Mathnasium 2606 W Pecan St, #200, Pflugerville TX 78660 (512) 931-9242   pflugerville@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:

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 Sanjay Bhandari, Owner/Operations Manager

 

 

 

 

Sanjay has always had a passion for learning and helping others learn. His goal is to meet his students where they are, build their confidence and skills, and inspire in them a love for math. He believes that having fun is an essential element to building a successful learning environment. Sanjay has seen the power that strong math skills can have in helping kids thrive not only in math but in other subjects in school. Having seen the results of the Mathnasium Method, Sanjay is enthusiastic about helping every child he can to truly understand math by teaching it in a way that makes sense to them. He has taught and tutored children of all ages, and he is committed to bringing the Mathnasium Method to the children in the community.

Sanjay has extensive knowledge of the Mathnasium Methods and Systems and is Master Certified from the Mathnasium University. Sanjay has worked with students from the Austin community for 13 years and has served Mathnasium families for over 10 years.

Sanjay’s life-long love of math dates back to his high school days competing with his math team and his love of sports statistics. In his spare time Sanjay can be found enjoying the outdoors, playing chess, and spending time with his wife Emily, son Osiav (2), and dog Yodha (4). 

 

  Larry Martinek, Creator of the Mathnasium Method

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.


  Kendall Crohn, Center Director

Kendall was born and raised in Austin, and has always enjoyed the process of finding solutions to problems and puzzles. In addition to her lifelong interest in math, she has acquired an extensive amount of experience teaching kids and adults in many different circumstances. Through this, she discovered her undeniable love for teaching, and helping people feel better about their ability to achieve success as students, and also in life.

 

Kendall started as an instructor at Mathnasium of Pflugerville when she was still working towards her B.S. majoring in Psychology and minoring in Mathematics at Texas State University. She then worked her way up to lead instructor where she embraced the opportunity to help students advance their mathematical awareness and skill, as well as the opportunity to work with instructors to ensure they had all of the tools they needed in order to be successful working with students. Kendall has since graduated, and when the opportunity arose to move up to the role of Center Director, Kendall jumped at the chance to become even more involved in this program that was obviously doing so much to help the lives of each student who took part in it. In her free time, she enjoys music, outdoor activities, and spending time with her dogs, friends, and family.


  Santiago Mejía

Santiago Mejía marvels at the beauty of math's relationship with the universe and loves to teach. He is married with two middle-school children in Pflugerville schools. When he is not at Mathnasium, he also works as a data analyst and volunteers in community and faith-based organizations. He has degrees in Library Science and Computer Science.


  Alison Shemkus

 Alison is an instructor at Mathnasium of Pflugerville. She was born and raised in Boston, MA and loves the way that math feels like solving a puzzle and fitting all the pieces together to create a solution to a problem. Alison has earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Boston University and an M.A. in Secondary Math Education from the City College of New York. Prior to moving to Austin, she has taught high school math for 12 years in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and climbing mountains, reading, and knitting.


  Matt Adams

 Matt is an instructor at Mathnasium of Pflugerville. He was born and raised in a small town in New Hampshire before moving to Austin. Matt majored in Secondary Education and Mathematics at Keene State College and was a member of the mathematics honor society. His favorite subject in school has always been math and his love of it stems from his love of riddles and using logic and reason to solve problems. He also enjoys how math can be connected to so many different things in life such as music and nature. When not working, Matt likes to hike, swim, read, and play volleyball. 

 

 


  Bryan Hunt

 Bryan is an instructor at Mathnasium of Pflugerville. He is a native Texan and grew up on a ranch. His degrees are in economics and theology, and his master's thesis was on computational linguistics. He has taught in public schools in Maryland and Texas. Bryan believes that learning is a life-long endeavor, and that once students learn how to learn, there are no limits to what they can learn. Since becoming a teacher, Bryan has continued to study mathematics at the University of Texas—Pan American, and the Université du Maine in France. He enjoys keeping tropical fish, designing railroad layouts, cooking, tai chi, and the art of conversation.