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:
Stephanie Oakland, Center Director
Stephanie received her Bachelor's Degree in Middle/Secondary Education, Mathematics, and Music Composition with a minor in English as a New Lanaguage from Butler University. Stephanie has experience teaching in the Indianapolis Public School System and Chicago Public School System. In Stephanie's leisure time, she enjoys playing and writing music, reading, voluteering with wildlife and education organizations, and spending time in nature. She is extremely passionate about the Mathnasium Method of individualized learning plans and loves her job at Mathnasium because of the amazing growth that she sees the students achieve!
Ellen Kim, Assistant Center Director
Ellen received her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Southern Methodist University. She developed a passion for education and taught high school math in the Dallas Independent School District and in the Noble Network at Charter Schools of Chicago. Formerly the Center Director of the West Loop center, she is now starting graduate eduation classes in addition to working at Mathnasium! In Ellen's leisure time, she enjoys discovering new restaurants, spending time with her son and husband, and volunteering at church.
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.
Shivani Brahmbhatt, Lead Instructor
Shivani graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor's Degree in math and a teaching certificate from National Louis University. She has taught high school math for three years in the Chicago suburbs. Her favorite problem in math is the Monty Hall problem, due to it being counterintuitive. She has a passion for helping students succeed in math, and enjoys cooking, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends.
Latoya Lenoir, Instructor
Latoya served as Director of Stevens Academy for Life for 7 years. She studied physics, mathematics, and dance at Chicago State University. Latoya enjoys working with children and is passionate about assisting with overcoming challenges. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family and curling up with a good book.
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 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.
George Siegle, Instructor
George is a senior at Jones College Prep taking AP Calculus. 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 senior 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 senior 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 senior 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 senior 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.
Michael Wang, Instructor
Michael is a senior at Jones College Prep. He has always enjoyed math in school. He is a member of National Honor Society and has volunteered in events across the city. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, discovering new places in Chicago, and taking pictures. He plans to major in a STEM - related field in college.
Jordan Lam, Instructor
Jordan is a student at Lane Tech High School. He has been passionate about math throughout his life. He wants to share this enthusiasm with more people through Mathnasium. He is currently taking multivariable calculus and got a perfect score on the BC Calculus exam. He wants to major in a STEM field in college. In his spare time, he plays lacrosse, soccer, and guitar.
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