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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 Director/OwnerShannon Danielson, Center Director/Owner

I graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, I worked for fifteen years in the engineering and technology industry. I have volunteered extensively in the local schools, working with students in reading and math. I have been married for 28 years, and we have two sons, David, a junior at Davidson College majoring in Math and Economics, and Patrick a freshman at Davidson College.  Sharing my passion for math and learning with the instructors and the students makes this one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had.  

Paula, Assistant Center Director

I am a graduate of the University of South Florida where I majored in Economics with a minor in International Studies. I am originally from Curitiba, a city in the south of Brazil, where I spent most of my life. I went to high school in Brazil where I attended a program which qualified me as a technician in small business administration in addition to covering regular high school curriculum. I moved to the United States in 2014  in order to obtain my undergraduate education. During my time at USF I took Finite Math, College Algebra, Business Calculus, Calculus I and Business Statistics I and II. Economics is a major entirely based on math and logical thinking: it demands a strong knowledge and familiarity with algebra and calculus. I have grown to love math and the rationale behind it, which makes Mathnasium the perfect place for me! In addition to that, I have had tutoring experience working for the USF Athletics department, where I tutored athletes on Economics and Math related coursework, and for the INTO USF Tutoring center for almost two years. Outside of academics and work, I am very passionate about traveling, learning new languages (I speak 3 of them and always aspire to learn more!), spending time with my family and listening to music. The best thing about working at Mathnasium is watching students' math skills improve and being part of the team who facilitates that!

Shana, Director of Marketing

I am a graduate of the The Ohio State University with a BA in Communications.   After college, I worked for the San Francisco 49ers and  the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Marketing department.  I have one son, who is currently attending Marymount Mannhattan College in New York City.  I enjoy working with the schools, educating people about the benefits of a strong math foundation.  I love the beach and walking my Jack Russell, Olivia, down Bayshore in the mornings.

Camille, Lead Instructor

I am currently a freshman at the University of South Florida majoring in business analytics and information systems.  I went to World Class Kiteboard Academy where I had the chance to not only travel around the world but also complete Calculus AB.  I have always been passionate about math as I love finding the solution to different problems and see how they are used in our daily life.  Apart from that, I enjoy going out the the beach, surfing, and most of all, traveling to see different cultures.  The best part of teaching at Mathnasium is seeing children coming in to solve more and more complex problems.

Ryan, Lead Instructor

I am currently working towards Master's of Economics at USF, after receiving my bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Tampa. In my economics classes I am applying the math that I teach at the center to real life scenarios.  I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, but moved to Florida to get away from the snow and cold.  When I am not at school or at work, I am a huge baseball fan; my favorite team is my hometown Colorado Rockies, with the Tampa Bay Rays a close second.

Tyler, Lead Instructor

I am a mechanical engineering student at USF Tampa and I really love discovering how things in our world work. Even more than that I enjoy explaining the things I have learned to anyone who will listen to me ramble on. Any chance I get to teach someone something new and interesting, I take it. I have worked at Mathnasium since the summer of 2016 and have loved every day of it so far. Seeing children improve their skills in math and knowing I helped with that brings a ton of joy to my life. I feel as though by helping kids learn their math and teaching them how to approach the subject with more enthusiasm, I am helping to make them the ones who will grow up to change the world.

Wilman, Lead Instructor

I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2012 and recently achieved a degree in software development.  In high school, I absolutely loved participating in math competitions, especially the national level ones, because we had the chance to visit other states with our fellow classmates.  Having first tutored students in mathematics back in high school for community service hours, I have over 10 years’ experience in tutoring this subject.  I love working at Mathnasium because of the positive learning environment.  The students are not the only ones benefiting from their experience here; the instructors feel privileged and honored to have been part of the students’ growth in mathematical comprehension and confidence in problem solving.

Alicia, Instructor

I’m currently a freshman at the University of Tampa. I'm majoring in Finance. I’m originally from Newtown, Connecticut, and I am a huge patriots fan. I attended Holy Cross High School and graduated as a part of National Honors Society in 2017. In high school, I took AP Calculus and passed with an A. When I’m older, I’d like to pursue a career working in a hedge fund since I have always been interested in the stock market and the way that it works. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends, and I love playing piano, watching sports games and playing soccer. I enjoy working here at Mathnasium because I love helping students see a topic they do not understand in a new light. They get to see a different perspective than a classroom full of other students, and get the help they need in order to excell in the topic they are stuggling with. 

Anxhelo, Instructor

I’m currently a sophomore at the University of South Florida in Tampa. I’m majoring in physics with a minor in mathematics. I’m originally from Clearwater, Florida, and I attended Largo High School and graduated in 2016. In high school, I took AP Calculus BC and AP Statistics and scored a 5 on both exams. When I’m older, I’d like to pursue a career in meteorology since I’ve always been passionate about weather and math/science in general. In my free time, I love to hang out with my friends and family and discover new places. I really enjoy working at Mathnasium because I love helping other students understand what can often be a difficult subject to grasp. At the end of the day, knowing that I helped even just one more student understand their math homework and gain extra confidence in their abilities provides all the satisfaction in the world. 

DayVon, Instructor

I am a graduate student at the University of South Florida studying mathematics.  I am originally from the Bronx, New York and went to the Highschool for Math Science and Engineering at New York City College.  Prior to working at Mathnasium, I was an AVID Tutor for Rampello as well as a tutor for the ACE center for undergrad at the University of Tampa. I have a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, was former President of the Math Club and Math Honor Society at UT, and have won outstanding math student three times while at my time at University of Tampa. I love working at Mathnasium because I love math and I want to help so that other people at the very least enjoy math and see its importance.

Hannah, Instructor

I am a junior at Plant High School , last year I earned a 4.0 unweighted GPA with an A in Pre-Calculus. I was raised in Gainesville Florida and am a huge UF football fan and a even larger fan of the Mets in New York. I enjoy travelling, hiking and camping with my dad, the best trip of my life was this summer when my dad and I went to Peru and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. In my free time I like reading, swimming , hanging out with my best friend and golfing. I love chemistry, math and environmental science. I really enjoy working at Mathnasium because I love teaching the kids and watching them grow in confidence and math skills.

Jessie, Instructor

I am a senior at Plant High School. I took AP Calculus BC last year and I am currently taking AP Statistics and Calculus III for Engineering at USF. At Plant, I am the co-president of National Beta Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. Outside of school and work, I enjoy all forms of art and performance. I freelance as an artist and I go to exhibitions and shows whenever I can. I also love cooking, reading, and watching movies. I love math because it can be a logical way to represent complicated, real-life things and I enjoy working at Mathnasium because I like watching people become more confident in themselves and their skills.

Lauren, Instructor

I am a senior at Tampa Prep and I am in Honors Calculus. At school, I am in National Honor Society and a student run club called X-Out Cancer. Outside of work and school, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, as well as camping, fishing, going to the beach, and most of all traveling. During my free time, I also enjoy volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries. I have always wanted to help my friends with math because I wanted any excuse to solve more problems. I also knew I wanted to work with kids because for two summers I worked as a Junior Counselor at Camp Terrapin. I enjoy working at Mathnasium because I love watching kids become more confident and build their skills in math. 

Luke, Instructor

I have an Associate of Arts from Hillsborough Community College. I plan to go to the University of South Florida for a Bachelors and subsequently Masters in Statistics, but currently I’m taking a gap semester to focus on my job at Mathnasium. Back in 2015, I graduated from H.B. Plant High School with honors and a plethora of college credits.Throughout high school, I was deeply involved in the Latin, Youth in Government and Rowing clubs. As for standardized testing, I got 5s on my Calculus and Statistics AP exams and a 2150 on my SAT with a 780 on the Math section. Even in Middle School I attended the Duke TIP program for Robotics and Mathematical Analysis. I have excelled in Math my whole life and I want to help students succeed in math like I did.


Max F., Instructor

I am a junior at Plant High School, I am currently enrolled in AP Calculus BC and last year, I earned an A in Pre-Calculus, as well as earning a 32 on the ACT in mathematics as an incoming sophomore. Prior to working at Mathnasium, I worked as a counselor at Camp Warrior in Crawfordville, FL for two summers, where I was a lead counselor in my cabins and possibly the Director of Boy Campers next summer. Along with working at Mathnasium, I am taking 7 AP courses at school, the editor-in-chief of my school’s literary magazine and on board for chess club. Outside of school, I like to read books, watch movies, and play basketball with my friends. I work at Mathnasium because I am considering working with children in the future.

Max S., Instructor

I am currently a senior at Berkeley Prep, who joined Mathnasium this past summer. I scored a 790 on the math section of the SAT, and an 800 on the Math II SAT Subject Test. I took AP Calculus AB this past year, earning a 5 on the exam. I am currently taking AP Calculus BC and AP Statistics. I am also a part of the math club. I serve as a math, science, and English tutor at Berkeley. I am a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society (Math Honor Society), Science Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and National Honor Society. I volunteer with the Berkeley Academy, a summer school program for underprivileged students. In this program, I designed and taught my own math class. In my free time, I play soccer for Berkeley as well as run track and field, play guitar, and play golf. I am a huge Lightning, Rays, Buccaneers, and Gators fan. I like working at Mathnasuim because I enjoy helping others. Tutoring students allows them to not only improve their math skills, but also helps them gain confidence. It brings me joy watching students improve every day they come in to learn!

Rachel, Instructor

I am currently a sophomore at the University of South Florida. I am majoring in Biomedical Science with minors in biomedical physics and biomedical engineering. Recently, I finished Calculus II and received an A in Calculus I last fall. I am originally from Jupiter, Florida, and am a class of 2016 graduate of Suncoast Community High School where I was a part of the computer science program. When I graduate, I hope to attend medical school and become a surgeon. In my free time, I volunteer at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, scuba dive, and enjoy 3D printing various animals in USF’s 3D lab. I enjoy working at Mathnasium because I love seeing children succeed at something they once struggled with. I want them to find math as pleasant as I do so that they can continue more confidently.

Roger, Instructor

I am a second year student at USF majoring in Business Management with a minor in finance. At USF, I'm a member of the Business Advisory Board and also participate in other extracurricular activities. I graduated from Clearwater High School with honors. While attending Clearwater High, I was member of the National Honor Society and president of the cultural club for three years. After school, I would volunteer at elementary schools tutoring math and reading to students K-5. I truly enjoy tutoring and helping out whenever I can. Being at Mathnasium makes me happy since I get to work with students in a warm and welcoming environment where both students and instructors alike get the chance to talk about Math. Students come here to learn math with a fun and energetic vibe. Outside of Mathnasium, I also work in both fields of management/finance to keep things interesting!

Tessa, Instructor

I am currently a sophomore at the University of Tampa majoring in nursing, and I have been working at Mathnasium since March of 2017.  I grew up in Durango, a beautiful small town in southwest Colorado. I graduated from high school in May of 2015, and chose to come to Florida to leave the snow behind for warmth and the surrounding beaches. In addition to my high school math classes, I have recently succeeded in college algebra. Prior to working at Mathnasium I was a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters,  Animas High School Mentors, an  Assembly Leader, an Ambassador for my high school and a member of the President’s Leadership Fellows at the University of Tampa. In January of 2017 I completed my National Registry Exam of Emergency Medical Technicians, allowing me to work as an EMT. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family at the lake house, paddle boarding, dancing, and exploring the mountains in my hometown. I love that every day at Mathnasium is different, and the kids always manage to make me laugh. Nothing is more rewarding than to watch students understand and master something new every time I am able to work with them.