring.
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.
We are now offering the option of in-center or online instruction. Sign up required for @Home sessions. Book your first appointment now!