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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:

CenterDirectorLarry 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 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 the curriculum, teaching strategies, and teaching materials 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 curriculum 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.

CenterDirector

 

Surani Peiris, Center Director 

 

 

Surani comes from a strong background in Finance. Prior to opening her Mathnasium center, Surani worked as an Investigation officer in HSBC and Senior Banker in Bank of America. She left her Banking career when her daughter started school and started an adventure in the Education world. She has experience in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. While working in the Public Schools as a substitute, Surani experienced that most of the students do not like math and think math is a hard subject. Then she figured the reason is the missing pieces in the students' Math foundation drive them to the frustration. When Surani introduced to Mathnasium method, she was delighted as this method makes math make sense to students. With Mathnasium's teaching methodology, Surani is very confident that children from any background or level can overcome obstacles to achieve greater success in school and in life. We are proud to bring the Mathnasium Method to your children and are happy to be your neighborhood Math learning center.

 

John Spann, Instructor

John is an MSDE certified science teacher with experience teaching Biology and Chemistry at the high school level. He earned his Master's of Arts in Teaching from Stevenson University, specializing in STEM Biology education, and his Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland. During his time at UMD, he taught Human Anatomy and Physiology and Exercise Physiology as a lab teaching assisstant. He has plans to pursue a Master's of Computer Science degree from UMBC starting in the fall.

 

Favorite Number: 10 because I am a huge soccer fan and the jersey number 10 is traditionally given to the best player on the team. It's an honor to wear #10

Favorite Math Joke: Q: Why didn't the quarter roll down the hill with the nickel? A: Because it had more cents.

Interesting fact: I have 6 siblings.

 

Junkyu Kwon (Jun), Instructor

Junkyu is currently attending UMBC to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering. He likes to help students understand and applying the new mathematics concepts to solve problems. He sometimes trying to expalin problems using step-by-step process to make it easier to the students.

 

Favorite Number: 6, because adding all factors of 6 exclude itself is 6. 1+2+3=6

Favorite Math Joke: Halloween is the same as Christmas, because OCT 31=DEC 25

Interesting fact: I love playing games. Hearthstone is my favorite.

 

Kathleen Owings, Instructor

Kathleen has an MS in Elementary Education. She has many years of experience teaching math to elementary school students in Carroll County. She loves math, and she enjoys instilling this love for math in her students!

 

Favorite Number: 26, because I was born on February 6th (2/6)

Favorite Math Joke: Q: Why did the math book look so sad?

                A: Because it had so many problems!

Interesting fact: I have three children out of my four that have the same birthday, but I don’t have triplets! How could this be? My 3 rd and 4 th children, twin boys, were born on their older sister’s birthday when she turned 5 years old!

 

Jon Mudrick, Instructor

Jon has recently retired after a career as an Electrical Engineer. He now spends his time doing what he chooses and a part of that is helping students to learn about mathematics in a fun and creative way. With the basics of mathematics solidly build into a student’s toolbelt, they will find out that “Hey, this isn’t that hard after all!”

 

Favorite Number: 41, Tom Seaver…look him up!

Favorite Math Joke: What is a math teacher's favorite sum? Summer!

Interesting fact: If you were ever curious to learn about life on a USN submarine, just ask me! 

 

Nupoor Srivastava, Instructor

Nupoor is currently attending CSU global university pursuing a degree in MS in Teaching and Learning. She did MS in mathematics and BS in physics, chemistry and mathematics from one of the reputed universities in India. She has been teaching grade 2 to 12 from last 4 years in Kumon and Sylvan.

 

Favorite Number: 73 because 73 is the 21st prime number, it’s mirror 37 is the 12th and it’s mirror 21 is the product of multiplying 7 and 3

Favorite Math Joke: : I just saw American Pi. I gave it a rating of 3.14

Interesting fact: I love to teach.

 

Stephen Whisler, Instructor

Steve is an MSDE-certified math teacher and reading specialist with experience teaching in Baltimore County elementary, middle, and high schools. He also has several years experience helping Juniors and Seniors with SAT & ACT prep. He completed his doctoral coursework with the University of Phoenix, and has earned a Master's degree from Troy State University, a Bachelor's degree from Excelsior College, and an Associate's degree from Catonsville Community College. He is also a retired U.S. Navy veteran with over 20 years of service in the enlisted and officer ranks.

 

Favorite Number: 3 ... the same number worn by one of my favorite baseball players, Babe Ruth

Favorite Math Joke: : Q: Why can't teachers give tests in the jungle?

                                             A: Too many cheetahs!

Interesting fact: I am fluent in Persian-Farsi, which is the language spoken in Iran

 

    

 

  

 

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