Cobb County

Metro Atlanta teen helps underserved students rise to the top by launching math camp

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A metro Atlanta girl scout is helping younger students succeed in math.

Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen reports she launched a math camp to help students from underserved communities rise to the top.

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If you listen to Gabrielle Tobin for five seconds, you quickly learn what her passion is.

“You can have addition and subtraction. Multiplication and division. But you can also have decimals,” math mentor Tobin said.

“Math has always clicked for me. I really enjoy math,” Tobin said.

She also enjoys teaching it.

“One problem can do two things at once,” Tobin said.

Tobin’s math camp is at the Lovett School along Paces Ferry Road. She’s working with the nonprofit Breakthrough Atlanta to help students from underserved communities improve their math skills.


“We know that students can benefit from learning from other kids. It’s really special for our students to be able to see their future selves in students like Gabby,” Breakthrough Atlanta Executive Director Monique Shields said.

Tobin is also a Girl Scout. She launched her first project during the pandemic. Peer-to-peer videos she called for math’s sake and she formed her own nonprofit called the Forty Mustard Seeds Foundation. It all led to the highest honor in girl scouting, the Gold Award.

“It just blew up and I’m very grateful for it. It was all because of Girl Scouts,” Tobin said.

Tobin will start her senior year in high school in a few weeks in the years ahead, she has her sites set on medical school.

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