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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:

CenterDirectorSummer Heid, Owner

Hi, my name is Summer Heid and I am the owner of the Surprise Arizona Mathnasium.  I have a bachelors degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University.  I was always pretty good in math but went to 7 different schools and struggled with each transition.  As a mother of 4, I was concerned with my children's education.  I heard about a family member's child who had unbelievable success at Mathnasium and I was intrigued.  After looking into the educational model I was hooked.  I wanted my kids to be enrolled and eventually I decided to open one myself.  I am so excited to help the students in the Surprise community and help kids learn to love math!



Janice Heid, Center Director

Hi, my name is Janice Heid.  I am the Center Director at the Surprise Arizona Mathnasium Math Learning Center.  I struggled with math in school and when I became a teacher, I tried to make math interesting and fun for my students!  I sure wish I had been trained in the Mathnsium Method when I was a teacher!  I retired in 2010 after nearly 40 years in education.  My last 18 years were spent as an Elementary School Principal in Redmond, Washington near Microsoft.  I know that having a strong understanding of math allows a student more choices in high school, college, in career opportunites and in turn a better life! The Mathnasium method is incredible! As math makes sense to kids, they become and continue to be confident problem solvers!  Your child will catch up, keep up, get ahead, and stay ahead both in school and in life!


Chris Jirucha, Instructor

Chris graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with his degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, he worked at Boeing as an engineer before heading off to Spain to teach for a year. Math has always been one of his favorite subjects and he's taken courses in multi-variable calculus, differential equations, and fluid dynamics. Chris enjoys helping others with math and is excited for the opportunity to help students improve.



Breanna Seitz, Instructor

Breanna is currently a Senior at Shadow Ridge High School.  She is Valedictorian of her class and was the Vice President of the math club.  She took AP Calculus last year and is looking forward to going to ASU in the fall.  She has tutored high school students in the past and loves working with our younger students as well.  Breanna enjoys  playing  the flute in the Shadow Ridge Marching Band.  We are so lucky to have her!


Landon Earls 

Landon has a Bachelors in Science from NAU in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science.  He taught math courses in Algebra at  Coconino Community College and is currently applying to graduate schools.  Landon really knows his math and enjoys teaching kids. He enjoys hiking and thrift store shopping in his spare time.  

Kylan Konopaski

Kylan is a junior at Shadow Ridge High School.  He is at the top of his class and is taking 5 AP classes this year.  He got a 1500 on his SAT test (a 790 in the math portion).  He really knows his stuff and is quickly becoming a favorite instructor at the center.