Lake Norman & Mooresville

Making math + mime = a fun lesson

Some people are right brain thinkers while some are left brain thinkers.

Tim Chartier of Davidson has developed a program called "mime-matics" that combines the use of both sides of the brain. Chartier is an associate professor of mathematics at Davidson College and has been on staff since 2003.

"I do look at the world both mathematically and artistically," said Chartier, who claims to equally think with his right and left brain. He creatively combines his passion for pantomime with his knowledge of mathematics and has developed his performance mime-matics that promotes the learning of math.

Chartier and his wife, Tanya, perform their show across the United States for audiences of all ages. They recently attended the National Performing Arts Conference and performed at the World Science Festival in New York City, as well as visiting local area elementary schools, colleges, churches and the Discovery Place.

Chartier is the son of two very supportive seminary teachers, who also live in the area. He began showing interest in puppetry at the age of 9. He performed his first puppet show at age 10.

His interests also include juggling and pantomime. He studied under Marcel Marceau, expanding on what he learned and further developing his own approach and performance.

By the age of 18, Chartier took his show on the road and was performing around the state of Michigan. A year later, he went international.

In 2007, he received the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member from the Mathematical Association of America.

He also writes his own math blog that can be viewed at forum.davidson.edu/mathmovement. Chartier is working on writing a math book and has also done some writing for text books.

When Chartier was a teen, he met his wife, Tanya, at one of his performances. Tanya went on tour with Chartier helping out and performing odd jobs. Eventually, they began performing together and paid for their wedding with their tour earnings. They have two children, a 3-year-old daughter and a 7-year old son. Tanya is an educational therapist at the Davidson Center.

When Chartier is not teaching math or performing mime, he enjoys spending time with his family. His hobbies include running, mountain biking, juggling and calligraphy.

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