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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:

 

MARCUS STIDHAM, Assistant Center Director 

Marcus graduated from University of California, Riverside with a degree in Computational Mathematics.  He is patient, persistent, loves teaching and enjoys being around kids very much.  Children responds to Marcus positively. "Being an instructor allows me to see first hand how learning works, and the different approaches to learning people take.  On top of it all, I believe math education is very important to everyone."  ​

 

 

SAMANTHA ROJALES, Senior Learning Center Instructor

Sam as fondly called by the students, graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Structural Engineering and Theatrical Design.  Sam has the passion in both math and teaching.  She enjoys getting to know each student individually and see how they grow and develop confidence in dealing with the math concepts they find difficult in the beginning.

 

 

   

    

 SKY KADAKIA, Senior Learning  Center Instructor

 Shailesh - affectionately called by the students as Sky, graduated from the University of  Texas, Austin with a Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Sky has  been teaching math for the past three (3) years at other Mathnasiums (Carlsbad and  San  Marcos).  He enjoys teaching Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus to  students  of Middle School and High School levels.  At Mathnasium, there are ample of  opportunities to teach kids as well as mature students.  For Sky: " As an instructor, it  helps  when you breakdown problems in simple operations and in coversation mix  real life examples while teaching.  The best part of working at Mathnasium is you meet  lots of students who possess different levels of skills and therefore post special challenges for coaching them. "  One of Sky's natural strength is to partition complex problems and explain their solutions to students by using elementary concepts.  He gets satisfaction when students apply the skills and tools he introduced to solve sophisticated problems in Mathematics and Science.  Outside Mathnasium, Sky has authored and published books about Light wave physics and Astronomy.

  

 JOSEPH MISSIER, Senior Learning  Center Instructor 

 Joe, as fondly called by the students, graduated from the University of California San  Diego  with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He has always been passionate  about math and  have been involved with tutoring or helping others throughout his  entire education.  Joe really enjoys tutoring and helping others with math. He learned  that there isn't a single  method to teaching a concept, and each student learns in a  different way.  For Joe: "  Once you find the best method for each student, its  surprising how quickly they learn new ideas and reach conclusions on their own... The  best part of working at Mathnasium is being able to help empower students with the  necessary skills or mindset and then watching them apply it to solve problems, that they weren't able to previously on their own."

 

JASON KELLY, Learning  Center Instructor  (Level 2)

Jason is currently is an aspiring Electrical Engineer at UCSD.  He is proficient in and can tutor basic arithmetic, trigonometry, algebra, calculus AB and BC, multivariable calculus, linear algebra and elementary differential equations.  Jason has been an instructor at Mathnasium of Carlsbad before he joined Rancho Penaquitos team. He finds teaching math to be very rewarding. Seeing studens go from being unsure and hesitant in doing math to being confident and with good sense of numbers.  Knowing he has been a part of it for him makes it even better.  "I know too well how math can be a frustrating experience, so being able to make a difference in their learning is great. I've seen so many students have improvements in their attitudes and grades across the board just from improving in math. I've learned that even a little help and improvement in mathematics can spill over into improving the rest of a kid's life."

 

ZOE NAVAPANICH,  Learning  Center Instructor 

Zoe is a graduating high school senior at Westview Highschool.  She has taken advanced math all throughout her educational career and have completed through AP Statistics, including AP Calculus AB and BC.  Zoe will be attending USC next year for Biochemistry, and plan on pursuing higher math there.  She has tutored high school students in math for the past three years through Peer Counseling and worked with teaching elementary schoolers as well.

"I love tutoring children because I like doing math, and I like helping math make sense to those who struggle with it. Children are especially fun to teach because you really get to help set a foundation for their later success.  My favorite part of working at Mathnasium is the opportunity to see the diverse and creative ways each student approaches their work and encouraging their unique understanding of different materials. In school a lot of times, kids are encouraged to think about math in only one way, but I think we do a good job of fostering students' creativity, which I really like."

 

ELIJAH GROSS-SABLE,  Learning  Center Instructor 

 Elijah is a Senior at Torrey Pines Highschool.  He began tutoring math when he was a  junior.  He taught kids privately living in and around DelMar.  He joined the team to  cultivate his fondness in teaching kids.  He loved the vibrant and curious atmosphere  at Mathnasium.  He finds tutoring math to have more immediate gratification than  any other job as students begin to pick up concepts very quickly given the right  support.  Elijah is looking forward to attend UCLA and major in Financial Actuarial  Mathematics next year.

 For Elijah "Mathnasium has helped me to be more patiend and understand towards  the needs of others.  I have learned how to approach problems from varying angles.  I have found that no two students' needs are exactly the same, so sometimes even a  slight change in approach can make a big impact on a student's understanding."