Rich is the co-owner and Center Director at Mathnasium of Sayville. Prior to opening his Mathnasium learning center, Rich worked as a corporate finance consultant for over 18 years, most recently with Deloitte Consulting. Rich's consulting work focused on helping executives and boards make better financial business decisions, reduce costs, increase profits, and create sustainable growth--by leveraging his deep expertise in financial analytics, modeling, and value-based management. He has an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business and a BS in Nuclear Technology from Excelsior College. Rich also served for 6 years in the US navy, as a reactor operator, engineering watch supervisor, and nuclear-trained electronics technician. Given his extensive experience using math in his engineering and finance careers, Rich has unique insights into its practical applications, and he is enthusiastic about helping every child in the Sayville, Oakdale, and nearby communities to truly understand math by teaching it in the way that makes sense to them. Rich was especially inspired by his wife, Christine Carrion-Alfano (co-owner of Mathnasium of Sayville), a special education teacher in the Middle Country Central School district (Chris retired in June 2019 after a 34-year teaching career). Having seen Chris's positive impact on her students (and the joy in their grateful parents' eyes) over the years, Rich decided to leave consulting behind and spend his days helping children conquer their fears and learn to love math!
Owner and Assistant Center Director
Chris is the co-owner and Assistant Center Director at Mathnasium of Sayville. In June 2019, she retired from the Middle Country Central School District after 34 years classroom experience working with students in grades K-7 as a Special Education Teacher. Chris has been recognized by the district, her peers, and her students’ parents for her unique, highly effective teaching style, team leadership skills, and unwavering dedication to working with and helping challenging students. In 2019, she was selected by the NY State Board of Regents as one of two finalists for the Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award, which “recognizes elementary teachers who are gifted in finding and nurturing the strengths of each student and fostering trusting relationships among pupils, parents, teachers, and administrators.” She was selected by her district's special education department leadership team to leverage her knowledge and experience to facilitate monthly meetings as the Parent Trainer and Counselor for parents of special needs students. She self-published Animals Can Demonstrate Values Too—a character education book used by teachers as a springboard for discussion alongside school district character education curriculums. Chris holds a Master of Science in Education from Adelphi University (with 90 educational field credits post-Master degree), and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Dowling College. Chris is excited about expanding her reach by working with her husband, Rich, to help students in the Sayville, Oakdale, and surrounding communities develop their number sense and gain competence and confidence in their math skills. Chris is known for inspiring self-confidence and a can-do attitude in her “Cool Cats,” and brings this same energy to Mathnasium of Sayville, where she works with our youngest students and students with special needs, and coaches and trains our staff!
Alaina is a student at SUNY Binghamton pursuing a degree in Chemistry. In 2020, she graduated from Connetquot High School, where she was a member of the marching band, as well as the track and cross country teams. Alaina was enrolled in BC Calculus during her senior year and completed honors coursework throughout her time in high school. Math has always been her favorite subject and she hopes to help students discover their own love for the subject.
Favorite Math Topic: Sequences and Series
Favorite Number: 26
Favorite Math Joke: What do baby parabolas drink? Quadratic formula.
Fun Fact: I’ve been to 8 places outside of the U.S.
Simon received his B.A. in Philosophy from Cornell University in 2018. He is most interested in topics in Logic, Philosophy of Science and the History of Philosophy and is planning to pursue a PhD in Philosophy. His interest in Mathematics started in high school where he took math courses through AP Calculus AB and continued in college where he took math courses through Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra as well as several courses in Mathematical Logic. He has participated in many competitions including the Putnam Competition and University of Rochester Mathematical Olympiad and has also participated in an undergraduate research project on a topic in Dynamical Systems. Simon thinks math is useful, interesting and sometimes beautiful. He hopes to help others cultivate their mathematical and reasoning abilities and hopes they too might see beauty in the subject.
Favorite Math Topics: Mathematical Logic, Dynamical Billiards
Favorite Mathematician: Tadashi Tokieda
Favorite Number: 213
Favorite Math Related Movie: The Imitation Game
Favorite Shape: Möbius Band
Hobbies: Music, Basketball, Chess, Bowling
Sam is a student at SUNY Binghamton, majoring in Mathematics. She took multiple honors level courses in High School, including AP Calculus BC. She has spent her school years involved in the marching band and the Model UN. She has had a great love for math since childhood and is aiming to become a high school math teacher. Sam wishes to help students see that math can actually be quite fun.
Favorite number: 13
Favorite math topic: Factoring polynomials
Favorite shape: Cylinder
Rachel is a student at Binghamton University studying Biomedical Engineering. In 2019, she graduated from Bayport-Blue Point High School, where she was a member of the band and Science Olympiad club. Rachel studied AP Calculus AB and AP Statistics during her senior year. Math has been her favorite subject in school since childhood. Rachel hopes to make math fun for all students!
Favorite Math Topic: Statistics
Favorite Number: 20
Favorite Math Joke: How does a mathematician plow fields? With a pro-tractor.
Favorite Shape: Circle
Our Mathnasium Mission
Teach children math so they understand it, master it, and love it. Math can change their lives, and they can change the world.
What I love about Mathnasium is the ability to teach problem-solving skills and make math make sense, while also making a student smile.
Are you interested in changing lives through math? We're looking for outstanding individuals with a high level of commitment who are passionate about teaching math. Find out if there's a Mathnasium position that's just right for you!
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