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Our Center is Open in compliance with CDC & State guidelines. Sessions are scheduled to maintain the proper distance between students. Our online learning platform is now a permanent part of our program for those that require or prefer it.

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:


Helen Park, Center Director

Helen's previous careers include biology teacher and researcher. Her love of education and children led her to spend 9 years working at learning centers in New York before coming to Texas in 2018.  Seeing children grow in confidence is what brings her the most joy! In her free time, she enjoys hiking, icon-writing, and playing the piano.

Favorite Number: 1, because it is ONE – it symbolizes unity and new beginnings.

Favorite Math Joke:  Why should you never talk to Pi? Because he’ll go on and on and on forever!

I love Mathnasium because: I get to see children express their critical thinking process as they solve math problems and become more confident in their abilities.


Jennifer Speer, Owner

Jennifer has a unique perspective that allows her to understand your kids and help them.

She is a successful business owner and homeschooling mom of 3! She has the perspective of an educator as well as a busy parent and knows the challenges of both. Jennifer knows how to engage the kids and hold their interest. She keeps them progressing in math in a way they will actually enjoy!

Jennifer has always had a strong grip on Mathematics, earning her B.B.A in Finance at Southwest Texas State University and then owning and operating a successful business for over 10 years in the Brazos Valley alongside her husband James.

After finding Mathnasium and seeing what it can offer kids, they made a tough decision to sell their successful business with its comfortable lifestyle and start all over again. As scary as that sounds, they knew that parents in the Brazos Valley wanted the best for their children at an affordable price. There was already so much available for the many college students in Bryan/College Station, but not for elementary, middle, and high school students. Now, after being open for several years and expanding to eight locations, we have hundreds of amazing success stories as a result of our passionate instructors, inspiring learning environment, teaching style and curriculum at Mathnasium! Let us help your student! 

Favorite Math Joke: There are 3 kinds of people in this world... Those that can count, and those that can't.

Fun Fact: Graduated College in 3 1/2 years with a 4.0!

I love Mathnasium because: "I get to be a part of a great organzation that changes kids' lives! Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?!?"

 

 


Martinek

Larry Martinek, Creator of the Mathnasium Method

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. 


Randell Simpson, Lead Instructor

The Mathnasium Messenger Award, Spring 2021
The Professor Award, Fall 2021

Randell is a Temple native who comes from a long line of math educators, including his grandmother, father, aunt, uncle, and sister. He loves spending free time with his large family, consisting of 5 siblings, 8 nieces and nephews, as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Favorite Number: 159, because it is significant in my family.

Favorite Math Joke: 4 out of 3 people struggle with fractions. 

In five years, I will be: Pursuing a career in math education.

I love Mathnasium because: Every day is a new adventure with the students. I never know what the day will bring, but it's always guaranteed that I will be able to help others!


Meet our Fall 2021 Instructor of the Semester Finalists!


Tom Haessly, Instructor

The Mayor of Mathnasium Award, Spring 2021
The Mathnasium Messenger Award, Fall 2021

Tom is eager to help students prepare for today’s technical challenges, bringing with him many years of experience and wisdom developing software for several industries. He pursues interests in math and software not just for their own sake but for their utility when applied to creative endeavors. Tom also enjoys hanging out with his two teenage nephews and playing the latest board games with them.

Favorite Number: 12, because it has so many factors. It might have made a better base than our common 10. Too bad we don’t have six fingers on each hand!

Favorite Math Joke: There are only 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don’t.

In five years, I will be: Still helping people learn new things and pursuing creative projects.

I love Mathnasium because: It’s a great program for providing students with the extra attention they need to go beyond conventional classroom instruction.


Oliver Kwan, Instructor

Instructor of the Semester Finalist, Fall 2021
The Mayor of Mathnasium Award, Fall 2021

Oliver is a student at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. During his time in a math program for dual-credit students, he discovered a love for helping others develop confidence in math that they found intimidating. When he's not working or studying, he enjoys playing music, playing video and board games, and rock climbing.

Favorite Number: 2, because it produces the same number when added, multiplied, or exponentiated to/by itself.

Favorite Math Joke: What do you call two dudes who love math? Algebros.

In five years, I will be: Settling down and starting a career in Occupational Therapy, possibly focusing on pediatrics.

I love Mathnasium because: It gives students a place to improve in math by developing an attitude that loves to overcome even the most formidable challenges.


Sam Patil, Instructor

Sam is a retired doctor who believes kids can accomplishing anything they put their minds to given the proper motivation, environment, and tools to succeed.

Favorite Number: Pi, because I like sweets!

Favorite Math Joke: What did the mean triangle say to the circle? You are pointless.

In five years, I will be: A math expert.

I love Mathnasium because: I love to teach kids and watch them learn.


Michael Horak, Instructor

The Team Player Award, Fall 2021

Michael is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University - Central Texas with a bachelor's in Mathematics. He is also a math substitute teacher for Belton ISD. In his spare time, he loves playing video games.

Favorite Number: 7, because it's a lucky number.

Favorite Math Joke: Why did the triangle make the basketball team? It always made three-pointers!

In five years, I will be: Potentially a math teacher.

I love Mathnasium because: It allows me to share my knowledge with those who struggle with math.


Julia Weatherbie, Instructor

Julia is a student at Belton High School. She recently moved to Texas from California. Her love of math is inspired by both her mom and grandma, who started doing math activities with her at a young age. She has had a passion for math ever since, and is excited to change the lives of others who need help in the world of math!

Favorite Number: 7 - it's lucky!

Favorite Math Joke: Math...the only place where someone can buy 64 watermelons and nobody wonders why!

In five years, I will be: Hopefully graduating from college, where I will have majored in journalism, and on my way to becoming a published author.

I love Mathnasium because: It's solely focused on math and helping kids want to get better at it and learn to love it!


Alex Elieson, Instructor

Alex is a senior at Belton High School. He recently earned the Eagle Scout award and will serve a two year religious mission for his church. Alex enjoys computer science, hiking, and seeing others succeed.

Favorite Number: 7, because it's a prime number with cool products.

Favorite Math Joke: Parallel lines have so much in common...it's a shame they'll never meet!

In five years, I will be: Studying at the University of Texas at Austin for a degree in Computer Science.

I love Mathnasium because: It allows me to use my gifts and talents to positively impact the lives of young students.


 

 

 

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