by LYDIA COBB | photos by Leslie Walker

Catch Up. Keep Up. Get Ahead.

Mathnasium of Carlsbad Increases Students’ Math Skills and Confidence

A4th grader with D’s in most of her classes came to Mathnasium of Carlsbad this year. After several months of consistent individualized sessions, all her grades improved and she now has A’s in math. “The confidence she acquired by being able to conquer her math had spilled over onto all of her other school subjects,” revealed Paul Walker, Owner of Mathnasium of Carlsbad. “Mathnasium offers a unique path to helping students catch up, keep up, and get ahead in math.”

Mathnasium of Carlsbad uses the proprietary Mathnasium Method to help students in grades 2 through 12, and adult learners, to develop number sense, enabling them to understand all areas of math. Individualized learning helps instructors focus on the specific needs of each student. “Kids often come in feeling bad about their past experiences with math, but quickly have a 180-degree shift. They see that they no longer need to be confused by math,” added Paul. It is not unusual for students to increase their grades by leaps – from C’s and D’s to A’s and B’s – in a relatively short time.

“At the end of the day, we can reflect on the many lives that have been touched by our efforts. It is a good feeling.” – Leslie Walker

Time-tested personal instruction, along with patience, and an encouraging environment, help struggling students to realize they can overcome what doesn’t make sense. Students can explain their reasoning and construct diagrams to work out math questions. Each instructor has completed up to forty hours of training in the Mathnasium Method. While some instructors have advanced math degrees, what is more important is that the instructor possesses excellent communication skills and has a positive attitude so that they can transition a student’s frustration into an “Aha!” moment.

Owners Paul and Leslie Walker have lived in North County for more than twenty years. Carlsbad and San Marcos, which is also owned by the Walkers, are two of over 500 Mathnasium learning centers worldwide that positively impact children’s lives. The Carlsbad center will participate in the 4th Annual National TriMathlon in mid-October. Mathnasium’s TriMathlon is an annual math event held over one weekend joining all the centers. Elementary school kids demonstrate their mathematical skills in a festive atmosphere, and every child’s participation earns a donation for his and her local schools.


“At the end of the day we can reflect on the many lives that have been touched by our efforts. It is a good feeling,” added Leslie Walker. This math is easy: helping one student at a time adds up to many positive school and career path experiences.


Name of Business: Mathnasium of Carlsbad
Owners: Paul and Leslie Walker
Years in Position: 4
Year of Establishment: 2010
Address: 1850 Marron Rd. Suite 106, North County Plaza, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: 760-434-3800
Description of Business: Mathnasium is a math-only learning center. They specialize in teaching math using methods that have been developed for over forty years. They customize their approach for each student (2nd grade through adult) teaching them to develop their math sense and math skills in ways that will serve them throughout their lives.