Former meteorologist Jeff Rucker helps children strengthen math skills with Mathnasium

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Math has brought grief to countless students, but Jeff Rucker and his team of teachers at Mathnasium math learning center in Evans want to change that.

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Rucker traded his career as a meteorologist for a job that allowed him more time with his wife, Christine, and their two children.  CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
Rucker traded his career as a meteorologist for a job that allowed him more time with his wife, Christine, and their two children.

Mathnasium is a national franchise that works to help students catch up, keep up and get ahead in math through a curriculum pack­age customized for each student. Using a gymnasium/phys­ical fitness theme, instructors help students in grades 2-12 tackle math concepts and skills. Monthly mem­berships include unlimited sessions.

“It’s a place where kids can come to work out their brain,” Rucker said.

Rucker is a familiar face to many across the Augusta area. He worked at television station WAGT (Channel 26) as a meteorologist for more than 12 years, but he decided to change careers as a way to spend more time with his wife and two children.

Working nights was a good fit when his children were young, but as they got older Rucker said it felt as though everyone’s schedules conflicted. He heard about Mathnasium from a few places and said he be­lieves it’s no coincidence the thought occurred to him.

“This was God’s solution to the family time problem,” he said.

Mathnasium in Mullins Crossing shopping center was nearly two years in planning, and the learning center opened Dec. 1. More than two dozen students have joined, and the staff has already seen improvement after just a few weeks of help.

“Just seeing the younger ones go from barely being able to count, and then by the end being able to do a problem without counting on their fingers and not thinking long at all is amazing,” said Sarah Coleman, the lead instructor for the center.

Coleman, who has a degree in early childhood education, says her time working in traditional classrooms has given her an appreciation for the one-on-one, custom attention that students receive through Mathnasium. Even the best teachers don’t have enough time to ensure every student is totally comprehending every concept taught in class, she said.

“The Mathnasium workouts make it easier for students to break things down and understand exactly why we do what we do,” she said.

Helping students conquer math concepts has a ripple effect on their confidence in other things, Rucker said. Believing they are “bad at math” is the first thing he tries to change in a student’s thinking, he said.



EDUCATION: Bachelor of science in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy, master’s in meteorology and physical oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

FAMILY: Wife, Christine; children, Elizabeth, 9, and Harrison, 7

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southern2 12/26/11 - 07:59 am
Best of luck to Jeff and his

Best of luck to Jeff and his wife in this new endeavor and for continuing to use his remarkable talents here. He is missed on TV.

Clemintime 12/26/11 - 09:20 am
Where exactly is the Mullins

Where exactly is the Mullins Crossing shopping center? We've learned alot from Jeff over the years and know this venture will be successful for him and Mrs. Rucker.

JohnScott213 12/26/11 - 11:51 am
Clemintime, Mullins Crossing

Clemintime, Mullins Crossing is where the Target and Kohl's stores are in Evans (4200 block of Washington Rd.).

afadel 12/26/11 - 05:04 pm
A friend in Toronto, Ontario,

A friend in Toronto, Ontario, Canada takes his children to an after school math program. In that case, a teacher began this program because the Toronto public schools decided it could not be implemented as part of the regular curriculum. My friend's children are doing problems far beyond what I remember doing in public school at their age. I hope Mathnasium can provide that option for parents who want their children to excel beyond what the public school can currently offer.

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