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Retired Marine opening math learning center in Stafford

Jerry DePasquale

Kim DePasquale

A retired Marine is opening the first Fredericksburg-area franchise of a fast-growing California-based math-tutoring business.

Jerry DePasquale and his wife, Kim, will open Mathnasium in mid-December in a 1,500-square-foot space at 263 Garrisonville Road, Suite 104, in North Stafford.

The center will use the company’s “Mathnasium Method” to tutor school-age students of all levels in math. The DePasquales will hire top-performing math students from local high schools and colleges as well as teachers to staff the center.

The local Mathnasium will be open 20 hours a week when it first opens: Mondays through Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Each student will have an individually designed curriculum.

The DePasquales hope to open several more Mathnasium locations in the Fredericksburg area within the next five years. The company has hundreds of math-focused learning centers throughout the U.S. and overseas, but the North Stafford one will be its first in the Fredericksburg market.

Jerry DePasquale said his lifelong love of math was developed by a tutor he had in ninth grade. The Stafford resident went on to a career with the Marine Corps and subsequently large defense contractors CACI and BAE Systems. He has degrees in nuclear engineering and computer science.

He heard about Mathnasium franchising opportunities through a radio ad and later decided to pursue it full-time. He wants to start a scholarship program that helps students who have lost a family member serving in the military.