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:
Andrew Kelly, Owner/Managing Director
After spending several years as an information technology specialist in corporate America, Andrew is excited to be directing his time and energy into helping students excel in math. Andrew has a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Maine and an MBA in Finance from Rollins College. He served as a weather officer in the Air Force and is a decorated Desert Storm veteran. He also served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a teacher in Kazakhstan, where he gained an appreciation for the profession of teaching and learned to speak fluent Russian. He lives in Palm Harbor where he enjoys spending time on the water with his family and their golden retriever Nikki (who likes to visit the center on occasion).
Robin Belcher, Assistant Center Director
Robin has spent over 23 years as a certified math teacher.
Luis Nogueira, Lead Instructor
Luis is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics at USF. Math has always been a favorite subject of Luis' and he believes its the most important of all subjects! Luis is also a part-time software programmer and has even created a few iPhone apps. When he's not building his own math skills or programming Luis enjoys camping and playing board games.
Fun Fact: Luis is getting married this year!
Favorite Number: 9. On my 9th birthday on December 9th I wore my #9 soccer jersey. It was the best birthday so the number has stuck with me ever since.
Favorite Math Joke: "Parallel lines have so much in common. Its a shame they'll never meet."
Katie Gertz, Instructor
Katie is pursuing her B.S. in Architecture at (or you can just call it MIT :)). She's enjoying spending her time off living in her hometown of Tampa, where she attended Middleton High School's engineering program, was president of the Mu Alpha Theta math team and graduated as the magnet program's Valedictorian. Katie loves helping people learn math, science, music, all sort of things! At MIT she is part of an an a cappella group The Muses, as well as the AEPhi sorority. At home she Katie enjoys singing and reading poetry at open mics, photography and having fun with her family and friends (and of course her two cats!).
Fun Fact: I bought an inflatable kayak when I was 11 (I saved my money for years, I was pretty obsessed with it), and I got SCUBA certified at 12. I love the water!
Favorite Number: As an avid science fiction fan I have many favorite numbers. Obviously 42 is at the top of my list but 1, 4 and 9 come in close seconds. There's 3 in third place and 451 in fourth. If you can tell me what those all mean I'll give you extra reward stamps!
Favorite Math Joke: "A man walks into a restaurant and orders a glass of water. Another man walks in and orders a half a glass of water. More and more people come in and order half as much water as the person before them. The waiter throws up his hands, pours two glasses of water for everyone to share and leaves." (That's a rare calculus math joke!)
I Choose to Work at Mathnasium Because: "I love the Mathnasium teaching philosophy. It lets everyone learn at their own pace with the tools that are right for them. I also love seeing the difference we make in our students' lives. Also the people I work with are caring, nerdy and fun!
Morgan McAnally, Instructor
Morgan was born in Newark, Ohio, where she lived until she was 18. Her next and final destination was Tampa, Florida. Morgan received her B.A. in Mathematics in 2011. After hat she earned her Master's in Pure Mathematics two years later. She is currently working towards her PhD in Mathematics at USF. When she's not helping our kids create passion or math Morgan teaches college algebra at HCC and works as a Teachers Assistant at USF. Morgan spends most of her free time relaxing with friends, doing Crossfit or yoga or reading up on math.
Marcus Hammel, Instructor
Originally from San Jose, California Marcus graduated with a BFA in Art-Graphic Design from Molloy College in Long Island, NY. He has experience in tutoring students in math as well as training players of all ages in soccer. When not teaching young Mathletes Marcus enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons playing and watching sports, going to the beach or having movie nights. His favorite numbers are 7 and 13 and he's always up for a good jumble or crossword puzzle!
Arati Banerjee, Instructor
Arati, a student at H.B. Plant High School, is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society and has a passion for studying science and math and their applications. Prior to joining Mathnasium Arati tutored in science and math and did volunteer work during in summer programs. In her spare time Arati writes computer programs, reads and tackles technology projects, her current one being a submersible aquatic robot.
Kim Leonard, Instructor
Kim has her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Rhode Island (Go Rhody!) but chooses to teach math to humans. She has experience as a tutor in many subjects and is excited to help students conquer math here at Mathnasium.
Fun Fact: My dog and I have matching eyebrows. His are better.
Favorite Number: 22.
Favorite Math Joke: "Math class is the only place where you go to buy 60 watermelons and nobody wonders why."
I Like Working at Mathnasium Because: I want to help kids succeed and not be scared of math!
Olivia Landgraf, Instructor
Olivia is a senior in high school and is enrolled in the Early College Program and Saint Petersburg College. She is the youngest of 3 and has lived in Florida her whole life. ALthough she really loves teaching math she wants to be a doctor one day.
Fun Fact: I am a 4th Degree Black Belt!
Favorite Number: 73, I just always liked how it looked for some reason.
Favorite Math Joke: "Math books are always unhappy because they have a lot of problems."
I Like Working at Mathnasium Because: I love math and I think everyone else is able to love it, someone just as to show them and help them understand how great it is!