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:
Ellen Kim, Center Director
Ellen has 10+ years of experience in business and education. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Southern Methodist University and began her career in public accounting. After serving as an Americorps VISTA volunteer at College Forward, she developed a passion for education and joined Teach for America. Ellen taught high school math in the Dallas Independent School District and in the Noble Network at Charter Schools of Chicago. Achievements include "Rookie of the Year - Math Department" and "Teacher of the Month." In Ellen's leisure time, she enjoys discovering new restaurants, spending time with her son and husband, and volunteering at church. Ellen is excited to bring math education and enrichment to the students of Chicago!
Stephanie Oakland, Assistant Center Director
Stephanie graduated from Butler University with degrees in Music Composition and Secondary Mathematics Education and is currently pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University. She enjoys teaching math in a classroom s setting, but her true passion lies in individual and small group tutoring. In addition to math, she loves writing and playing music, spending time in nature, and working with animals. Her favorite things about math are the concept of infinity, particularly as it is shown in nature, and how closely math and music relate to each other.
As part of our hiring process, our instructors pass a rigorous math exam, to ensure that they have current fluency with all levels of math they will be teaching. We also require excellent communication and listening skills. FInally, we look for instructors who enjoy math and have an enthusiam for teaching students of all ages.
After hiring we have detailed training on our curriculum and our learning center processes. The training never ends as we have ongoing training in curriculum and teaching techniques.
Our instructors bring math to life and strive to provide a positive, encouraging experience to our students.
Andrew Cook, Instructor
Andrew is a mathematics major at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He's completed math up through calculus and greatly enjoys it. He has seven nieces and nephews, and loves teaching them about the world whenever he can visit home. In his spare time, he follows several math and STEM-centered YouTube content creators such as Vihart, CGP Grey, Numberphile, and Tom Scott. Since he just moved here, he also greatly enjoys discovering and exploring Chicago with his friends. His favorite math topic tends to be whatever he's most recently learned, with a soft spot for algebra and calculus.
Catherine O'Reilly, Instructor
Catherine is a chemical engineering major and a year student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She's been tutoring students since she was a sophomore in high school, and enjoys learning new things from the students she teaches because they inspire her to always look at a topic from multiple perspectives. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting different coffee shops in Chicago, doing Sudoku puzzles, reading, biking, and boxing. Her favorite topic in math is surface integrals.
Nino Even-Karl, Instructor
Nino is a senior at Jones College Prep And is currently in AP Calculus. He enjoys math because of it’s similarities to puzzle solving. He has experience working with children and teaching from several counselor and informational jobs at the Lincoln Park Zoo. He likes reading, animals, and martial arts. His favorite math topic is polynomial factoring.
George Siegle, Instructor
George is a student at Jones College Prep taking precalculus. He has experience tutoring music theory to elementary school kids at his music school. He plans to study music and economics in college, and his favorite math topic is trigonometry. In his spare time, George likes to practice the piano or spend time with his friends downtown.
Corinne Salter, Instructor
Corinne is a student at Whitney Young High School, currently enrolled in Honors Calculus. She has experience tutoring and working with both elementary and high school students. Corinne’s favorite subjects include Math, especially Algebra & Calculus, and Physics. In college, she plans to pursue Business and Physics. Corinne’s hobbies include dancing, painting, and reading books of all subjects.
Nal Xaviera, Instructor
Nal is a student at Whitney Young and is taking AP Calculus. She has experience interacting with kids and encouraging them to read during the annual Chicago Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge. Nal loves designing and building small models of things like bridges and reading fantasy books. Her favorite topic in math is arithmetic and geometric series.
La Maya Powell, Instructor
LaMya is a student at Whitney Young High School. She has enjoyed and excelled at math her whole life throughout elementary school and into high school. LaMya plans to study Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. In her spare time LaMya likes to sing classically, play piano, and build various things. Her favorite math topic is trigonometry.
Nathan Stalder, Instructor
Nathan is a student at Jones College Prep currently taking AP Calculus. Nathan has a passion for math and he has often helped his fellow classmates and 3 younger siblings with math homework and studying for math tests. In college Nathan plans to go into a STEM field such as civil engineering or applied mathematics. Nathan also enjoys hiking, kayaking, playing soccer and volleyball, and competing in citywide math competitions. His favorite math topic is graphing derivatives.
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