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:
Sam Younis, Center Owner
Sam graduated Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University, where he studied the social sciences and gained a deep appreciation for math and statistical analysis. He then earned an MFA in Theater from Columbia University, where he nurtured his creative side. Prior to owning Mathnasium, Sam has worked as an actor, writer, public servant, and tutor. As an actor, Sam has appeared on Broadway and in television and film. As a top-level field operations manager for the 2010 US Census, Sam collected and analyzed statistical data that would later become official 2010 Census records. In 2012, Sam opened his first Mathnasium center in Los Angeles before moving to Georgia with his family two and a half years later. Now firmly rooted in Georgia, Sam is also the owner of Mathnasium in Dunwoody and will be launching a new Mathnasium location in the Morningside neighborhood in fall! He has served on the Mathnasium Franchisee Advisory Committee, which helps guide Mathnasium Headquarters as it makes key decisions about the direction of the company. His location in Decatur is consistently ranked among the top 40 out of 1,000 centers in the country and also earned an award from Mathnasium Headquarters for outstanding growth in its 2nd year of operation. An advocate of both math and the arts, Sam is passionate about the Mathnasium Method because it enables kids to apply creativity to the understanding of math. It is his mission to help kids develop an excellent number sense and have fun along the way!
Chase Storbeck, Center Director
Chase is a Georgia native, having grown up in Decatur and Peachtree City. He later attended Indiana University in Bloomington where he completed a Bachelor of General Studies with focuses in Music, Physics, and Sports Communications. Chase then completed a certificate of Audio Engineering from Berklee College of Music. After interning in Chicago, Chase returned to Georgia to teach audio classes at nearby Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Chase's teaching tenure began immediately after high school with his involvement in metro Atlanta middle and high school band programs. Chase began working at Mathnasium in April 2016 and has really enjoyed being a part of the team, values, and atmosphere Mathnasium has to offer. In his spare time, Chase enjoys writing music, playing sports, keeping up with his favorite teams, and grilling out with his friends and family.
Claire Kuykendall, Field Support Specialist
Claire joined the Mathnasium team in the summer of 2015 while she finished up her time at Georgia Tech where she majored in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Environmental Science. After graduation, she continued working at Mathnasium until she left for her post-graduate studies at the University of Glasgow in Scotland where she studied Environmental Statistics. Claire's love of math and helping others find their love of math brought her back to Mathnasium when she returned from her studies abroad. Outside of Mathnasium, Claire can be found at a concert, obsessing over all things Swedish, or binge-watching shows of Netflix.
Matthew Jones, Instructor & Education Specialist
Matthew graduated from Portland State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Physics and a Math minor. He moved to Decatur from Portland, OR in the summer of 2013 to spend time with his family and look into graduate programs. His research interests include numerical modeling, chaos theory, and nonlinear dynamics. Education has always been a passion of his, and Mathnasium, in particular, is a good fit for him to exercise that passion. The program at Mathnasium aligns well with Matthew's personal education philosophies, especially the aspect of making math more accessible and easier to understand on a fundamental level. Matthew has been working at the Decatur location since its official opening in May of 2014. His leadership has been instrumental in the growth of the center. Matthew enjoys riding bikes, and can often be seen riding around the Decatur area, most likely on his way to Mathnasium!
Kristin Baker, Lead Instructor
Kristin is a junior at Georgia State University where she is studying Astrophysics. She has been with Mathnasium for two years now and loves using the Mathnasium Method to get her students excited about math. After graduation, Kristin hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in England. Outside of school and work, Kristin enjoys stargazing, watching Marvel movies, and spending time with family.
Austin Lang, Instructor
Austin is a "riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Not much can be said about him except that the only thing he loves more than math itself is helping kids gain a love of math as well. Apart from his love of math, Austin has an infectious giggle that makes everyone who hears it smile.
Lilah Blalock, Instructor
Lilah is a junior at Emory University, majoring in Anthropology and Human Biology. Originally from San Diego, California, she moved to Atlanta in August 2017 and was thrilled to find so many opportunities to help encourage and teach other students. Lilah has a passion for learning and enjoys helping others foster a love of learning as well. In her free time, Lilah enjoys reading, running, hiking, and playing the piano.
Cole McCord, Instructor
Cole is a senior at the Georgia Institute of Technology, majoring in Computer Science with concentrations in Networking and Media. When he's not at Mathnasium or in class, you can catch him listening to music, hiking, or eating.
Ethan Adams, Instructor
Ethan was born and raised in the Canton area of Georgia and moved to Decatur in 2018 to major in International Relations and Music at Agnes Scott College. He tutored his peers in high school, but after graduation, he decided that teaching younger students would be a far more enriching opportunity. His motto for teaching is "be the type of teacher you wish you would have had in school," and he applies this motto by adjusting his teaching style to suit the needs of every student he encounters. His hobbies outside of Mathnasium are singing, creative writing, composing music, and napping competitively for sport.
Jessica Wackerman, Instructor
Jessica grew up in Alpharetta and is a UGA graduate. She is a Dekalb County educator with 15 years of teaching experience. in her free time, Jessica competes with her border collie at frisbee competitions.
Sara Kathryn Wierwille, Instructor
Sara Kathryn is a senior at Dekalb School of the Arts. Despite her artistic background, she loves math and hopes to continue studying it in college. She is very excited to share her love of math at Mathnasium! In her free time, she enjoys baking, gardening, and performing with her acting troupe.
Angela Cao, Instructor
Angela Cao is originally from New Jersey and now attends Emory University, majoring in Linguistics and Math. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and reading.
Jack Baird, Instructor
Jack is a sophomore at Emory University, majoring in Consulting and Economics. During high school, Jack worked at another Mathnasium for 3 years and loved helping kids of all ages improve their math skills! Outside of school and math, Jack loves playing soccer and going to the gym.
Noah Fitzer, Instructor
Noah is from Greenville, South Carolina and is a sophomore at Agnes Scott College double-majoring in Philosophy and Music. They are a graduate of the South Carolina Governer's School of Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, SC. During their time in Hartsville, they began volunteering with a local outreach program as an elementary and middle school tutor for all subjects, and they realized quickly that just a little bit of encouraging one-on-one instruction can make a huge difference in a student's confidence about math! Noah is a lover of musical theatre and spends their free time singing and songwriting.
Thomas Sowell, Instructor
Thomas has lived in Georgia his whole life, even attending Georgia Southern University, where he graduated cum laude with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He loves all things math-related and has recently discovered a passion for tutoring. Outside of math, Thomas enjoys watching sports and playing the drums.
Sean Kearney, Instructor
Sean is a senior at Georgia Tech, studying Mechanical Engineering. He transferred from Georgia College and State University, where he studied and tutored physics. In his free time, Sean enjoys cooking, playing guitar and hockey.
Jake McGrath, Instructor
Jake is a junior at Emory University studying Applied Mathematics and Astrophysics. He enjoys conducting research with the Physics Department at Emory where he is currently studying charge dissipation on acoustically levitated objects. Jake was born in Italy but grew up in Philadelphia and enjoys watching his hometown 76ers and Eagles play.
Derrick Villalba, Instructor
Derrick is a physics major at Georgia State Univerity. He is originally from Missouri but grew up in Georgia and temporarily moved to Germany where he was an English and math tutor. In his free time, he enjoys hobby electronics and reading.
Kara Vaughn, Instructor
Kara is a third-year currently studying Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology to pursue a career in Dentistry. She likes working with kids and hopes to one day go into pediatrics. Working at Mathnasium is a great way to combine her love of math with her passion to teach and help others.