THE eMode LEARNING STORY

As a young African American male attending Seattle Public Schools, Norman Alston knew firsthand what it meant to struggle with learning mathematics. Throughout his childhood he felt humiliated, and was treated harshly by the education system and ultimately was labeled as ‘slow’ and incapable of doing mathematics in third grade. Once he reached High School, he was told that he was not able to do algebra. In college, a professor told him that he would never graduate because he could never pass algebra or trigonometry.

“Thankfully, however, I never believed any of those teachers” recalls Norman, “I knew that the way they were teaching did not work with how I learned.” 

Norman worked hard to graduate from college, and began teaching elementary school children in the Greater Seattle Area. His personal struggles learning math combined with the positive response from students, parents and educators around his unconventional approach to teaching inspired him to create the eMode Learning Foundation, a 501c(3) organization.

The eMode style of teaching closes the achievement gap, reduces fear of math, builds confidence and provides outstanding mathematics enrichment opportunities for under-served youth grades K-8 in Southeast Seattle. This program gives youth learning experiences that are meaningful, understandable and enjoyable.

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OUR MISSION

Helping under-served youth reach their full potential as fearless learners through innovative mathematics enrichment programs.

MEET OUR TEAM

NORMAN ALSTON
NORMAN ALSTON
Founder & Master Teacher
MARILYN ALSTON
MARILYN ALSTON
Co-Founder
GLENDA SINCLAIR
GLENDA SINCLAIR
Executive Director
TANYA ENG-AQUINO
TANYA ENG-AQUINO
Board Member
ERIN BARTLETT
ERIN BARTLETT
Lead Teacher, Summer Camp &
Saturday Math Academy
BRYANT CAMERON
BRYANT CAMERON
Lead Teacher
Summer Camp Programs
JULIANNE PIERSON
JULIANNE PIERSON
Teacher, Summer Camp &
Saturday Math Academy
CANDICE HIGHTOWER
CANDICE HIGHTOWER
Teacher, Saturday Math Academy
JORDAN BROWN
JORDAN BROWN
Teaching Assistant
WEN ECKLEGERG
WEN ECKLEGERG
Teaching Assistant
OANH AU-DONG
OANH AU-DONG
Teaching Assistant
KIESHA SCARLETT
KIESHA SCARLETT
Curriculum Advisor & Board Member
KELVIN WASHINGTON
KELVIN WASHINGTON
Curriculum Advisor
DR. JAMIE BRACEY
DR. JAMIE BRACEY
Curriculum Advisor
DEAN HARRIS
DEAN HARRIS
Curriculum Advisor

PRAISES

“My son has attended Norman’s Math sessions for over 5 years and is now a TA and in advanced Math classes, thanks to Mr. Alston”
D. Brown
“My daughter has attended Norman’s Math sessions for over 2 years and is now a TA and in advanced Math classes, thanks to Mr. Alston”
A. Smith

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