Mathnasium 1299 Highland Ave, Needham MA 02492 (781) 444-4495

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Our Team

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/General ManagerHannah Carlson, Education Director

Hannah received her B.A. in Mathematics and B.M. in Vocal Performance from Simpson College in 2017 and went on to receive her M.M. in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory in 2019. A graduate of the International Baccalaureate Program, Hannah is a strong believer in a well-rounded education and a teaching approach that seeks to form connections across different areas of study. After joining the Mathnasium team in January of 2020, Hannah developed an interest in the competancy-based learning approach that Mathnasium implements and has been working to research the benefits of individualized instructional plans as compared to the traditional classroom model. In her free time, she is still an active opera singer and performer in the Boston area. 


Owner/General ManagerMyrtha Chang, Owner/General Manager

Myrtha received her math education in Singapore. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science degree in Information technology from M.I.T., Cambridge, MA. After a rewarding career in information systems, Myrtha is excited to open the first Mathnasium Center in the Boston area. As a Newton parent, she understands first-hand the high value families in the community put on education, especially in the area of Math, which will drive the majority of our children's careers. Having been schooled under the Singapore Math curriculum—with its strong emphasis on basic core skills—and now having children in the Newton public school system, Myrtha is familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the traditional core skills approach vs. modern explorative approach.

Chief Instructional OfficerLarry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer  (Headquarters)

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 curricula, 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 student's ability to "do" math, thereby increasing student's math scores and feeling of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium's educational program - one of the most comprehensive and innovative curricula ever produced for teaching math.