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:
Ronald Smith, Owner
When you’ve got 17 grandkids – that’s right, 17! – you get a real sense of how kids tick: what makes them happy, what motivates them, what helps them succeed. When my granddaughters enrolled in Mathnasium, I expected just another tutoring service – until the day I told them I wouldn’t be able to take them to Mathnasium that day. They were so disappointed, they made me PROMISE to make it up by taking them to extra sessions! Turns out, not only were her math skills and confidence improving – she was also having fun! Obviously, the folks at Mathnasium were really on to something, so I brought a new center to Zionsville/West Carmel. Now several of my other grandchildren are gaining skills and confidence, thanks to the Mathnasium Method. Stop in and see us some time – but be warned – your kids won’t want to miss their sessions!
My favorite subject to teach is Mental Math and Number Sense because of profound these affect student confidence.
Abby Fitzwater, Assistant Center Director
Who understands difficulties with math in school better than someone in school? I am a junior at Butler University studying secondary math education, mathematics, and English as a New Language, and math is my favorite subject! That doesn't mean it has always been easy. But getting successfully through the tough problems is really what it's all about. And at Mathnasium, it's also fun! So, come on in. We'll talk about school, about math, and - most importantly - about success.
Zachary Brown, Lead Instructor
I'm Zach. I was a wrestler at Ashland University and graduated with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in math. I work at Zionsville Middle School as an Instructional Assistant and an assistant wrestling coach. When I was growing up, math wasn’t the easiest subject and some of the topics were rather confusing, but because of great teachers who really love to help students understand how to do the hard problems I was able to make that a part of my degree. Now I’m working to be just like those helpful teachers and hope that students can have an even better experience than I did!
Jim Eggleston, Lead Instructor
Being the oldest instructor here at Mathnasium Zionsville, I will no doubt have the longest story. Sorry to give you a book to read. I have had a varied and fulfilling life up to this point, but for sure this latest chapter of my life has been the most enjoyable. I spent 12 years in the US Air Force after graduating as an engineer from Purdue University way back in 1982. Wow, were the Beatles still together then? Answer – no they broke up 12 years before that. Then I worked for a couple of government contractors for 15 years helping provide fighter aircraft and combat radios to our armed forces. Then, I lost my job as our company downsized during the recession, and at 50 years old I was having difficulty finding an engineering job in the Fort Wayne area. So I decided to transition to teaching as many in STEM jobs have done, and after finishing my certification program at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, I found a middle school math teaching position at a small, parochial school. However, my wife’s job changed after only two years of teaching there and we followed her this time to her new position here in the Carmel/Indy area. Although I enjoyed teaching in a classroom, it was a bit exhausting, so I decided to try helping kids with math in a different environment – after school. I saw a newspaper article a few years ago about Ron’s decision to start a Mathnasium in Zionsville. I read some more about Mathnasium and it sounded great, so I came here and, as they say, the rest is history. I always did okay in math through college, but I did have other college courses where I struggled a lot, so I know what it feels like to not understand something someone is trying to teach you. So now I can really enjoy helping kids who are struggling to understand math or help them to know more. Hopefully I can help you!
Nicholas Balda, Instructor
Being the third Balda to work at Mathnasium of Zionsville, you could say math is a hand-me-down on my part. I have definitely struggled with math, as it is a very intimidating subject to pursue. However, having two brothers and a mom who have all taught math, I was able to get past the confusing part of math and see the joy in it. Because I have been around math my whole life, I am fortunate enough to have a love for the subject. I am very glad that I now have the opportunity to use what I have learned to help younger students gain a strong math foundation.
Ryan Foster, Instructor
Being a prospective engineer, math has always been one of my passions. The ability to work with math in the real world has been the reason that I have always been passionate about the subject. With that being said, in my elementary and middle school years, math came pretty easy to me. High school was the first time that I really had to put in a lot of effort in math to get by with the grades that I wanted. I’m really excited to help those that need extra help, because I understand how important it is to get a strong foundation in math, that way in the future everything else will come easier. If I could give one piece of advice to those needing extra help in math, it would be to keep going, one day you might find your passion for the subject.
James Lao, Instructor
Hello, my name is James, and I am a junior at Zionsville Community High School. Like many of you, I have faced various challenges in the classroom. But once I received the right help, learning became much more fun and engaging. Math has always been one of my favorite subjects in school, and I am actively involved with a math tutoring program at ZCHS. I love helping other students at different levels progress in their math education, and Mathnasium provides a great platform to help students have a wonderful math learning experience.
Nathaniel Lazorchak, Instructor
Hi, I’m Nathaniel! I was homeschooled until 9th Grade, and until then math was never my strongest suit. I didn’t have many problems with it, but I always found it boring and unrewarding. When I finally made it to North Central, I was just okay at math. I got a B or so first 4 weeks, but under one of my favorite and most energetic teachers ever (Shout-out to Mrs. Alumbaugh) I started improving and consistently making the high-and-perfect scores list. Now I’m a student at IUPUI studying Biomedical Engineering and German. In 2017 I joined Mathnasium because of the results I saw in my little sister, Adrianna. When it came to math, it really turned her around and did more for her than we could have even hoped for, and I wanted to become a part of that.
Abby Miller, Instructor
Math was always my favorite subject in school. However, certain math topics really challenged me. With the help of my two math favorite teachers, I understood topics because of their guidance and time devoted to helping students outside of class. My favorite part of math is that it doesn’t change with new discoveries. 2+2 will always be 4. Math has taught me perseverance, and this certainly comes in handy while studying in college. I am a pharmacy major and neuroscience minor candidate at Butler University. I enjoy working with younger students and love learning. I hope to be a good example of how fun math can be to students I work with each day.
Abby O'Meara, Instructor
Hi I’m Abby and I’m majoring in Math at IUPUI. I genuinely love helping kids learn and connect things together until they really “get it.” Because of that, I know teaching math is as much about knowing how to teach as it is about actually knowing math. I have had a lot of experience with math being frustrating, even though I’m a math major. I know that kids think different, and I have had years of experience with adjusting material to make sense on an individual basis. I understand that not everyone loves math, but as I’ve grown up I’ve learned how useful math can be in real life. I hope I can help you enjoy math as much as I do.
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.