Our staff is built to teach each student individually, to develop the skills they need to thrive in mathematics, and to foster a love of learning.

Mark Kriston

Owner
Education: M.B.A. - University of Chicago, B.S. Mathematics - Cal State, Los Angeles Related Experience: 20-year career in the computer industry, Math teacher at high school and college levels Teaching Certification: Illinois type 09 (Secondary) Other: Mark lives in Lincoln Park with his wife Kathy. They have two sons, Ira and Garret Fun Fact! Mr. K’s resume includes “bookbinder.” He lived briefly in New Orleans where he bound deeds, marriage licenses, and other legal documents into large volumes that he sewed, glued and lettered by hand. After moving to Los Angeles, Mr. K used his bookbinding skills to do rare book restoration for the Huntington Library in nearby San Marino – and pay for his math degree! Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: Number Theory

Cameron Keenan

Assistant Center Director
Education: M.M. Music Performance- Depaul University; B.M. Music Performance - Ball State University Related Experience: Tutored students in math high school and college Fun Fact! Mr. Keenan teaches bassoon lessons! Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: Non- Euclidean Geometry

Rachel Kelly

Lead Instructor
Education: B.A. Sociology and minor in Peace Studies - DePaul Univerisity (expected) B.A. Related experience: Math tutor throughout high school and college and worked at Mathnasium in Oak Park Fun Fact! : Ms. Kelly loves Harry Potter! Her dog is named after Luna Lovegood. Math topic she would like to learn: Statistics

Alice Agarkova

Instructor
Education: B.S. Criminology - Loyola University Chicago Related Experience: Worked at Mathnasium in Ann Arbor, studied statistics in college, raised by her father who is an economist and mathematician Fun Fact! Alice was born and raised in Moscow, Russia! Math Topic she would like to learn in the future: Calculus

Gustavo Giancola

Instructor
Education: B.S. in Physics/B.S. in Education, minor in mathematics - Depaul (expected) Related Experience: Volunteer tutoring at Madonna Mission, math and physics tutoring at the High School Level. Fun fact! Mr Gustavo played the drum in high school marching band! Math Topic he would like to learn: Martices and Linear

Alex Asta

Instructor
Education: M.A. Sustainable Urban Development, B.A. Economics, minors in Mathematics and International Politics - DePaul University Related Experience: Tutored math in high school Fun Fact! Mr. Asta loves to bike and play water polo! Math Topic he Would Like to Learn in the Future: Game Theory

Michelle Yuen

Instructor
Education: B.A. Mathematics, Biochemistry concentration - Carleton College Related Experience: Academic research at the University of Louisiana Math Department Fun Fact! Ms. Yuen accidentally walked onto the set of the movie Pitch Perfect while doing research in Louisiana! Math Topic she would like to learn in the future: Measure Theory and Algebraic Topology

Ashley Welch

Instructor/Moderator
Education: B.A. - University of Kansas Related Experience: Passed both the Probability and Financial Mathematicas actuarial exams. Fun Fact! Ms. Welch has hiked the Great Wall of China! Math Topic she would like to learn in the future: Physics

Mustafa Mohammad

Instructor
Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering - Milwaukee School of Engineering Related Experience: Tutored Calculus while attending college Fun Fact! Mr. Mohammad went sky diving for his 21st birthday! Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: String Theory

Elaine Reich

Instructor
Education: J.D. - Loyola University School of Law Related Experience: Research attorney; substitute teacher and librarian at the University of Chicago Lab Schools Fun Fact! Ms. Reich has fun being in nature. Her favorite vacations include hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, hearing her voice in Echo Canyon, New Mexico, seeing the wildflowers in Door County, Wisconsin, and strolling through Central Park in NYC! Math Topic she would like to learn in the future: Statistics

Nick Berkhout

Instructor
Education: B.S. Electrical Engineering and a second major in Jazz Studies - University of Wisconsin-Madison Related Experience: Tutored students in math in high school Fun Fact: Mr. Berkhout plays the saxophone Math topic you would like to learn: Differential Equations

Jennifer Buchanan

Instructor

Anders Pride

Instructor

Lisa Ingram

Instructor/Moderator
Education: A.A. - Kalamazoo Valley Community College Related Experience: Spent many years doing applied math (real world problems) in the business world. Fun Fact! Ms. Ingram spends her time as an abstract painter. Math Topic she would like to learn in the future: Calculus

Danielle Bogacz

Instructor
Education: B.S.B. Actuarial Science, Math Minor - DePaul University (expected); M.S. Business Analytics - DePaul University (expected) Related experience: Tutoring at the middle school & college levels Fun Fact: I like baking healthy treats! Math topic you would like to learn: Cryptography

Our Mathnasium Mission

Teach children math so they understand it, master it, and love it. Math can change their lives, and they can change the world.

What I love about Mathnasium is the ability to teach problem-solving skills and make math make sense, while also making a student smile.
Amber W., Mathnasium Instructor
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