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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:

Abby Jacobson, Center Director

 Abby got her B.S. in Mathematics from Notre Dame of Maryland University and continued her education at NDMU to earn her M.S. in Analytics in Knowledge Management. Abby has been a Center Director for two years. She loves working at Mathnasium because it combines her two passions: working with children and math. Abby has extensive experience working with children as a nanny, being a YMCA summer camp counselor, and teaching tennis lessons. Abby was a Mathnasium Instructor for a year before becoming a Center Director and truly believes in the Mathnasium Method. Abby's life-long goal is to rid the world of math anxiety one student at a time. 


Kaitlynn Lilly, Instructor

Kaitlynn is a Senior at Severna Park High School. She has completed all Common Core math through AP Calculus AB/BC and is currently taking AP Stats. She wants to go to the University of Maryland College Park. Kaitlynn has always had a passion for math and loves children so this job was perfect for her.

Favorite number: 4 because my friend made a fake proof to show that 4 > infinity

Favorite math joke: My advice to all potential students...become Roman, X is always 10!

Interesting fact: I play the viola as well as a varsity track and field athlete. (Shotput and discus, 11th in the state). I also have an obsession with crab chips!

Hannah Sherwood, Instructor

 Hanna is currently attending UMBC pursuing a degree in biochemistry. She has been instructing at Mathnasium for close to three years. Hannah likes to help students understand things. Sometimes when she is trying to come up with a new way of explaining things, she will figure out someting new about the topic that she had never realized before.

Favorite number: 91 because it looks like a prime number but is actually equal to 7 * 13.

Favorite math joke: We know that six was afraid of seven because seven ate nine....but WHY did seven eat nine? Because you're supposed to have three squared meals a day!

Interesting fact: I love fantasy and scifi. Terry Pratchett is one of my favorites.

Jackie Juergensen, Instructor

Jackie is a Senior at Severna Park High School. She will be attending the University of Maryland College Park in Fall of 2018, majoring in mathematics on the statistics track. Working at Mathnasium combines Jackie's two favorite things: working with kids and teaching math. She loves math and loves being able to spread her love of math to others.

Favorite number: 51 because my birthday is 3/17 and 51 is a product of those two numbers. I also 51 because many people think it is prime but it is actually not!

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Intersting fact: I have played the violin for 10 years.

Leah Burkhardt, Instructor

Leah attends Broadneck High school. She is currently taking Pre-Calculus and Statistics and has taken up through Algebra II. Leah likes working with kids individually, especially in a subject that she has always loved.

Favorite number: 12 because it is used in multiple real world settings.

Favorite math joke: Does tunafish + tunafish = fournafish?

Intersting fact: I play the bass drum in the marching band.

Erin Lerew, Instructor

Erin was homeschooled through highschool and now attends Towson University. She is getting her degree in Kinesiology and has taken up through College Algebra as well as Physics I and II. At Mathnasium, Erin gets the opportunity to work with kids of all ages, help improve their math skills, and learn to love math.

Favorite number: 7 because I alwasy got #7 on all of my sports jerseys. Plus it's a cool number!

Favorite math joke: Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7, 8, 9!

Interesting fact: Physics is my favorite subject.

Tom Gleason, Instructor

Tom attends Archbishop Spalding HS and plans to attend the University of Maryland, College Park. He has taken courses up through AP AB Calculus and is currently enrolled in BC Calculus. He attends math league and county competitions on occasion to test his problem solving skills. Tom enjoys giving others tools that they will be using for the rest of their lives. Perhaps it won't seem like math, but reasoning and problem solving skills never go uneeded in the future.

Favorite number: I try not to discriminate. All numbers have interesting aspects which are thoroughly explored on channels such as Numberphile.

Favorite math joke: A calculus joke...I like to stick lines through curves in a perpendicular that normal?

Interesting fact: I slept on the floor for over 2 years as an experiement in spartan living.

Annabel Lane, Instructor

Scott Byerly, Instructor

Sander Miller, Instructor

Sander is a Senior at Broadneck Highschool and hopes to attend Olin College of Engineering next fall. Sander likes working at Mathnasium because he loves seeing a student's face when they finally understand a concept.

Favorite number: 103, I don't know why.

Favorite math joke: A farmer counted 197 sheep but when he rounded them up, there were 200.

Interesting fact: I am on the high school sailing team.

Marian Barry, Instructor

Steven Shin, Instructor

Steven is a student at Archbishop Spalding High School. He has always loved math and is excited to help others learn. Outside of academics, Steven plays soccer and runs track. He also enjoys skiing and water skiing.

Tanya Mikhailova, Instructor

Tanya currently attends North Carolina State University and is double-majoring in Mathematics and Civil Engineering. Maryland is her home state, and she always enjoys coming home. Tanya loves math and enjoys helping children be their best. She has years of experience working with children and young adults, and she looks forward to teaching math.

Jenna Kahn, Instructor

Jenna graduated from Towson University with a degree in English in December 2016. Before coming to Mathnasium, she worked as a one-on-one instructor for children and young adults with autism. Jenna loves helping students see the applications of math in their everyday lives. She especially enjoys teaching algebra because it is like its own language with special rules that allow you to solve puzzles. In her free time, Jenna walks dogs, reads novels, and writes personal essays.