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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:

 

Karen Batson, Owner /Center Director

Karen holds a masters degree from New York University School of Engineering and has acquired years of valuable experience in the field of aviation management. Her experience as an adjunct professor and innate passion for teaching and mentoring, made it an easy decision to embark on opening a Mathnasium. She is committed to the Mathnasium Method which helps students to develop fundamental math skills and get over their fear of math. She is excited at the prospect of making the Mathnasium concepts available to Whitestone students whether they need enrichment, remediation or homework support.

Married with 2 kids, Karen spends her spare time volunteering on various community projects through New York Cares Organization and traveling (she has been to over 20 countries). She is a facilitator for Girls Who Code (a free coding club for girls which holds weekly meetings at Mathnasium of Whitestone). Karen also a member of Toastmasters of Bayside, Riverkeeper Organization, Women In Canoe dragon boat racing team and the Academic Advisory Committee of Vaughn College of Aeronautics.


Amalia Kouloglou, Instructor

 

Amalia earned a B.A. in Mathematics, specializing in teaching mathematics to students in grades 7 to 12. She received an “Honors in Mathematics” certificate and graduated with magna cum laude honors. Since graduating from Queens College, Amalia has served as a mathematics substitute teacher at public middle schools in Queens. During the past seven years, she had extensive experience with tutoring mathematics for grades K-12, while preparing students for their standardized exams. Currently, Amalia is pursuing graduate studies at Queens College, in which she is working to obtain additional certification as a literacy specialist for grades 5-12. In her spare time, she loves to volunteer, read, and learn new languages.

 

 

 

Gabriella Smokovich ,Instructor

Gabriella has always had a love and passion for math.  She earned her Bachelors degree as a math major, adolescent education minor, and computer science minor from Adelphi University.  She is soon to graduate with her Masters in adolescent education and a specialization in 7-12 special education.  Since the age of 14 she has tutored for all ages in both math and ELA.  While at Adelphi she also added computer science to her list of subjects to tutor, was on the board of the AMS math club, completed and presented research at numerous conferences. She is also a member of the math honor society Pi Mu Epsilon and the mathematical societies of the Mathematics Association of America and the American Mathematical Society.  Gabriella is currently subbing and student teaching in Brooklyn.  In her free time, she enjoys going on long walks, reading historical fiction, doing puzzles, and spending time with family.

 

 

Christina Valente

 

Christina's passion for math started at an early age. She credits her remarkable math skills to her early exposure to music. Christina has played classical piano for over 12 years and enjoys playing pieces from notable greats including Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Bach.

This Hunter College graduate has been involved in a number of math clubs. Through her involvement with the Macaulay College honors program, Christina was afforded the opportunity to work with the Museum of Mathematics to expose young minds to robotics, 3 D - Printing and geometry. She was also a member of the prestigious math honor society Pi Mu Epsilon.

Christina was also a competitive swimmer for Hunter College. She spends her downtime (especially when she gets bored on the train), playing math puzzles such as Sudoku and KenKen. 

 

Saskia Ramroop,Instructor

Saskia is a student at SUNY Binghampton enrolled in the Speech Pathology program. This graduate of St. Francis Prep, is thrilled to be able to continue working at Mathnasium after having done so throughout her tenure at Prep. During her spare time, Saskia spends time painting and doing Soduko. 

 

Thomas Liquet, Assistant Center Director

Thomas acquired a Bachelors's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vaughn College of Aeronautics, where he was one of the founding members of the school's award-winning Robotics Team. His passion for math dates back to his high school years when he was involved in numerous STEM-related initiatives. Throughout college, Thomas was a well - sought after peer tutor at the Academic Advisory Center since he had a knack for explaining the concepts to his peers in a way for them to easily understand. His inherent passion for helping kids, particularly getting over their fear of math, is noticeable upon one's first encounter with Thomas. Parents and kids have exalted Thomas as being: "God sent!", "Awesome!", "Such a nice guy!".

 

Barrett Schenk, Instructor

 

A native of West Hempstead, Barrett is an exceptional 11th grader at West Hempstead High School. He received perfect math scores on the SAT and ACT placement tests and is in the process of completing a total of 9  AP courses. Barrett's passion for math led him to become a valuable member of the mathletes and science club. He is also an oboist for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Barrett aspires to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering as well as a minor in music. This mathlete takes great pride in helping others in understanding mathematical concepts.

 


Fernando Rodriguez, Instructor

Fernando is a retired math teacher and a U.S Marine Corp veteran, who exudes passion in delivering math concepts in a way that students easily understand. His years of experience also allows him to easily adapt to the needs of the students, whether the student needs remediation or is advanced and needs to be challenged. Fernando's innately cheerful demeanor enables him to relate to the students and allow him to easily breakdown the most difficult of concepts via the Mathnasium method.  


Sabrina Curzio, Administrative Assistant/Tutor 

Born and bred in Whitestone, Sabrina developed a love for math starting at a very young age. She excelled at math during her time at PS 79 (Francis Lewis) and East-West School of International studies. Sabrina is currently attending Energy Tech High School and is preparing to pursue a career in a STEM-related field. Ultimately, Sabrina will become an electrical engineer. In her spare time, Sabrina plays the flute and exercises her artistic/creative skills by drawing on oil pastels. Sabrina enjoys exercising her social responsibilities by volunteering on numerous community projects with her sister Jessie, who is a student at Mathnasium of Whitestone, and who served as an inspiration for Sabrina to tutor her peers.


Joseph Cardinale, Instructor

With his years of tutoring experience, Joseph has worked with a wide array of students and has attained the ability to share his valuable knowledge, while meeting students where they are at to support their needs. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering with a Mathematics minor, which has exposed him to physics, chemistry, mathematical theory, programming, robotics, electronics, fiber optics, wireless communications, and electrical/signal theory, just to name a few! Thus, Joseph has acquired superb analytical skills, problem-solving skills, along with attention to detail, which are qualities that make up a great mathematics instructor. In addition to his engineering work for the MTA - New York City Transit and his tutoring work, he is also a fantastic writer with an inborn intelligence that is hard to come by. 


Ivana Pitino, Instructor

Ivana Pitino graduated from World Journalism Preparatory School where she challenged herself by pursuing several Advanced Placement (AP) courses. She also served as a student ambassador and mentor for her peers. Ivana was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Achievement in Math award for being the top math student in her graduating class. This avid Harry Potter fanatic (the mere mention of Harry Potter puts her in a state of sheer bliss!), spends her free time reading and traveling (She has been throughout Europe, the Caribbean, and numerous domestic cities). For this math enthusiast, the sky is the limit. Ivana is enthralled by the prospect of helping others to get over their fear of math. She now attends Adelphi University with a major in finance and a minor in criminal justice.


 Carissa Wu, Admin assistant

Carissa is a student at Bronx Science High School with an intense passion for math that sets her apart from her peers. She enjoys solving complex math problems and spends most of her free time making computer applications/ coding. Through this internship at Mathnasium of Whitestone, Carissa is able to share her knowledge, skills, and love for math, particularly with the little ones.

 

 


Elijah Persad - Paisley

Elijah is Biochemistry major at NYU who is innately passionate about math. During his tenure at St Francis preparatory school, Elijah’s exceptional math skills led him to tutor his peers. As a research assistant at NYU, Elijah investigates ways to optimize the growth of ionic crystals. Elijah has also been involved in numerous volunteer efforts including the Cell Motion BioBus, Cancer Research UK, and the Saha Global Leadership Program. The up-and-coming doctor, spent last summer as an intern at Yale University School of Medicine, where he shadowed doctors in the Emergency Department as well as the Neurology Department.


Charles Kwon, instructor

Charles is a Math enthusiast who is pursuing a degree in Mechatronics Engineering at Vaughn College of Aeronautics. His passion for math has led him to tutor his peers as well as elevated him to a vice president capacity of VCAT Engineers Without Borders. This allows him to directly partner with communities to resolve complex challenges. Additionally, Charles has spent numerous hours volunteering at various temples throughout South Korea. This budding mechatronics engineer has single-handedly assembled a circuit that produces sounds by drawing using a pencil!

 

 Larry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer, Developer of Mathnasium Program

Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From the 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 the 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 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 curriculums 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.