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

To develop early numerical literacy and love of learning in children of color through fun, culturally relevant math enrichment programs

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KEISHA SCARLETT
KEISHA SCARLETTChair
NORMAN ALSTON
NORMAN ALSTONFounder & Master Teacher
GLENDA SINCLAIR
GLENDA SINCLAIRExecutive Director
TANYA ENG-AQUINO
TANYA ENG-AQUINOSecretary
ANDREW GOLDSTEIN
ANDREW GOLDSTEINBoard Member
EMILY-ANN HARRISON
EMILY-ANN HARRISONBoard Member
DEDE JOHNSON
DEDE JOHNSONBoard Member
ARLENE SARGEANT
ARLENE SARGEANTBoard Member

ADVISORY BOARD

DR. NICOLE JOSEPH
DR. NICOLE JOSEPH
HILLARY LOEB
HILLARY LOEB
NATE MILES
NATE MILES
ANTHONY MILES
ANTHONY MILES
TERRI OLSON-MILLER
TERRI OLSON-MILLER

TEACHERS

NORMAN ALSTON
NORMAN ALSTONMaster Teacher
ERIN BARTLETT
ERIN BARTLETTSaturday Math Academy
AMANDA WILLIANS
AMANDA WILLIANS Saturday Math Academy/Summer Camp
CANDICE HIGHTOWER
CANDICE HIGHTOWERSaturday Math Academy
DION COOK
DION COOKSummer Camp
EVELYN COOK
EVELYN COOKSummer Camp
KRISTOPHER GREEN
KRISTOPHER GREENSummer Camp
APRIL KRUBALLY
APRIL KRUBALLYSummer Camp

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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