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Mathnasium times 2

Accountant, ex-teacher to open second Wichita Math Learning Center for kids at the Waterfront

08/03/2012 7:23 AM

08/03/2012 7:23 AM

Since Rachel Allen opened Mathnasium at NewMarket 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 & Houlik accounting 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 Bean children’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 say they notice a difference in their children’s feelings about math after going to Mathnasium.

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

Newton studio expands

The Newton Performing Arts Center is more than doubling its space at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops.

Kari Lee’s dance studio is expanding from 3,500 square feet to 8,000 square feet.

Lee says dance classes are full, and she’s had to turn some people away. She has two classrooms but needs more to add classes and students.

The new studio will be the largest. Lee says there also will be enough extra space to add a prop room and a work room “just to kind of get some of the stuff out of the dance studios.”

The size of the lobby also will double.

The new space will be ready in September.

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About Carrie Rengers

Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

Carrie encourages readers to contact her with tips, questions, behind-the-scenes business news and even funny quotes from business people. Reach her at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com

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