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:
Lakshmi Kondubhatla, 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.
Diane Haynes, Instructor
Diane has a bachelor's degree in mathematics education from Bowling Green State University and a Master's Degree from State University of New York, College at New Paltz. Her teaching experiences range from junior high through college level courses. Diane was also employed by IBM, where she worked as a software engineer for nine years, and as development manager for thirteen years. After retirement from IBM, Diane has been delighted to become a teacher at Mathnasium where she has the opportunity to inspire young people to enjoy and excel in mathematics.
Sam Zigrossi, Instructor
Adjunct Professor of Business at Texas State University, Retired Executive, Performance Management Consultant
Education: B.S. in Mathematics Education, M.S. in Education Administration, MBA in Management
Mr. Zigrossi currently is an Adjunct Professor at Texas State University, School of Business, specializing in Human Resource Management and Leadership. Sam Zigrossi retired from the University of Texas after 15 years, working as a Program Director for the Charles A. Dana Center. The Center works to improve math and science student achievement, from Kindergarten to College. Sam directed work at the K-12 level, working with school systems to systematically improve student math and science achievement. Mr. Zigrossi retired from IBM after 29 years in various executive level management and leadership positions. Mr. Zigrossi was a high school math and physics teachers for 5 years before joining IBM.
Jane Worswick, Instructor
Jane has a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics/Math from London Metropolitan University and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Hawaii. She worked as an Underbuyer at Harrods in London and then as a retail Buyer for a European travel company. Since immigrating to the States, Jane decided that US retail was not for her and she works part-time for a non-profit organization that provides free tax preparation services to low- and middle-income families. Jane spent a year working in an elementary school teaching small groups of students math and language arts and thoroughly enjoyed seeing how regular tutoring positively affected her students’ progress. Jane has 3 school-aged children and loves to sail, ski and travel when she can get away.
Michelle Siedel, 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 Learingg, 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.
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