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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:

Center Director/OwnerDave Franek, Center Director/Owner

Dave got his degree in Broadcast Management and spent a few years in the entertainment industry before switching to education. He studied secondary education at the University of Phoenix and scored 100% on the math portion of the Arizona Teacher Certification Exam. Dave has worked with kids as a Sunday school teacher and as a member of Valley Big Brothers. It is important for Dave to create an environment where math makes sense to kids but that is also a fun place to go to learn.

Math tutor, world travelerAmanda Nguyen, Math tutor

Amanda Nguyen is currently majoring in biomedical engineering and premed at Barret, the Honors College at ASU. She volunteers at Zarzuela medical clinic, Cusco, and Pene Project CURE. Amanda was awarded first place in the the National Engineering Competition hosted in Washington, D.C.. She plans on going to medical school or entering the engineering industry, but she may just stay at Mathnasium forever. In her free time she enjoys hiking, eating, and sleeping. She enjoy frozen yogurt, but is not a fan of melted frozen yogurt.

Carina Brodsky, Math tutor

 Carina Brodsky is currently a psychology and religious studies major at  ASU and has worked at Mathnasium for nearly 2 years. She is the  worship leader at her church in Phoenix. Her biggest accomplishment  is taking first place in a school-wide math competition in fifth grade  (and she still has has the medal). Her favorite part of working at  Mathnasium is the "Aha!" moment when concepts finally click for students. She really enjoys being a part of helping students succeed.

  Iman Safi, Math Tutor

 Iman Safi is currently a pre-med major. She is a volunteer for the      Salvation army and also volunteers for a school program, Into the  Streets. Iman competed in the Science Olympics and is fluent in  Farsi.  She enjoys cooking, reading, and participating in outdoor  activities        when she has free time. Iman likes apple cinnamon pie,  but she is  definitely not a fan of avacados.

Math tutor, avid whistlerJames Cruz, Math Tutor

James Cruz recently graduated from ASU with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. He has been accepted in to the Peace Corps and will be leaving this summer to work in Cambodia where he will stay for two years. Afterwards he plans on going to graduate school for physical therapy. In his free time he hones his Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu skills, hikes, and cooks. He really likes animals, but he is not very fond of puns. James' hidden talent is oragami crafting.

  Beena Patel, Math tutor

 Beena Patel graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a  bachelor's in chemical engineering. She attended high school at  Premier Academy in Nairobi, Kenya. Beena volunteers her  time to help  out in the kitchen at the temple. She sometimes volunteers  to help  children improve their English. Beena graduated with a  Summa  Cum  Laude at FIT. She plans on getting her professional  engineering  license after obtaining a few years of engineering work experience. Beena enjoys spending her time on yoga and swimming. She    likes good weather, ice cream, and music festivals. Beena does not dislike anything!

  Sarah Alamdari

 Sarah Alamdari is currently studying chemical engineering at ASU.  Sarah volunteers by               maintaining a community garden. She was  voted most likely to change the world in high           school. Sarah plans  on attending University of Washington next semester to begin a phD      program. During her free time she enjoys playing with dogs, and  drinking coffee. She likes       pizza and does not like cacti.