After completing her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Martha Swallow taught humanities in the public schools and served as an administrator for a private school where she developed curriculum and provided development for the teaching staff. Over the past ten years Martha has provided College Advising and Essay Writing support to college-bound students and their families. Martha participated in the College Counseling Certification Program at UCLA and continues building her resources and connections through professional development and college counselor networks. Her thoughtful personalized approach provides students a path to confidence and success.
Before founding Prime Numbers, Rena Pitasky spent over ten years working in math education in the Issaquah School District, first as a math teacher and then as the district’s Secondary Math Specialist. In that role, Rena was responsible for all aspects of mathematics teaching and learning for middle schools and high schools in the district. Rena is a National Board certified teacher in Early Adolescence Mathematics, and holds endorsements in K-8 Elementary Education, Middle Grades Mathematics, and High School Mathematics. Rena holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics in Marketing and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently completing a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska. Rena loves math and hopes to instill that love for math in all her students!
Prime Numbers was founded in 2014 by local educators Rena Pitasky and Martha Swallow. For many years, all classes and tutoring were held in person at our Issaquah Highlands location. Originally focused only on math enrichment and support, our services expanded over the years. We've helped hundreds of middle and high school students with math, reading, writing, test prep, college admissions, study skills, and more. In 2020 we went virtual for the first time, and learned how powerful high quality individual online tutoring can be. In 2022 we closed our physical location to focus solely on virtual learning. Now we are offering concierge tutoring, where families can flexibly schedule their own private tutoring appointments.