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Our Center is Open in compliance with CDC & State guidelines. Sessions are scheduled to maintain the proper distance between students. Our online learning platform is now a permanent part of our program for those that require or prefer it.

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:


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.


Center Director/OwnerJennifer 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?!?"

 


MartinekLarry 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 & Fall 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!


Kaylyn Brocker, Assistant Center Director

The Mathnasium Messenger Award, Fall 2021

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.


Meet our Fall 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

The Team Player Award, Fall 2021

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.


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

The Professor Award, Fall 2021

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.


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.


Natsuka Kobayashi, Instructor

Natsuka is a Neuroscience major at Texas A&M. She is from Houston, TX. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and finding new music.

Favorite Number: 5 - it's a clean number.

Favorite Math Joke: What is a nocturnal bird's favorite type of math? Owl-gebra!

In five years, I will be: Hopefully in medical school, or taking a gap year to work in a laboratory or clinical setting.

I love Mathnasium because: It teaches kids to understand and enjoy math.


Jesse Vazquez, Instructor

Jesse is on the road to completing his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University. His goal at Mathnasium is to reach out to students who need some guidance on any mathematical concept. In his free time, Jesse likes to hang out with his younger brother and sister.

Favorite Number: 7, because I have always felt it was my lucky number.

Favorite Math Joke: What did the lazy calculator say to the math problem? "I'll Calc-you-later!"

In five years, I will be: Working in the automotive industry programming electric motors.

I love Mathnasium because: I have the opportunity to show students new methods of solving problems. I believe this is important in order to show students that math (or any subject) doesn't have to be intimidating if they take the time to learn it.


Margaret Gagnon, Instructor

Margaret is currently a Middle School Math/Science major at Texas A&M University. Some of her hobbies include reading, dancing, and travel. While she has moved around a lot, she has lived the longest in New Braunfels, TX!

Favorite Number: 3, because it's cool!

Favorite Math Joke: Why is 10+10 the same as 11+11? Because 10+10 is 20, and 11+11 is 22!

In five years, I will be: Working as a math teacher in a middle school.

I love Mathnasium because: It helps kids realize that anyone can be good at math!


Caroline Unterbrink, Instructor

Caroline is a student at Texas A&M University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology and minoring in Chemical Engineering. She is from Corpus Christi, TX, and loves the beach! She enjoys baking and playing intramural sports with friends.

Favorite Number: 3 - the best things come in trios!

Favorite Math Joke: What did 0 say to 8? Nice belt.

In five years, I will be: Working as a food process engineer, making lots of yummy food for people to enjoy!

I love Mathnasium because: It helps students build confidence in their math skills and grow in their understanding of a subject that can sometimes be a little difficult.


Aiyanna Garcia, Instructor

Aiyanna is a dual credit student at Bryan Collegiate High School and Blinn College. She enjoys archery, vacationing, and long road trips.

Favorite Number: 2 - it makes sharing easy.

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

In five years, I will be: Deciding about going to grad school.

I love Mathnasium because: I get to help kids learn more about my favorite subject - math!


 

 

 

 

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