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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:

IMG_5578.JPGAdrian Alexander, Center Director

Education: B.S. Math Education - Northwestern University

Related Experience: Teacher and Assistant Teacher at several high schools in Chicago and Evanston; developed high school math curriculum

Teaching Certification: Illinois type 09

 Fun Fact! Mr. Alexander was a member of the Northwestern University Marching Band!

Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: Topology

Favorite Mathnasium Character:

Julia Gardziel, Assistant Center Director 

   Education: B.A. Mathematics - Depaul University

  Related Experience: Tutored at DePaul Math Center for 2 years, also 2-3 years    of 1 on 1 tutoring. 

  Fun Fact! Ms. Gardziel is a third generation math graduate!

  Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: Fourier Transform in Image Processing 

 Favorite Mathnasium Character:




Mark Kriston (aka Mr. K), 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

Favorite Mathnasium Character:


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

Favorite Mathnasium Character:


Andrew Moore, Instructor

Education: B.S. Mathematics, B.S. Economics - University of South Carolina

Related Experience: Tutored math while attending college

Fun Fact! Mr. Moore enjoys going fishing while visiting his family in Florida!

Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: Mathematical Finance

Favorite Mathnasium Character:

Ashley Welch, Instructor

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

Favorite Mathnasium Character:


Kaitlyn Cox, Instructor

Education: B.S. Biology - St. Edward's University, (expected) MSN - DePaul University

Related Experience:  Tutored science and math to elementary, middle, and high school students.

Fun Fact! Ms. Cox has been a competitive dancer since she was three! Her favorite type of dance is tap!

Math Topic she would like to learn in the future: Bioinformatics

Favorite Mathnasium Character:


Nikki Menis, Instructor

Education: (expected) B.S. Neuroscience, B.S. Psychology - Depaul University

Related Experience:  Former tutor at Kumon Learning Center, Chemistry tutor at WashU in St. Louis

Fun Fact! Ms. Menis has hiked the White Mountains in New Hamsphire!

Math Topic she would like to learn in the future: Thereotical Physics 

Favorite Mathnasium Character:

Cameron Keenan, Instructor

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

Favorite Mathnasium Character: 

Darko Trifunovski, Instructor


Education: B.A. Mathematics - Reed College ; Ph.D Mathematics - University of Illinois Chicago (expected)

Related Experience:  Tutored math since sophomore year in college

Fun Fact! Mr. Trifunovski used to work near a nuclear facility!

 Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: Bayesian statistics

 Favorite Mathnasium Character: 


Sophie Wang, Instructor

Education: B.S. in Bioengineering - University of Michigan (starting in fall)

Related Experience: Worked in Math Tutoring Center at Whitney Young

Fun Fact!: Ms. Wang competes in triathlon nationally! 

Math Topic she Would Like to Learn in the Future: Algebraic Topology

 Favorite Mathnasium Character: 


Will Lupica , Instructor

Education: B.S. in Film with minor in Mathematics - Middlebury College

Related Experience: Tutored SAT & ACT prep as well as linear algebra and calculus while in high school and college 

Fun Fact! Mr. Lupica is enrolled at Harold Ramis Film School at Second City studying comedy filmaking!

Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: Advanced Probability 

Favorite Mathnasium Character: 

Katie Mediate, Instructor

Education: (expected) B.S. Applied Math - Loyola  Universitity 

Related Experience: Tutored math student for 3 years

Fun Fact! Mr. Mediate loves to ski!

Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: Fluid Dynamics 

Favorite Mathnasium Character:

Anne Sterry , Instructor 

Education: B.S. Mathematics Education from Boston University, M.Ed Secondary Education from Salem State University 

Related Experience: 10 years public school teach in Algebra 1 to AP Calculus AB

Fun Fact! Ms. Sterry went to Space Camp in 10th grade! 

Math Topic she would like to learn in the future: Acturial Science 

Favorite Mathnasium Character: 


Abigail Johnson, Instructor

Education: B.S. in Math and Graduate Program in Secondary Ed from Michigan State 

Related Experience: Taught High School Math and Physics at Chicago Public Schools

Fun Fact! Ms. Johnson plays the French Horn!

Math Topic she would like to learn in the future: Statistics 

Favorite Mathnasium Character: 


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

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Matt Rowland , Instructor

Education: Masters in Supply Chain Mangagement - University of Texas; Bachelors in Finance & Supply Chaine Management - Indiana University at Bloomington 

Related Experience: Tutored in high school as a part of National Honor Soceity 

Fun Fact! Mr. Rowland spent two weeks in the Philippines (Manila, Clark, Baguio) in 2016!

Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: Probability and Statistics 

Favorite Mathnasium Character:


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

Favorite Mathnasium Character:

Danny Khananisho, Instructor

Education: B.Sc. Psychology, (expected) M.A. Philosophy - Loyola University Chicago

Related Experience: Tutored calculus in college.

Fun Fact! Mr. Khananisho likes to study ancient languages in his free time!

Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: Topology

Favorite Mathnasium Character:

Athena Futris, Instructor

Education: B.S. Mathematics, Secondary Education Focus - Northeastern Illinois University

Related Experience: Volunteer Tutor - McGaw YMCA

Fun Fact! Ms. Futris loves to go kayaking on Lake Michigan in the summer!

Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: Set Theory

Favorite Mathnasium Character:

Maleek Richardson, Instructor

Education: B.S. Applied Math - North Carolina A&T State University, (expected) PhD Math - Purdue University

Related Experience: Tutored undergrad and graduate level math for 4+ years in college.

Fun Fact! Mr. Richardson loves to play video games!

Math Topic he would like to learn in the future: Fractional Calculus

Favorite Mathnasium Character:




The Center

The "Third Teacher," The Center

Just as an instructor guides and promotes a child’s learning, so does the environment where that learning takes place. Design and function at the Mathnasium West DePaul Center are guided by a collaborative project on learning environments: "The Third Teacher - 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning." 

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