Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting; our unique approach enables us to explain concepts really well and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn! Read below to learn more about our talented team:
Travis Loeschen, Center Director
Travis is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a minor in secondary education. Formerly, he worked as an 8-12th grade science teacher in the public school system in central Illinois. Education is the pathway to new opportunities and he believes math is essential to being successful in one's personal and professional life. Inspired by his own high school math/science teacher, Travis wants to continue to share those same skills and passions with his students and inspire them to pursue their own careers and interests in STEM fields.
Bobby Tarnowski, Owner
It thrills me to see a young person's face light up when they finally see how math works and is useful in the things they're passionate about. I believe that a solid understanding of mathematics is foundational in our ability to make good life choices, equipping us to live lives with greater independence and accomplishment of our goals. I graduated from St. John's University with a B.A. in Mathematics and continued with a Master's Program in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. Math has been instrumental throughout my career in engineering and management.
Maddie, Assistant Director
Maddie grew up in Prior Lake, MN and currently lives in Minneapolis. She obtained a degree in mathematics from the University of Minnesota. In the past, Maddie has worked with young students as a nanny helping them learn a variety of skills. Here at Mathnasium, she is excited to continue to teach kids math, which is something that she has loved to do since she was young. Her favorite part about math? "We use math everyday whether we realize it or not. I like that everything about math logically makes sense and that there can always be a right answer."
Originally from Shakopee, Jessica now lives in Minneapolis and is attending the U of M Twin Cities in pursuit of a degree, and eventually a Ph.D., in Mathematics. A favorite math exercise of hers is solving logic puzzles - expecially ones that don't involve numbers (she is a whiz at Algegra). When she needs a break, Jessica enjoys her cats, exercising, and superheroes. Jessica points out that math isn't just for engineers and mathematicians, but for problem solving of all kinds - it teaches how to deal with complicated problems by finding and working with their separate parts from different angles. She says math is helpful to her in managing her resources - time, energy, knowledge and tools - and using them to do great things. That's how superheroes do it!
John grew up in The Netherlands and there completed all of his school up to obtaining his Master's degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1977, he and his wife moved to the US. He then spent the next 40 years working all across the USA and Europe for companies such as Pillsbury and General Mills in the field of international supply chain management . John has now settled here in St Louis Park to be close to his grandchildren. When not working as part of our team here at Mathnasium, John enjoys philosophy, classical music, foreign travel, good food and soccer. John is excited to have the opportunity to stimulate primary and high school students in their skill and passion for Math. "I like math because of its simplicity. It allows me to deal with complex issues by recognising simpler components and similarities to problems I've already solved."
Jonathan grew up on a small farm in Puyallup, WA, but now lives in Minneapolis with his wife, who is also a math teacher! Currently, Jonathan is pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Math at UMN, and has the ultimate goal of working as an actuary. In his spare time Jonathan enjoys woodworking and improving his house. Eventually he hopes to purchase some land to start his own farm here in Minnesota. "We use math everywhere without thinking about it. A better understanding in math leads to greater success in any field!"
Originally from Maple Grove, Matt now lives in Minneapolis. He recently earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois - Springfield. Matt tries to always learn more than he knew yesterday and has the goal of creating, applying, and teaching software technology. Making the most of Minnesota weather year round, Matt likes to stay active with cross-country skiing in the winter and mountain biking and running in the summer. Matt thinks that understanding math promotes logical problem solving skills that can be applied to many aspects of life. "Without math, I wouldn't be able to understand computer science or develop software very well. Mathnasium allows me to make a positive impact on the community by helping others understand and appreciate a complex subject. It's fun to teach and learn together!"
Mik has grown up here in Minnesota for most of his life, but spent a few years of middle school in Rockport, TX. He obtained his bachelor's degree in mathematics and a physics minor from the University of Minnesota. Later, he obtained his 5th-12th grade teaching license in mathematics and has taught various levels of high school math the last several years. Now Mik is looking to pursue a master's degree in order to teach at the college level, and is using Mathnasium as an opportunity to keep his teaching skills fresh! When not teaching or in school, Mik enjoys teaching himself new programming languages. "I think that many students have negative defining experiences throughout their math education that cause them to lose interest or think that they aren't 'math people'. A good math education can help students realize that they are capable of learning math and opens more doors for them throughout their lives!"