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:
Larry Shannon, Center Director/Co-Owner
Larry holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Arizona State University. As an undergraduate, he tutored math for the Athletic Department at CSU and as a graduate student, he taught computer language classes. His early career experiences were with General Electric and Honeywell as a software engineer which included designing, teaching, and managing computer programming and analysis courses. He later launched his own computer systems consulting firm. For the last 21 years, as a senior systems analyst in the world of Child Human Services Information Technology, he was a senior member of the Technical Team for the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Over the years Larry has been involved in teaching and counseling with youth and young adults as a part of his volunteer church service. With his life long passion for math and teaching, he has always kept his eye on math as he tutored his children and numerous grandchildren. Since his college days, he has frequently told his family: "When I grow up, I am going to teach high school math!" Larry brings to the Mathnasium table his love of math; his friendly teaching and presentation skills; his strong ability to bridge knowledge gaps between students and technology; and the understanding of how a child's "math challenges" can destroy self-esteem and close the doors of opportunity and success in their future. He is an enthusiastic player for Mathnasium and is excited about the opportunity and ability to touch the lives of children through the Mathnasium Method. He is committed to improving your child's math skills, and consequently improving their chances for happiness and the potential for their success in the future. Mathnasium builds skills, builds confidence, and builds leaders of tomorrow. Larry is grateful to be on the Mathnasium Team.
Nicholas Snodgrass, Instructor
Nicholas Snodgrass has taken a wide array of math classes; linear algebra, differential equations, all three semesters of calculus, and numerical methods. He is currently enrolled in applied experimental statistics, system dynamics and controls and aerospace structures and materials. He is currently a Junior at ASU, majoring in Aerospace Engineering, and has a 3.75 GPA. Nick tutors in the math lab along with his tutoring at Mathnasium. He enjoys playing in his band (Westcott Avenue), working out and hanging out with friends. Nick enjoys helping others learn math hopes to show students how enjoyable math can be.
Benjamin Bright, Instructor
Ben is currently a student at Glendale Community College studying Pre-Pharmacy. He is currently enrolled in third semester calculus as well as two other advanced level math classes. In his spare time Ben enjoys singing, playing sports and watching movies. He enjoys being able to share his excitement for math with others. He likes working at Mathnasium and seeing the spark in the children's eyes when they have their "AHA" moments - something he sees every day.
Jiagi Wu, Instructor
Jiagi Wu scored 650 on the SAT and 29 on the math section of the ACT. She is currently enrolled in third semester calculus at Glendale Community College. Jiagi is planning to major in biomedical/chemical engineering. She enjoys playing guitar, traveling, puzzles and math jokes. Jiagi loves the environment at Mathnasium. It's a great feeling to help a struggling student understand her favorite subject - math!
Amanda Smith, Instructor
Amanda is a Senior at Centennial High School and is currently enrolled in second semester calculus. She plans on majoring in Biomedical Engineering and material Science Engineering. She enjoys reading and playing sports with friends. Amanda loves interacting with students at Mathnasium. She especially enjoys seeing the "light bulb" moment when they understand a concept.
Jackson Mostoller, Instructor
Jackson Mostoller is a Junior at Mountain Ridge High School and is currently enrolled in his second year of calculus. As a Sophomore, Jackson scored a 5 on his AP calculus exam, the highest possible score. Jackson's hobbies include music, reading and playing lacrosse. Jackson enjoys the opportunity to help others with the skills he has. He is excited to have a job doing what he loves to do!