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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:

Owner/DirectorLakshmi Kondubhatla, Owner/Director

Lakshmi has a Bachelor's Degree in computer science from India, and a second Bachelor's Degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. While working with a non-profit organization and tutoring middle school students in math, Lakshmi became aware of the achievement gap that exists among school age children and how schools are not able to help every individual overcome the obstacles that keep them from progressing and enjoying math. Lakshmi's father, who is her role model and guide, is a teacher by profession, and has inspired her to follow in his footsteps. She was attracted to Mathnasium because of the difference she can make in a child's life and the chance to inspire them. She has observed that many kids are intimidated and afraid of math and she looks forward to the opportunity to help the children in her community learn to love numbers and math as she does. Lakshmi feels blessed with a wonderful family and enjoys spending time with them and doing crosswords and sudoku puzzles in her spare time.


John Steinhardt, Instructor

John Steinhardt has been teaching for over 30 years. He has a B.A in Math and a Masters in Education. He taught in New York State before moving to Texas in the 1980s. He taught in the public schools in Texas for 28 years at Anderson High School in Austin I.S.D. and Cedar Park Middle School in Leander I.S.D. Currently, he is teaching pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry at St. Theresa's Catholic School. John has a wife who teaches at the University of Texas and two daughters who are both in college.


Michele Seidel, Instructor

Michele Seidel has a B.A. in Mathematics from Hunter College of the City University of New York. She holds a permanent certification for  Secondary Mathematics in Texas. She was employed by the Eanes School District for 5 years. She began working with special needs middle school students in the West Ridge Middle School and then transferred to Westlake High School, where she taught Algebra 1 & 2 . Michele is also an experienced education solution specialist within the K-12 educational technology space, and has worked with the school division of LeapFrog, Sapling Learning, and InfoSnap . Currently, she volunteers with the Assistance League of Austin whose mission is to enable children and adults to achieve a higher quality of life by providing some basic needs, including clothing to school age children within the Austin ISD.Michele is thrilled to be part of a team that understands how children learn best.


Kris Watkins, Instructor

Kris Watkins is earning his Bachelor's degree with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science from Concordia University. Kris chose to work at Mathnasium as it involves math and he thoroughly enjoys teaching math to children. The great feeling he gets when teaching new concepts to a child and seeing them succeed in school is what motivates him. Kris feels that each child's success in math shapes their life in a constructive and positive way.  An avid video game enthusiast and a golf player, Kris played golf on the STPGA tour and scored a 62 to set the course record at Shadowglen Golf Club, in Manor, Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys playing competitive PC games, playing with his cat, Teemo, and watching football on the weekends.