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:
Derek Wong, Center Manager
Derek grew up Newton Center and graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in History. After spending years singing and touring with his a cappella group and studying the civil rights movement, Derek decided to give back to his Boston community and join City Year. At the Timilty Middle School, Derek was challenged with working with eighth-grade students and understanding them as whole students in order to propel them into high school. He worked to teach them a conceptual understanding of math and show that hard work and effort is just as important as getting the correct answer. In his free time, Derek enjoys cooking and baking.
Anthony Piraino, Education Director
Anthony holds a Bachelors in Mathematics from Boston College. He honed his skills as a private tutor before he joined Mathnasium. Math has always been a favorite discipline for Anthony, though he believes in a holistic approach to education in general. A passionate educator, he strives to create an environment in which students feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns. He believes that dialogue and curiosity are the most important factors in learning.
Dylan Cook, Center Director
Dylan has a BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Boston University. Before joining Mathnasium, he spent time as a cello instructor for young students. Dylan's favorite part of teaching math is the challenge of explaining a concept in a way that makes sense, and the reward of then seeing students learn and improve. He is always excited to see students make progress and display more confidence in their skills.
Myrtha Chang, Owner/General Manager
Myrtha has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's degree in Information technology from M.I.T. After a rewarding career in consulting for Oracle Corporation, Myrtha launched the first Mathnasium Center in Massachusetts. 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. Myrtha grew up in Singapore and went through the Singapore Math curriculum. Before Mathnasium, Myrtha would resort to draconian methods such as making her daughter memorize the times tables along with a metronome before letting her eat. That was then. Today, one of the biggest difference about Mathnasium that Myrtha is proudest of is that kids like coming here. Because at Mathnasium, math makes sense, and the learning center environment is casual and fun.
Larry 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.
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