Your Child's Math Journey can be Magical
Meryl's Magic Math started in 2017 after Meryl saw her students struggle in AP Calculus and other high school math classes. Meryl knew her students' grades didn't reflect their abilities. They needed more individual instruction, which was difficult with growing class sizes. Tutoring allowed for personalized help, resulting in higher student motivation and confidence in their math ability. Students showed tremendous gains in improved grades and understanding in a short amount of time. They realized they can excel in math.
When students asked how to solve complex problems, Meryl explained difficult concepts in simple terms which made students remark, "That's magic!" Hence the name, Meryl's Magic Math. In the last five years, we've grown to a team of like-minded, certified high school math teachers who share the same educational values.
At Meryl’s Magic Math, we believe all students can learn math and be successful in it.
We explain concepts simply and in multiple ways to ensure understanding. We help students improve their confidence, math understanding, and grades.
Meet Meryl and Her Team
Education: Jabaar earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education from Ohio University. While completing his degrees, he competed on the football team and stayed on to coach the Bobcats.
Tutoring Experience: Jabaar is a certified high school math teacher, having taught in Columbus Public Schools, Pickerington Local Schools, and currently Worthington Schools. As a teacher for 20 years, his objective is to educate, inspire, and lead youth to thrive both in and out of the classroom. Jabaar is known for building and maintaining positive relationships among students, parents, and peers. He co-created and facilitated multiple after school and summer programs focused on developing leadership skills in youth. He has numerous years of tutoring experience to match his teaching background, from middle school math up through college math courses.
Jabaar specializes in Algebra/Math 1, Geometry/Math 2, and Algebra II/Math 3:
"Jabaar was very helpful in explaining concepts to my son in different ways, and I wish we started working with him earlier. We will be back next year for more help!" -Heather Wilson, May 2022
Education: Cheryl earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Youngstown State University. While completing her degree, she competed on the Women's Softball team. She is currently working on her Masters of Education in Special Education (with a focus on differentiated instruction) from the American College of Education.
Tutoring Experience: Cheryl is a certified middle & high school math teacher and has been teaching math for 12 years. As far as tutoring, she specializes in Middle School Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2. As a teen, she struggled with math, especially once she reached middle school so she is an empathetic teacher who explains concepts slowly and in multiple ways. Cheryl is passionate about helping others make connections with mathematics and rethink math as a series of puzzles and patterns.
Education: Meryl earned a Bachelor's degree in Math Education and Master's degree in Mathematics, both from Ohio University. While completing her degrees, she competed on the Women's Golf team and went on to be the Graduate Assistant for Women's Golf and a Teaching Assistant in the Math Department.
Awards: Meryl received student-nominated teaching honors such as Ohio University Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award (2013), Student and Teacher Achievement Recognition (2017), and National Honor Society Honor Teacher (2016 and 2017).
Teaching Success: As a high school teacher for five years, students consistently said they didn't like math until they took her AP Calculus class (admittedly, she's not sure she believed them--who is crazy enough to sign up for an AP course if they disliked the subject?!). Not only did they have fun taking on the challenging concepts, but they also improved from a 20% pass rate to over 70% on the AP exam. Meryl was a Reader for the AP Calculus exam so she is familiar with the grading and how to help students succeed on the exam.
Tutoring Experience: As a math tutor for over a decade, Meryl helped students through math courses from 8th grade pre-Algebra to college level Calculus. She worked with students individually and in small groups. Recently her focus shifted to tutoring online, especially being an AP Calculus tutor. Read more about previous student success.
Other Interests: Meryl enjoys golfing and competing in triathlons.
Education: Shaina earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, with a Computer Science Minor from Ohio State University.
Tutoring Experience: Shaina currently teaches Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus in Reynoldsburg. As far as tutoring, she specializes in Algebra, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus. She's been tutoring over 10 years and gets more excited with each student! She particularly loves tutoring as she can personalize her approach to each student’s own needs and learning styles.
Tutoring Success: One parent shares her daughter's experience working with Shaina:
"My daughter was tutored by Shaina this past year in Geometry and her final grade was "A" thanks to her excellent teaching skills. Even better news is she received her test results for the Ohio State Air Testing and scored "Above Average" in Geometry. I can't begin to explain how excited, overjoyed and shocked she was with the test result score!"
-Victoria D., June 2019
Education: Elizabeth earned her Bachelor's of Science in Integrated Mathematics from Kent State University, and her Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from the American College of Education.
Tutoring Experience: Elizabeth is a certified high school math teacher and taught 5 years at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Prior to that, she tutored middle school math students while in college, and had the opportunity to tutor some of her players while she was a travel volleyball coach. She enjoys building relationships with her students and connecting with them on a personal level. She believes math is easier to learn when you are in a positive environment with positive people!
Interested in joining our team? Email email@example.com for more information.