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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:

Center DirectorTommy Najarian, Owner/Center Director

Tommy earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA, Tommy worked as a Mechanical Engineer and a Technologist in the Aerospace and Defense industry. While attending UCLA, Tommy developed a passion for teaching after tutoring underrepresented college students in the subjects of math and physics. His desire to teach and help the children in his community led him to open a Mathnasium Center.

When he is not working, Tommy enjoys keeping fit by playing basketball, practicing Yoga, and lifting weights. He also loves to travel and enjoys life with family and friends.


Kelbi Redquest, Instructor

Kelbi is an engineering student at San Diego State University. She graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 2014. While attending Patrick Henry, she took various AP classes such as Calculus AB and BC as well as chemistry and art history. She has always enjoyed her math and science classes and has been tutoring since she was 16 years old. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers through SDSU. She is working to earn her B.S. in Environmental Engineering with a minor in chemistry and wants to one day work on finding renewable fuels and help solve the energy crisis.

In her free time, Kelbi enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as hiking, running, playing beach volleyball and keeping active. She also enjoys cooking and loves to find new recipes.


Saul Montano, Instructor

Saul is currently attending San Diego State University and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. He first started tutoring his peers back in high school. Since then, Saul has been working with students from K-12 and college. He is very passionate about teaching and learning. He wants to leverage his love of math and eventually work with rockets and sending things to space. His biggest dream, if given the opportunity, is to be an astronaut and go out into space. After retiring from aerospace, he wants to continue teaching math to students.

During his free time, Saul likes working out, listening to music, dancing, keeping up with new technology in the news, and socializing with friends.


Kimberly Kuykendall, Instructor

Kimberly graduated from San Diego State University where she majored in Computer Engineering. Her love for math began in elementary school after participating in a Math Olympics competition and placing 4th in the city. As a freshman in college, she began volunteer tutoring to help local kids in the community and later worked at a high school helping students with learning disabilities understand math. Over the years she has learned how to effectively explain concepts and still enjoys seeing a student’s face when they full understand the math that they are doing.

In her free time, Kimberly loves all things music: playing instruments, singing and writing songs, as well as volunteering with local organizations to put on conferences for young girls to become interested in math and science.


Jake Stetter, Instructor

Jake is currently a freshman at San Diego State working to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. Jake hopes to continue studying math at the graduate level, and later work as a mathematical consultant. Jake has a passion for math and teaching has always been something that comes naturally to him.

In his free time, Jake enjoys surfing, snowboarding, traveling, eating good Mexican food, and watching baseball.


Volunteer InstructorHeather Weadow, Instructor

 

 

 


Volunteer InstructorKyle Aston, Instructor

 Kyle recently graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics, and in the future hopes to obtain a Master's degree in Interpretation and Translation and/or in Linguistics. In high school he took many AP classes, including Calculus AB and BC, as well as tutored junior high and other high school students. Since then, he has had a passion for learning and helping others learn in a way that makes sense to them. 

In his free time, Kyle likes to travel, learn languages, listen to music, and spend time with friends.


Volunteer InstructorAlana Ghanim, Instructor

Alana is a premed student at San Diego State University, working on getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She started tutoring various levels of math at the age of 16 and continued to tutor her peers throughout college. She loves working with kids of all ages and plans to attend medical school in 2017 to become a Pediatrician. 

 

In her spare time, Alana volunteers at an orphanage and clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. She also enjoys baking, reading and spending time with family. 


Volunteer InstructorLars Torkelson, Instructor

Lars is an Applied Mathematics student at San Diego State University. He graduated Lincoln-Way Central High School, in the suburbs of Chicago, in 2014. During his tenure there, he took part in Mathletes and took multiple AP classes. Besides a major in math, Lars is minoring in Child & Family Development, as well as being in the Honors College. He has worked various jobs involving children and education since the age of 15. He is working towards his teaching credentials in order to teach math at a high school level. He plans to pursue a Masters in Education, but ultimately plans on becoming an astronaut.

In his spare time, Lars spends time playing volleyball and basketball with friends, as well as cooking, following the NBA, magic, and trying to make others laugh.


Volunteer InstructorSilas Stewart, Instructor

 

 

 

 


Volunteer InstructorMary Popko, Instructor

Mary is currently attending San Diego State University and majoring in Statistics. She graduated from Grossmont High School in 2013, where she took classes such as AP Calculus AB and AP Statistics. She began tutoring math to her peers in high school and has worked with students of all ages since then. She loves working with children and plans to become a middle school teacher. 

In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, hiking, and trying new foods.


Volunteer InstructorAliesha Vaccaro, Volunteer Instructor

Alisha graduated from Cal State University, Sacramento with a degree in liberal arts and a teaching credential. She is currently a sonar technician in the US Navy. Aliesha started instructing at Mathnasium in August 2012.

Aliesha's hobbies include playing tennis and volleyball, reading, playing the piano, and of course doing Math!