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Mathnasium to open at the Waterfront

Friday, August 3 2012 12:00 AM

Mathnasium to open at the Waterfront

By Carrie Rengers

Published by The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA — Since Rachel Allen openedMathnasium atNewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road in February, parents have been driving their children from the east side to get math help.

Now, they won’t have to.

Allen is opening a second Mathnasium, a franchise known as the Math Learning Center, at the Waterfront at 13th and Webb Road.

“I’ve had a lot of interest from the east side,” Allen says, “… and so they’re pretty excited about us opening over there.”

Allen is an accountant and a former middle school math teacher. Her husband, Paul, is one of the principals of the Allen, Gibbs & Houlikaccounting firm.

“This is really a perfect fit for my background,” Allen says. “I just really love working with kids and helping them, and this seemed like a great opportunity.”

She says Mathnasium, which teaches a range of math from beginning skills through calculus, gives children help with math concepts in a way that makes sense to them.

“We say we help kids catch up, keep up and get ahead,” Allen says.

Mathnasium even helps some adults, such as those returning to school to complete degrees.

When Allen became a franchisee, she acquired the rights for sites on the east and west sides. She says she found the 1,500-square-foot NewMarket location first.

The 1,400-square-foot Waterfront location is in the former Butter Beanchildren’s boutique space.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Math is a subject a lot of students struggle with, but Allen says parents says they notice a difference in their children’s feelings about it after going to Mathnasium.

“They’re just amazed by … the kids’ confidence and their attitude towards math.”

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