WMM Interview

Q&A with Derek Pipkorn of Mathnasium Wauwatosa and Mequon

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It’s hard to believe the 2020/21 school year is almost here. We sat down with Working Moms of Milwaukee Business Member, Derek Pipkorn, owner of Mathnasium Mequon and Wauwatosa. Derek talks to us about how he’s helping local families just like yours, a little about his family, and some of Mathnasium's new services (even a discount for our Mom Force!). Check it all out in our exclusive interview below!

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Please tell us a little bit about how you got involved with Mathnasium.

I've always had a passion for teaching math, as well as being an entrepreneur. When I was in college I started a seasonal holiday lighting service so that gave me my first taste of running my own business. When I first heard about Mathnasium I knew it would be the perfect blend of my two passions. After 8 years of teaching math, most recently as a middle school math specialist in Mequon-Thiensville, I did my research on Mathnasium and decided it would be a great fit for my family. I'm so glad I did. Our Wauwatosa center won an award for being one of the fastest growing new centers after our first year!

Please tell us a little bit about your family.

My wife, Jillian, and I have been married for 6 years. We have a pretty cool story about we met, which was getting on an airplane at MKE. Jillian works in Marketing at Kohl's Corporate and is a rock star mom. Our daughter, Lucy, will be two years old in November. She definitely keeps us on our toes and has a great sense of humor. She currently likes using chalk to draw on everything imaginable.

What are you hearing parents say about this upcoming school year?

I'm hearing a lot of concern about what this school year will look like for their children. Since we work with multiple school districts and schools, the opening plans are different everywhere. Fortunately, they have us! I've been spending time reassuring parents that we are going to be the consistent part of this school year. They don't need to worry about their child falling behind in math. We'll take care of it! I've seen more than a few sighs of relief from our moms this past month.

Our network is obviously working moms… Can you tell us a little more about how you can help moms with super busy work and family schedules specifically?

Absolutely! Mathnasium is here to make your life easier and your child more confident in their math skills. One of the best parts about our program is the flexibility that we offer. We have both in-center and online options, plus you get to pick the session times for your child. Even the busiest families are able to work Mathnasium into their schedule. If math homework is a concern, we will help with that as well. Can you guess why working moms love us the most? Kids actually LOVE coming to Mathnasium. We make it fun with a great team of instructors and an awesome rewards program that will hook any kid.

What are the main services you provide at Mathnasium?

We offer a customized learning plan for every student, as we know all kids are different. Our focus is to meet your child where they are at mathematically and build up from there. We've opened our doors to in-person sessions with limited capacity, masks, distancing, and sanitizing. We also have Mathnasium@home for families that want to stay at home and do their session. Each session is an hour long with time set aside for math homework. Mathnasium is also generally more affordable (and fun) than your typical private tutor.

Do you have any promos or deals coming up for this next school year?

Mathnasium of Mequon and Mathnasium of Wauwatosa would love to offer our working moms a risk-free assessment for their child and $100 off our initial registration fee. Just let us know you heard of us from Working Moms of Milwaukee when you visit with us.

Additionally, with the school year coming up and many families working from home, both of our centers will be offering a Prime Study Space. It'll be a safe space with internet access from 8am-12pm M-F for kids to do their virtual learning while parents head to work or work from home for the morning (see flyer below).

What would you say to the parents who are "intimidated" to work with their kids on math homework?

You don't have to know all the answers. I know this may be hard, especially when you are seeing your child struggle or even cry, but supporting your child in math means asking great questions. How did you get that answer? How is this problem different from that last one? What's another way you could do this problem? At the end of the day, we believe that math is about understanding and engaging in productive struggle, not just a grade. With all that being said, over 70% of our moms tell us that their math struggles at home led them to Mathnasium. You are not alone and we are here to help.

How can kids be successful in math this upcoming year?

Other than coming to Mathnasium? It's going to be an interesting school year and that means being more patient than ever. I'd recommend using your resources and even working with a friend. We have lots of friends that come together to Mathnasium, so take advantage of someone else that might be doing the same problems. You can learn together without just copying answers. Math classrooms have become a lot more collaborative in recent years so don't shy away from that with your friends and neighbors

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