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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:

Sue Kwon, Owner/Chief Education Officer

Sue, a certified Texas educator has over 18 years of experience in teaching. She is certified to teach Math as well as Composite Social Studies in Texas. As a math tutor in college, she enjoyed helping middle and high school students develop a solid understanding of fundamental math concepts and skills. She also taught Child Education at the community college in S. Korea. Sue graduated with a B. A. in Education and ended her classroom teaching career at a public high school in Houston in the summer of 2006.

She is thrilled to expand her desire to teach children beyond the public school system. Sue believes that a solid foundation in math is vital for today's children to succeed in their future endeavors and is excited to introduce Mathnasium to her neighborhood children in Katy. She is looking forward to bringing her students' potential to the maximum and offering them the opportunity to experience the fun of math and develop successful problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Sue has been very fortunate to travel many countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia & New Zealand, and Canada. She continues to learn from people she meets every day of her life.

Yimin Sun, Center Director

Majoring in applied mathematics, Yimin received a Master's degree from University of Houston and received his bachelor's degree in Statistics in 2005 in China.  Yimin has been working in Mathnasium for more than six years as a math instructor and with his experience and knowledge, he has been helping many high school students as well as college students to be successful at school. Yimin is very familiar with Texas math curriculum.

With love of Math, Yimin cannot live a day without thinking about a math problem. He believes that one of the best parts of his life is when he has students with "Ah-ha!" moments because of his efforts. Yimin also wants to assure his students to achieve not only learning math but also the right attitude towards math, while working with him. Yimin loves to travel and besides his hometown, Shanghai, he has visited almost all parts of China.

Daniel O'Donnell, Math Instructor

Daniel O’Donnell began tutoring fellow students more than thirty years ago while he was majoring in mathematics and working towards his Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Texas State University. After earning his degree and Teaching Certification, he taught high school for five years and then returned to Texas State and earned his Master’s in Education, majoring in mathematics. He then went on to teach and tutor in college for fifteen years. While students may believe that math is difficult and it doesn’t make sense, Daniel has been teaching and tutoring with the belief that math does make sense and once students gain a conceptual understanding of math then it is easy and even fun!

Jorge A. Laris, Math Instructor

Jorge has an Associate's degree in Science, and currently working on a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics at U of H. Has been tutoring math privately since 2006 and believes that math is a subject everybody can eventually understand. Math is logic and problem solving for reasons, not memorization of methods and formulas. Jorge worked mostly with high school students in Algebra, Geometry, but also had tutored college students as well as junior high school students.

Jorge's goal is to become a high school math teacher and wants to help students build a strong math foundation they will need in college.

Lisa Reynolds, Math Instructor

Prior to earning Texas Educator Certifications to teach Early Childhood through Eighth Grade as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) students, Lisa worked in the energy, construction, and telecommunications sectors. These experiences provide a unique perspective from which she creates differentiated lessons with practical applications.  She enjoys helping students review, apply, and build on math skills, and she delights in finding new approaches to teaching students who may learn math differently.

Gagan Kehal, Math Instructor

Gagan holds a bachelor and master’s degree in Computer Science. Before starting at Mathnasium in July 2016, she taught graduate level math-related courses at an engineering school for several years.

Gagan strongly believes that math is used in everyday life and aims to make this skill set a strength for all her students. Helping students learn to perform basic functions such as counting money, telling time, understanding fractions and addition/subtraction allows them to utilize these skills daily.  Thus, she teaches students with an objective to help develop their stronger grasp on mathematical fundamentals which thereby sets up a learning stage early on in their career.

 Gagan loves Mathnasium as it provides the right environment and equips all instructors with tools and resources needed to make math learning a fun-filled activity. Using proper techniques developed by Mathnasium to teach all aspects of Math makes it a lot easier, efficient and productive for students to learn.

Kiran Makhnejia, Math Instructor

Kiran recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and a business foundations certificateIn her free time, she loves running, creating paintings, and listening to podcasts. While currently focused on attending dental school, Kiran is enjoying working at Mathnasium because it allows her the opportunity to give back to the city she grew up in. Math is her strong suit and she hopes that every student is just as excited as her about it! She also hopes to help prepare students with math so they can build a strong skill set on their path to college

Sofia Siddiq, Math Instructor

Sofia Siddiq is a graduate from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Currently prepping for medical school, Sofia values her time at Mathnasium and sees it as an opportunity to interact with students who are eager to learn. She believes that math is the foundation for all natural sciences and an integral component of a complete education, especially since the ability to do math skillfully can differentiate one student from another. Sofia hopes to teach math in applicable situations to show that it has an important function in a student’s everyday life. Though it might seem like a scary topic at first, she wants to show that it can be as easy as 3.1415926535… Sofia likes to spend her free time reading, gardening, and thinking up sin-ful math puns.

Craig Parker, Math Instructor

 Craig is a Junior at the University of Houston, where he is majoring Chemical Engineering. While in high school, he competed on both the math and science teams, placing 2nd in the district during his senior year on the math team. He graduated with honors in the top 5% of his class from Cinco Ranch High School. From his time spent competing on the math and science teams in high school, Craig has come to realize the importance of creativity within the realm of logic and reason. For him, teaching math is not just about teaching a straight-forward set of abstract number rules, but also how to manipulate those rules in intricate and useful ways.