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:
Jonathan Bibeau, Center Director
Jonathan recently completed his PhD in Philosophy from Texas A&M University. He has been with Mathnasium for 4 years now, first as an Instructor and then as Assistant Center Director. He loves to read, especially classical literature, and he also loves to teach and to learn new things.
Favorite Number: 2 - no particular reason, it's just always been my favorite!
Favorite Math Joke: There are 3 kinds of people in this world: those who can do math, and those who can't.
I love Mathnasium because: It is great to see the excitement and happiness of students who have really struggled with something when they finally get it, gaining confidence in themselves and their abilities.
Jennifer Speer, Owner
Jennifer has a unique perspective that allows her to understand your kids and help them.
She is a successful business owner and homeschooling mom of 3! She has the perspective of an educator as well as a busy parent and knows the challenges of both. Jennifer knows how to engage the kids and hold their interest. She keeps them progressing in math in a way they will actually enjoy!
Jennifer has always had a strong grip on Mathematics, earning her B.B.A in Finance at Southwest Texas State University and then owning and operating a successful business for over 10 years in the Brazos Valley alongside her husband James.
After finding Mathnasium and seeing what it can offer kids, they made a tough decision to sell their successful business with its comfortable lifestyle and start all over again. As scary as that sounds, they knew that parents in the Brazos Valley wanted the best for their children at an affordable price. There was already so much available for the many college students in Bryan/College Station, but not for elementary, middle, and high school students. Now, after being open for several years and expanding to eight locations, we have hundreds of amazing success stories as a result of our passionate instructors, inspiring learning environment, teaching style and curriculum at Mathnasium! Let us help your student!
Favorite Math Joke: There are 3 kinds of people in this world... Those who can count, and those who can't.
Fun Fact: Graduated College in 3 1/2 years with a 4.0!
I love Mathnasium because: "I get to be a part of a great organzation that changes kids' lives! Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?!?"
Larry Martinek, Creator of the Mathnasium Method
Larry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer, Developer of Mathnasium Program.
Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From inner city public schools, to acclaimed magnet schools, to leading private and parochial schools, Larry has served as both a classroom teacher and as an educational consultant. He has designed curriculum, teaching strategies, and teaching materials to help students and teachers learn math more effectively. He has trained teachers in the art and science of boosting students' ability to “do” math, thereby increasing students' math scores and feeling of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium’s educational program – one of the most comprehensive and innovative curriculas ever produced for teaching math.
While Larry is not an Instructor at our Center, he is a valuable asset we can call on to ask about specific students' scenarios for guidance and advice. This has helped to make visits more productive and enjoyable for many of our students.
Jimmy Milne, Assistant Center Director
The Mayor of Mathnasium Award, Spring 2021
Jimmy is originally from Alaska, and moved to Texas in the Fall of 2018. He is studying Mathematics, with the goal of becoming a high school math teacher. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys playing the piano or guitar, as well as taking his dog out for walks or runs.
Favorite Number: 42 - because it’s the answer to life.
Favorite Math Joke: But why did 7 eat 9? Because you’re supposed to eat 3 squared meals a day!
In five years, I will be: Teaching Calculus at the high school level.
I love Mathnasium because: I enjoy helping other students understand one of the best school subjects - Math!
Meet our Spring 2021 Instructor of the Semester Finalists!
Marina Ramon, Instructor
Marina is a student at Texas A&M, studying Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Actuarial Sciences. She is from Mason, TX, and gets excited when people know where/what it is! She enjoys spending time with her dog, taking spin classes, and seeing her friends and family.
Favorite Number: 1 - it's a simple number.
Favorite Math Joke: Why are obtuse angles so sad? Because they're never right.
In five years, I will be: An actuary on Wall Street!
I love Mathnasium because: We cater to kids who might have difficulties in their math classes at school.
Amanda Palecek, Instructor
Amanda is a General Engineering major at Texas A&M. She plans to work in Biological and Agricultural Engineering for drone tech and water conservation in irrigation.
Favorite Number: Lucky (or unlucky) 13!
Favorite Math Joke: How does a mathematician plow fields? With a pro-tractor.
In five years, I will be: Getting a Master's degree at Texas A&M and working in the Engineering industry.
I love Mathnasium because: It actively works to help students understand the fundamentals of math rather than just how to do a certain type of problem.
Christina Molinar, Instructor
Christina is a student at Texas A&M, studying Environmental Engineering. She is from Fort Worth, TX, and loves when people admit that Fort Worth is better than Dallas! She enjoys hiking, doing crafts, and just about anything that involves hanging out with friends and family.
Favorite Number: Pi, because it's super cool and because I like pie!
Favorite Math Joke: Parallel lines have so much in common… It’s a shame they’ll never meet.
In five years, I will be: Working as an environmental engineer and hopefully participating in Engineers Without Borders to help third world countries find reliable sources of clean water.
I love Mathnasium because: I think it is a great place kids can come and become confident at something that many find challenging.
Kaylyn Brocker, Instructor
Kaylyn is studying Mathematics Education at Texas A&M University. As a San Antonio native, she is a big fan of breakfast tacos. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her dogs, playing guitar, and being around her friends
Favorite Number: 4 - if it were a person, I feel like we'd be friends.
Favorite Math Joke: What do you call two friends who love math? Algebros!
In five years, I will be: Teaching math to a room full of middle schoolers and owning a bunch of dogs!
I love Mathnasium because: It builds confidence in students who may otherwise have trouble trusting in their math skills, and I love being part of that process.
Tasnim Jamil, Instructor
Tasnim is a Civil Engineering major at Texas A&M. She's from Katy, TX, but loves telling people that she's from Houston. She loves the beach, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Favorite Number: 21 - it's my lucky number.
Favorite Math Joke: What's a math teacher's favorite kind of tree? A geome-tree!
In five years, I will be: Working as a civil engineer and hopefully adopting a cat!
I love Mathnasium because: It helps kids understand and excel at a subject that is usually stereotyped as hard.
Garrett Holmes, Instructor
Garrett is a student at Texas A&M studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Some of his hobbies include playing disk golf at parks around the state of Texas, playing Settlers of Catan with his roommates, and reading fantasy novels by Brandon Sanderson.
Favorite Number: 17, because it's prime and it just feels like the right answer.
Favorite Math Joke: Why do plants hate math? Because it gives them square roots.
In five years, I will be: Working as a Mechanical Engineer in manufacturing processes.
I love Mathnasium because: It gives students a chance to work at their own pace and spend their time focusing on the specific areas they want to grow in.
Sydney Beeler, Instructor
Sydney is a student at Texas A&M University studying Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. She is from Austin, TX, and enjoys hiking and spending time outside. In her free time, she loves crafting, reading, and spending time with her cat Benji.
Favorite Number: 4 - it feels friendly! It's also the smallest composite number and the only square one more than a prime number.
Favorite Math Joke: A minus sign was talking to a plus sign. The minus sign asked, "Are you sure I make a difference?" The plus sign replied, "I'm positive!"
In five years, I will be: Working as a computer engineer.
I love Mathnasium because: It helps kids learn to understand and see the beauty in math while boosting their confidence in the process.
Diane Lee, Instructor
Diane is studying Applied Mathematics with a Statistical Emphasis at Texas A&M University. She is from Michigan, but attends school in Texas as a second generation Aggie! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, trying new restaurants, and reading books.
Favorite Number: 7 - it just feels lucky!
Favorite Math Joke: Parallel lines have so much in common...it's a shame that they'll never meet.
In five years, I will be: Hopefully working in the statistics/data science field!
I love Mathnasium because: The environment is encouraging and we teach kids that while it may be difficult at times, learning math can be fun!
Laura Lei, Instructor
Laura is a student at Texas A&M majoring in University Studies - Architecture. She is originally from Houston. She loves travelling the world - she has been to 12 countries altogether! In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and swimming.
Favorite Number: 13 - it's the day I was born, and was my number when I played water polo in high school.
Favorite Math Joke: What shape should you always be careful of? A trap-ezoid!
In five years, I will be: Hopefully working in the construction science industry or traveling across North America in a tiny home on wheels that I built myself!
I love Mathnasium because: I get to share my love for math!
Micah Kruzel, Instructor
Micah is a student at Texas A&M University pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree.
Favorite Number: 5 - it was my number and my dad's number in baseball growing up.
Favorite Math Joke: Why was 69 afraid of 70? Because they got in a fight and 71!
In five years, I will be: Working in the engineering industry.
I love Mathnasium because: I get the chance to help kids through one of the hardest parts of school.
Hannah Larsen, Instructor
Hannah is an Economics major at Texas A&M University. She loves reading, exploring new opportunities, and traveling. She loves working with kids and helping them find their talents and passions!
Favorite Number: 12 - it has always been my lucky number in sports and my favorite number for as long as I can remember!
Favorite Math Joke: The English book asked the Math book why he was so sad. You know what he said? "Because I have so many problems!"
In five years, I will be: Hopefully attending law school in a big city! While I love A&M and all things Texas, I also love new adventures and hope to be accepted into a school that will offer new experiences, possibly in NYC or Chicago.
I love Mathnasium because: I have always loved working with kids and love seeing their excitement whenever they grasp a new concept or finally understand something that's been holding them back. Gaining knowledge is something that is so important for a kid's self-esteem and I love helping them grow in their confidence!