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Our Team

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:

Ferdinand Desir II

(The Director)

Ferdinand is the Center Director at Mathnasium of Riverview, FL.  Prior to opening his Mathnasium center, Ferdinand was an engineer serving in the USAF, and worked as a civil and mechanical engineer in construction.  As such, his responsibilities were to build, maintain, and repair USAF infrastructure in the states and abroad.  His largest construction portfolio consisted of over 40 projects worth a combined $450 million.  

He was also a teacher and  mentor as the Director of Operations at the Department of Defense' Louis F. Garland Firefighter Academy in San Angelo, TX.  As the Director he was fortunate to work with firefighter instructors and trainees from all five military services: Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force, and the Coast Guard along with Defense civilian agencies.  

Ferdinand also volunteered to become a summer engineering camp mentor at the Navy's Port Hueneme in California, in conjunction with the Navy SEABEES and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).  

Ferdinand was also selected to teach at the US Military Academy at West Point.  However, due to the needs of the USAF, he was not allowed a curtailment of an overseas assignment in South Korea.

Later in his career he was assigned to the USAF Air Education and Training Command where he was given charge of executing an Air Force-wide energy awareness and conservation training program in coordination with the Undersecretary of the Air Force Energy Director.

After retiring he wanted to continue service to his country and joined the Troops to Teachers program  After attaining a teaching certificate of eligibility in math, he started as a substitute teacher at the Kid's Community College- Southeast campus teaching K through 4th grade.  The Campus Director was so pleased with his teaching and demeanor with the kids that she hired him as the Director of the after-school program Impact Children For Life (ICFL). 

Soon afterwards, it became clear what he wanted to do- teach kids full time and concentrate on math, engineering and sciences.  The idea of the Mathnasium of Riverview was born.

Ferdinand has a way with kids and keeping them focused and curious.  He is very compassionate and wants to see EVERY kid get their fair chance at success through math sense.  

He feels that every kid can succeed at math if they are taught in a way that actually makes sense to them as an individual! 

And at Mathnasium, we make math make sense.

 His credentials :

- Certified instructor at Mathnasium

- Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering

- Master of Science in environmental engineering

- Math Teaching Certificate of eligibility from Florida Department of Education

- Former elementary school substitute teacher and Director of after-school care program

- Published research in the areas of fluid dynamics, heat transfer, rheological properties of simulated nuclear waste

- Fellowship recipient from the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) 

- Air quality engineer in training, for the US EPA, at Research Triangle Park, NC 

- Highly decorated disabled veteran of the USAF serving duty in four war zone deployments


Meet Our Employees

Jhovana Hill

(Jojo)

Subject Matter Expert (SME):

Alegebra I and II

Jhovana was born and raised in Michigan. She, then, moved to Georgia and later, Riverview, Florida. Jhovana Hill is currently a senior at the State College of Florida Collegiate School, which enables her to receive her associates degree at the end of her high school career. During the previous school year, her love of math lead her to become the president of Peer Tutor Club at Florida Virtual School, where she assisted students who struggled in math.

Her end goal is to become a veterinarian. For now, Jhovana spends her time volunteering at the Pet Resource Center whenever she can. She is a part of the National Honor Society and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor society on her school campus. She has also been on the Dean’s List for both of her college semesters.

Jhovana’s love of caring for children started young and persists today. She takes pride in helping others. Jhovana believes that it is important to create a comfortable and encouraging environment for children so they can reach their math goals. She is excited about enhancing math skills and motivating fun learning through Mathnasium.

Leif Tvenstrup

(Viking)

Subject Matter Expert (SME):

Trigonometry

Welcome to Mathnasium! My name is Leif, and I just finished my junior year of high school. I've been enrolled at HCC through the dual-enrollment program, and have taken several higher math courses. I plan on enrolling at Polytechnic University, with a major in Nanotechnology. Mathematics has always been a skill that comes naturally to me, and I love sharing the knowledge I gain with others. I've taught in both formal/informal settings for various students, from high-schoolers to kindergarteners. It is my pleasure to help those who strive for a better education through the Mathnasium program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catelynn Gregory

(Starfire)

Subject Matter Expert (SME):

Calculus

(Calc)

My name is Catelynn, and I am an instructor for Mathnasium of Riverview. I was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area. I recently graduated from East Bay High School as an Honors Graduate. I was a part of the Math National Honors Society and participated in the Algebra Math Bowl.  I am currently a freshman at the State College of Florida pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.

 

Being an instructor at Mathnasium is the perfect job for me. I love math, working with kids, and helping other people. My favorite part about working at Mathnasium is when kids who strive to do well in math learn to love math as well!

Isaac Ranero

(Green Arrow)

Subject Matter Expert (SME):

Differential Equations

(Diff E. Qs)

Isaac Ranero is full time junior in college pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with a minor in advanced mathematics.  He was raised by a military family who has moved from place to place, such as the Kingdom of Bahrain and Germany.  He graduated high school in 2015 from a private academy based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  His plans for the future include obtaining a master's degree in electrical engineering and working for various companies, such as Google or IBM, in the field of research and development.  He enjoys learning mathematics, applying it at any opportunity, and helping others reach their mathematical goals for any subject.

 

Abby Williams

(Green Falcon)

Subject Matter Expert (SME):

Calculus 

(Calc)

Abby is a high school senior at Strawberry Crest High School in the IB Program. She participates in Mu Alpha Theta (this is a math competition team), Science Competitors Club, Roboflag (this is a super awesome capture the flag competition because -wait it gets better- it is done with robots), Science Olympiad. She takes HL math, a selective and fast-paced class in IB, so she will finish Calculus 3 by the time she graduates. Abby is very passionate about math. She admires how all the concepts can connect and apply to each other in ways that increase your understanding. Abby thinks there is an infinite amount of knowledge to be discovered in math, and appreciates that it can be compared to the simplest of concepts. Math is by far her favorite subject, and she plans to continue her studies by becoming an environmental engineer or a math professor. She works well with children by using her background as a baby-sitter, counselor at VBS, and coach at Boyette Sports.

 

College Bound Employees:

Nailah Owens

(Storm)

Now attending FSU

Nailah Owens is a Lead Instructor at the Mathnasium of Riverview. She graduated from East Bay High School in the top 3% of her class, with a 4.0 unweighted GPA. While she was at East Bay, she was highly involved in school activities and programs. She was Captain of the soccer team, Vice President of the Business Club and Treasurer of National Math Honor Society. She is highly proficient in math. She took AP Calculus BC in her senior year; the class is equivalent to Calculus II college class. She is attending college, majoring in Finance.

 

Jordan Rundle

(Hawkeye)

Now attending FSU

Jordan Rundle is an Instructor at the Mathnasium of Riverview. He graduated from Riverview High School in the top 10 of his class, with an unweighted 4.0 GPA. He was the Treasurer of both the National Honor Society and French Honor Society at his school. He has tutored kids kindergarten through eighth grade for three years at the Progress Village Literacy and Mathematics Fluency Center. He is skilled in math, having taken AP Calculus AB in his senior year. He is attending college, majoring in Statistics and Actuarial Science.

 

 

Blaike Rathburn

(Blade)

Now attending UF

Blaike Rathbun is an instructor at the Mathnasium of Riverview. She graduated  from Riverview High School in the top 3 percent of her class. She maintained a 4.0 GPA and enrolled in Advanced Placement and honors math courses throughout her entire high School career. She was treasurer, vice president and soon president of Student Government. She was also involved in National Honor Society and Senior Council. She is attending the University of Florida in the fall and majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

 

 

Brendan  Wheeldun

(Spidey)

Now attending USF

Hi, I’m Brendan Wheeldon, a tutor at your local Mathnasium learning center. I recently completed my senior year at East Bay High School, and I am excited to help kids in our community excel in mathematics. Throughout high school, I’ve sought out the most rigorous math classes offered from Honors Geometry to AP Calculus. I maintained a 4.0 unweighted GPA for all four years and earned the highest SAT score of my class. I was also part of the first team at my school to place in the Hillsborough County Math Bowl. I want to help your child realize his or her full potential and not only succeed in math class, but love it!

 

 

Currently hiring Awesome Math Instructors

NOTE:  Before we hire any instructors, we ask the following questions...

  1. What is your educational/work background?
  2. Why are you passionate about being an instructor at Mathnasium?
  3. Why do you want to teach kids math?

If you meet our qualifications and would like to be considered for instructor duty, please contact us at

1-844- MOR MATH

1-844-667-6284

At Mathnasium of Riverview we believe that MOR MATH is better!