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Our Team

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:

Scott Penkova, Regional Director

Scott has worked with Mathnasium, first as a Center Director in Fort Mitchell and now as the Regional Director of five locations, Blue Ash, Mason, West Chester, Loveland, and Fort Mitchell, KY.  He came to Mathnasium after working for years in different school settings, from public to private, and brick and mortar to online! He uses the many different experiences to help students achieve high levels of understanding in mathematics. He works closely with all of his Centers' staffs to make sure that they are giving the same emphasis on understanding and passion towards what we do. He still works on instructing students in our one-on-one model but also enjoys being able to cultivate each instructor into the best teacher they can be. When he isn't working you will find him spending time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys being outside and reading books.

 

Patrick Quinn, Center Director 

Patrick graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, and then went on to complete a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry. He enjoys connecting with students and teaching them how math can be a fascinating puzzle that helps us understand the world around us.

Patrick started as an Instructor before becoming Assistant Director and then Center Director. He has a strong understanding of how Mathnasium teaches math, and works with our staff to ensure that our students have a fun and enriching experience in the center. His goal is to see that each student is learning and being challenged in the way that works best for them. In his free time Patrick enjoys hiking, board games, playing music and spending time with his wife and friends.

Favorite Number: 12, because it is so nicely divisible.

Favorite Math Joke: What should you do if you get cold at Mathnasium? Stand in the corner; it's 90 degrees!

"I love Mathnasium because I enjoy watching kids discover that no one is inherently bad at math. I love seeing them gain confidence as they learn math in the way that makes sense to them!"

 

Danthen, Lead Instructor 

Danthen is a senior studying Mathematics at the University of Cincinnati. He loves playing sports and videogames, and building home projects.

In five years Danthen plans on completing his Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering after a couple year working break between schooling.

Favorite Number: 10, because as a child that was his jersey number in basketball.

Favorite Math Joke: He doesn’t have a favorite math joke because statistically 87% of math jokes are bad puns, and 56% of statistics are made up on the spot.

“I love Mathnasium because being able to see children improve and gain confidence in their math skills is one of the most fulfilling things I have experienced. Being part of a child’s growth is a special thing."

 

Jeff, Lead Instructor

Jeff is an early retiree, who spent many years working with actuaries translating mathematical formulas into computer program code. He holds a BS degree from the University of Cincinnati and is a former H.S. Valedictorian. He enjoys exercise and spending time with his family.

In five years Jeff will be traveling more and still instructing kids in math.

Favorite Number: 8, because both of my kids were born in August.

Favorite Math Joke: Why did the Romans find Algebra not very challenging? Because X was always 10.

"I love Mathnasium because it is very rewarding to see kids progressing and gaining confidence in their math skills."

 

Amitesh, Instructor

Amitesh is currently a senior at Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. In college, Amitesh plans on pursuing neuroscience on the pre-medical studies track. In his free time, he enjoys jamming on the piano with his jazz quartet and watching movies with friends and family.

In five years, Amitesh plans on attending medical school.

Favorite Number: 7, because it's always lucky!

Favorite Math Joke: Why was math class so long? The teacher kept going off on a tangent.

"I love Mathnasium because I enjoy watching students take on challenges and learn from their mistakes. It's always a great sight to see a student brighten up after finding the solution to a tough problem."

 

Ariane, Instructor

Ariane is a freshman at Ohio State University where she studies Chemical Engineering. Ariane went to Sycamore High School but is originally from London, England. Ariane can juggle almost anything!

In five years Ariane will be working in R&D developing new products.

Favorite Number: 7, it has always been my sports number.

Favorite Math Joke: What is a math teachers favorite snake? A pi-thon.

"I love Mathnasium because it is such a positive and supportive environment for kids to learn and grow!"

 

Arun, Instructor

Arun is a student at Sycamore High school. He grew up in Cincinnati Ohio, and spends his free time hanging out with friends, playing the piano, and studying.

In five years Arun will be in engineering graduate school.

Favorite Number: 12, because it's a prevalent number in music.

Favorite Math Joke: Why are obtuse angles always sad? Because they're never right.

 

 

Hannah, Instructor

Hannah is a gap-year student at Washington University in St. Louis, where she plans to study Economics and Neuroscience. In her free time, she enjoys baking and playing tennis.

In five years Hannah will be in medical school.

Favorite Number: 11, because it is a palindrome.

Favorite Math Joke: Did you hear about the over-educated circle? It has 360 degrees!

 

 

Isabella, Instructor

Isabella is a junior in high school and enjoys studying chemistry and algebra. She plans on studying biochemistry or go into the medical field in college. She spends her free time playing the piano.

In five years Isabella will be in her junior year of college.

Favorite Number: 9, because it has always been my sports number and it’s multiples are mirrored.

Favorite Math Joke: What do you call friends who love algebra? Algebros.

"I love Mathnasium because I love working with kids. It’s always so fun when I come to work and we’re always laughing."

 

Katie, Instructor

Katie is a junior at Sycamore High School. In college, she is interested in pursuing a Pre-Medical studies track in hopes of attending Medical School in the future. In her free time, Katie enjoys baking, reading, and participating in youth ministry activities at her church.

In five years Katie will be completing her senior year of college and applying to medical school.

Favorite Number: 3, because being able to use "the rule of three" is very satisfying.

Favorite Math Joke: Why doesn't Pi have its driver's license? It doesn't know when to stop.

 

Kevin, Instructor

Kevin Dong is a junior at Sycamore High School. He wants to pursue economics in college. He likes playing tennis and also plays the cello.

In five years Kevin will be studying in college.

Favorite Number: 2, because it is the smallest prime number.

Favorite Math Joke: I couldn’t come up with a joke... I got lost in a tangent.

 

 

Manny, Instructor

Manny is currently a senior at Sycamore High School and plans to study business in the future. He is a huge Cincinnati Bengals fan and his favorite food is pasta.

In five years Manny will be finishing his final year of college and looking toward the future.

Favorite Number: 12, because he was born on July 12th.

Favorite Math Joke: What did Area say to Perimeter while arguing? I’m trying to talk to you, but I feel like you’re just going around my problem.

 

Molly, Instructor

Molly is a junior at Saint Ursula Academy. Her plan as of now is to study Biomedical Engineering in college. She loves spending time in the outdoors and her goal is to eventually visit every National Park.

In 5 years, Molly will be in college studying for her Bachelor's degree.

Favorite Number: 24, because she and her sister were both born on the 24th.

Favorite Math Joke: Why didn't 4 ask out 5? because he was two squared.

 

Nicholas, Instructor

Nicholas is currently a senior at Walnut Hills High School. He hopes to study electrical engineering in college. Nicholas is a big supporter of Liverpool Football Club, and likes to play soccer and basketball in his free time.

In five years Nicholas will have a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and be working full-time as an electrical engineer and/or pursuing a master's degree.

Favorite Number: 23, because it was the number I wore in soccer for many years.

Favorite Math Joke: Why do mathematicians like forests? Because of all the natural logs.

"I love Mathnasium because I get to teach students the subject that I love, and I get to see them grow and develop as young mathematicians."

 

Noah, Instructor

Noah is a Senior at Sycamore High school. He plans to study economics in college. In his free time, he likes to hang with friends and watch sports.

In five years Noah will be on Wall Street.

Favorite Number: 27, because it has a nice aesthetic.

Favoritve Math Joke: What did 5 say to 6? 7 ate 9.

 

Sam, Instructor

Sam is a student at Michigan State University, where he studies Computational Mathematics and Psychology. He grew up in Symmes, and spends his free time camping, running, and reading.

In five years Sam will be applying to medical school to pursue a PhD in psychiatry.

Favorite Number: 0, because it is the most conceptual part of mathematics and is far more challenging to understand the relevance of when deeply considered.

"I love Mathnasium because it both challenges students in need of a challenge and allows the students who are challenged to bypass their struggles."

 

 

Patrick has a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, but went on to complete a Master's in Pastoral Ministry. He enjoys connecting with students and teaching them how math can be a fascinating puzzle that affects the real world.