Local couple brings Mathnasium closer to home
Children go through a variety of things in the curriculum provided by schools, but sometimes they can do their best work when they are pushed on an individual level.
The staff at Mathnasium works to ensure that is the opportunity given to each child that walks through the door.
Jeff and Christine Rucker opened their first Mathnasium location in Evans, Ga., in December 2011, offering assistance to students in second through 12th grade. The studies go from basic math to precalculus.
Their first location has been a great success, and they said creating another location closer to their home is the best thing for everyone involved.
“We live in North Augusta, and we commute to the location in Evans,” Jeff said. “We have families that live in North Augusta that have been coming out to Evans since we opened.”
Another aspect that played into their decision was the positive impact the shorter distance could have on the continuity of the program.
“We realized frequency is important,” Jeff said. “These students need to come to the location two or three times a week. This will make it more convenient for North Augusta and Augusta families. Plus, there are plenty of things to do around the location for parents, like shopping and running errands.”
Although this is a new location, the couple wants to assure parents that both locations will have the same quality of care and offer the same services.
“Students will have exactly the same experience as in Evans,” Jeff said. “There are about 25 kids who will move from Evans to the new location, and included in that are the North Augusta families. We’re using the same instructors.”
The name of the group came from the type of environment they want for their students, Jeff said. He and his wife want each child to have their own routine and to be constantly seeing progress.
“We want the locations to have the same things, just like you would want to go to a Gold’s Gym and have it look somewhat the same,” Jeff said. “If you think about our name, it was chosen to make you think of a gymnasium. Kids come to do a math workout. It’s a place where kids go two to three times a week to get better and stronger in not only math, but also the way they think.”
The Ruckers do not want families to think they only focus on math basics. They also help students with their thinking and comprehension through education.
“We put a high priority in thinking skills,” Jeff said. “Especially in high school levels, because that can create higher scores on the SAT. Our goal is to find out what each student needs and create a custom learning plan.”
Christine said this new location is such a joy for her because she truly loves the work she does at Mathnasium.
“I am so thankful for the opportunity to expand Mathnasium,” Christine said. “It’s an incredible program, and I love seeing the changes in so many students that walk through our doors. Kids that come in feeling defeated and beat down by math really do change. Parents tell us they notice not just the change in their children’s math skills but, in all subjects, in their confidence and in their study habits. Stories like that really make my day.”