Mrs. Nal is a nationally well known mathematics teacher focused on contest math. As a math coach, Mrs. Nal taught State and National MATHCOUNTS participants, USA(J)MO qualifiers, MOSP attendees, USAJMO winners/honorable mentions. She was the coach of the TX MATHCOUNTS Team that placed 1st at Nationals in three consecutive years, 2018, 2017 and 2016, 3rd in 2011 and 7th in 2015. In 2018 and 2017, 2 of her students were the MATHCOUNTS NATIONALS Champion and Runner-Up. In 2016, all her 4 students made top 12 in the nation.
Each year, 70-100% of the top finishers at Houston MATHCOUNTS chapter are Momentum Learning students. In 2019, 9 out of the top 10 students at Texas MATHCOUNTS State are Momentum Learning Students.
Mrs. Nal is currently coaching the Quail Valley GT Academy team who won 2015-2019 Texas State MATHCOUNTS. She is a two time recipient of the MAA’s Edyth May Sliffe Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Raytheon MathMovesU Heroes Award.
Dr. Nal has a deep passion for teaching math and its applications. He has special interest in utilizing games and experiments to explain fundamental ideas and concepts in math, economics and finance.
He’s also been helping high school students prepare for math Olympiads over the years. Some of his students went on to become MOSP attendees and USA(J)MO winners. In 2018, 15+ of his students at Momentum Learning qualified for USA(J)MO. Among them, 6 students qualified for MOSP including a USAMO winner and multiple USAJMO Winners/USAJMO Honorable Mentions. In addition, Dr. Nal also teaches at AoPS.
Dr. Nal also creates his own videos with solutions to USAMO and other math problems in his YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/osmannal). The Channel is growing every day with over a hundred videos that can be used as a resource for those starting their journey to Olympiad problem solving.
My name is Gwen Curtice, and I am currently teaching 5th and 6th grade math as well as the Contest Math elective for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at the Honor Roll School. I have 44 years of teaching experience of which 31 were in elementary, 2 were in private and 11 were in middle school teaching math. My undergraduate degree is from Texas Tech University, and I earned my master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. It was my pleasure to be the original math teacher and math competition coach at the Gifted and Talented Academy at Quail Valley Middle School in FBISD.
My philosophy is simple: all math is connected. Introducing a logical progression of topics, I use hands-on activities combined with daily practice and problem solving of real world associations to obtain long-term understanding. I emphasize accuracy before speed. All students can learn to love math when they have the correct “tool kit” of strategies.
I have lived in Sugar Land for 33 years with my husband, Kolbe, and our labrador, Saxon. Our daughter, Mallory, is a graduate of Texas Christian University and lives and works in Fort Worth.
Troy Drayton is co-author of Stand Up, Speak Out: The Social Action Curriculum for Building 21st Century Skills. He had been a classroom teacher at Quail Valley Middle School in Fort Bend ISD for 14 years, earning distinctions as a Fort Bend ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2009 and Texas Association of Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Gulf Coast Teacher of the Year in 2012. Now Mr. Drayton teaches English at Ridge Point High School.
In addition to his role in the classroom, he has served as English/Language Arts Department Head, curriculum writer, instructional coach, professional development provider, and interventionist. After presenting for Fort Bend ISD and the TAGT and Texas Council of English Language Arts (TCTELA) state conferences independently for many years, he co-founded the GT Innovators LLC in 2011 and travels over the summer engaging teachers in high quality, interactive professional development in districts across Texas.
Since earning his Master’s Degree from the University of Houston in Educational Administration and Supervision in 2008, he has remained in the classroom because of the challenge and inspiration found through daily interactions with students.
Mr. Gibbs taught High School Computer Science and Math for the last four years. He previously worked as a Computer Specialist and Project Manager at a large oil company in many different jobs. Before that, I was at the Johnson Space Center, where he worked on software to assist in the design and testing of the first Space Shuttle.
He has a degree in Math with Honors and a Master’s in Computer Science and have used both in his work. He has done tutoring for pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, computer science, programming, SAP, project management, and technical writing with excellent results. He has been a programmer, software architect, technical lead, integrator, project manager, and manager. So, you get someone who has done it, taught it, and loved it.
Dr. Ming Zhang graduated from University of Science and Technology of China and obtained his Ph.D. from Rice University with background in mathematics and computer science.
He has worked as an assistant professor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. With over 20 years of algorithm development and investment experience, Dr. Zhang now enjoys teaching students in mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, statistics and investments.
In the fall of 2016, all of Dr. Ming’s USACO Bronze Class students at Momentum Learning were promoted to USACO Silver, Gold, and Platinum with most of the students received perfect scores on the USACO Bronze test. Congratulations!!
I graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where I studied Mathematics and Public Health. My teaching experience includes being a mentor at the University YMCA and a Math tutor at the learning center. My responsibities included leading fun activities while integration high school and college readiness resources and practices for 8th graders in after school programs. With other mentors, I served K-6th graders by building relationship engage in physical activity games, literacy, nutrition education, and social emotional health.
As a Math tutor, I helped lower-level students solve challenging homework problems and improve their mathematics skills. I always enjoy helping others learn and grow. When I’m not solving Math problems, I’m usually at a local dental clinic shadowing some dentists, which is a part of my application to dental schools.
I graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelors of science degree in psychology and a philosophy and public relations minor. Currently, I am a research assistant at the SIHB Lab at the University of Houston.
I first started tutoring in math and English as a freshman in college, but my teaching experience started from high school, when I first volunteered as a teacher’s assistant. I aspire to instill a desire to learn in students by accommodating different learning styles and making learning enjoyable.
In my spare time, I like to volunteer for various causes such as refugee outreach, mental health awareness, and disaster relief.
I’m a graduate of the University of Houston, with a BS in Biology and a concentration in Psychology. I have five years of tutoring experience in speech and debate, as well as in Sciences and English. Throughout high school and college, I competed nationally in speech and debate events including Lincoln-Douglas debate, Public Forum debate, Extemporaneous speaking, Impromptu speaking and Original Oratory. I was nationally ranked and finished 2nd in the Texas State championships in high school.
Through the last few years I have been coaching and mentoring students in public speaking and the aforementioned specific speech & debate events, helping them find their voice and hone their arguments. I believe that these activities can make a lasting and profound difference in a young person’s life.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my dog, writing, and running, and am an avid sports fan – go Astros!
I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Houston. My main teaching areas are macroeconomics, financial economics and energy economics.
Besides, I have been tutoring various math/econ/statistics courses at many levels since 2006. I have been living in Houston since 2006 when I started my PhD studies at Rice University. I tutored many Rice undergraduate students, helped them mainly with Calculus and Economics courses. I also tutored middle and high school students, helped them mainly with math classes. Since I became a university professor, I have allocated relatively less time to tutoring. However, teaching is a passion for me, therefore I decided to continue tutoring along with teaching at the university.
I am highly experienced and skilled at Mathematics/Economics/Statistics as I am holding a PhD degree from Rice University and have been teaching at the higher education institutions for 7 years.
Robin Maly is currently a 6th and 7th grade teacher at Quail Valley Middle School. She has been with the Fort Bend Independent School District for almost 15 years now, and has greatly enjoyed her journey as an educator thus far.
Upon graduation from Dulles High School in 1990, Ms. Maly entered the world of instruction as a Pre-School teacher, and since receiving her Bachelor of Science degrees in Social Science and Education, has gone on to teach English Language Arts, Theater Arts, Social Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Theology with students up to 12th grade.
She attributes much of her success in the classroom to cutting edge professional development trainings, brain based education approaches, and “outside of the box” programs like Abydos. Highly creative, innovative, and inspirational, her classes are sought after by students seeking academic rigor and universal relevance. Ms. Maly challenges students to take ownership of their educations in a way that promotes positivity and productivity, as well as scholastic excellence and integrity.
Joe Bernhart has been teaching secondary English Language Arts for the past 20 years in Houston and Fort Bend ISD. He is certified in gifted and talented education and English Language Arts (6-12) by the Texas Education Agency.
Currently, he teaches ELA grades 7 and 8 at the Quail Valley Middle School Academy for the Gifted and Talented. He is a published author of Stand Up! Speak Out! The Social Action Curriculum for 21st Century Learners and was featured in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting/Maryland Public Television professional development video series called Making Meaning in Literature. He is also co-owner of GTInnovators, LLC, a company that provides teachers around the state of Texas with professional development specifically in the area of teaching gifted learners.
He earned his master’s degree in teaching from the University of Houston-Downtown in 2005, graduating with honors. He also has over 5 years of experience teaching SAT Reading and Writing and offers a plethora of strategies to help students progress in their reading and writing skills in general.
I am a Texas Certified Teacher for G4-8. I have been a teacher for over twelve years both in public and private schools. My first assignment at The Village School, gave me the opportunity to instruct a culturally diverse student population. I helped English as a Second Language students to not only become better readers and writers, but also fall in love with the subject.
Currently I am an English teacher at a public middle school in Katy ISD.
As an English teacher, my passion is to help students reach their full potential, by developing individualized plans for students at different levels, and also assisting those who are struggling by engaging them effectively to explore their academic needs. I always try to efficiently communicate concepts that will improve student literacy level through innovative activities and lesson plans, that will empower them to launch for success.
A Mechanical Engineer by training, I started teaching math/contest math in 2004. I have served as a Math teacher, Math department chair, and Dean of Academics in various states, since.
I coached state-champion MATHCOUNTS teams in Arkansas two years in a row and was a recipient of Edith May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Mathematics Teaching from the Math Association of America, thanks to my great students.
Hanife has loved teaching and learning math for as long as she can remember. She graduated with a degree in math in 1999. Hanife has been a high school math teacher in Europe for 17 years, and has also trained students for Math Olympiad for Girls for the last 15 years.
After settling in Houston, she was very happy to join Momentum Family in a position that lets her combine her passion for mathematics, competitions and teaching.
When Hanife is not thinking about math, she enjoys traveling, taking pictures and spending time with her three children.
I have been teaching at The Honor Roll School since 1995. Previous to that I taught Kindergarten at another school for five years. I graduated from Osmania University in India with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biology. I trained as a teacher, got married and followed my husband to the U.S. In Houston, I attended classes at TSU.
I have two boys and am so proud of their accomplishments. My older son is a physician and my younger son, an engineer. Raising two wonderful children and being a teacher has taught me to be a better person, understand children, be a kid again, laugh with them and enjoy every moment.
For over 30 years, storyteller Victoria Chadwick has brought her language-arts-based classes/concerts into schools and has often been invited to provide creativity workshops for teachers. She has taught standard and AP English classes to middle and high school students and ESL at all grade levels, including adults. She has conducted SAT/ACT exam preparation classes and offered private tutoring sessions throughout this time.
Victoria attained her bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing and, in addition to storytelling and teaching, works as a free-lance writer, poet, musician and composer.