We seek to implement best practices in math methods to teach and enrich students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics.
Principles of Strong Math Instruction
We start by posing a question and allowing students to grapple with the problem. A question must be interesting and compelling for the student to solve. We believe that learning happens through thinking and engaging in the problem-solving process.
Each student is unique and has his/her own set of gifts and challenges. It is the teacher’s responsibility to observe and understand the student’s needs. This is difficult to do in a classroom with many students. In a one-on-one or small group context, however, the teacher can teach at a level appropriate for the student. Our instruction is balanced and holistic.
We ensure that students understand the underlying skill that we are teaching at a foundational level. It isn’t enough for a student to be able to work out math computations using traditional algorithms without actually knowing why they are performing those operations.
Best Practices: Content and Process Standards
Based on the age and grade of your child, we follow the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics content and process standards, for which we utilize as our focus areas for instruction
- Data Analysis + Probability
- ‘Pupil’s Over Profits’
- Make Math Fun Again.
About our Teachers
Because of our high standards and commitment to learning, we only hire the best. Each teacher must have the following characteristics: a passion for lifelong learning and teaching, superb critical thinking skills, the ability to connect with students of all ages, professionalism, and much, much more
Have masters or continued degree in teaching
Avg Percentile on SAT testing
Student Graduation Rate
Sheila Kanchwala is an experienced educator and has taught at several outstanding progressive schools in the United States and around the world. She has a deep knowledge of and appreciation for children and adolescent students. Among the schools she has taught at include the Little Red School House in New York, the Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove, IL, and The Berkeley School in California, as well as at Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya. In addition, Sheila has worked in a consultant’s role at The Dalton School in New York, focusing on language integration. She also managed the Midwest region’s STEP program, focusing on coaching new teachers for high quality teaching and learning in classroom. After three years in this educational leadership role, Sheila returned to the classroom and taught middle school math at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. After leaving Parker, she started Rise Over Run, a tutoring and consulting company that helps all children reach their potential. Rise Over Run's mission is to implement best practices in math methods to teach and enrich students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics. Sheila holds a B.S. degree from the University of Texas, an M.A. in Education from New York University, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the Klingenstein Center, Teachers’ College, Columbia University in New York.
Liyan (pronounced "LeeAnn") Catherine Wan has been tutoring math and science subjects since the age of 14, beginning with her peers and colleagues in the community and at Penn State University’s Learning Center during her undergraduate engineering studies. She began in-home tutoring in 2012 while pursuing her graduate degree in architecture in Chicago. Because of her dedication to education, she continued tutoring while working as an architect. To dedicate herself to Meerkat Academics and her students, Liyan resigned from working at an architecture firm.