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:
All are highly qualified, experienced, and rigorously trained individuals who must first pass a comprehensive set of verbal and written assessments covering all aspects of mathematics and instruction philosophy before even being considered for a position. Background checks are an essential part of the hiring process as is a "trial run" interaction with the students. Finally, all instructors are required to undergo continuous training. Our staff not only does an excellent job of teaching math, but they create a positive, enthusiastic atmosphere providing the support and encouragement your child may need. All of our instructors are passionate about math and love to work with the kids. They are there to help your child succeed in school and in life. We welcome you to drop by and meet us anytime!
Ellen Wheeler, Center Director/Owner
Hello! I'm Ellen Wheeler, the Center Director at Mathnasium of East Appleton. I earned my B.A. degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Before opening this center, I worked as a consultant helping Wisconsin businesses with their marketing needs. Prior to that I worked at Kimberly-Clark for 21 years in marketing and sales.
I have two children, and have experienced first-hand the frustrations of math at the dinner table. I first learned of Mathnasium in 2014 from a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Mayo clinic. She shared that she had seen several children that had exhibited significant growth in their understanding of and confidence in math having enrolled in the Mathnasium program. I was intrigued with what I heard and researched the Mathnasium curriculum and methodology, becoming convinced that this resource could make a difference to children in the Fox Valley.
I am excited about helping children truly understand math and build their confidence by teaching math in the way that makes sense to them.
Jacob, Lead Instructor
Jacob is a graduate of Marquette University, where he minored in Engineering and took math classes up to Calclulus 3. Jacob loves to swim, read, watch movies and travel.
Favorite Band: Jukebox the Ghost
Favorite Movie: School of Rock
Fun Fact: He is a freelance videographer, specializing in corporate/ commercial videos.
Rachel is a graduate of DePaul University with a degree in Secondary Education - Mathematics. She has taught various subjects in K-12, and has tutored math through the college level.
Fun Fact: Rachel loves playing sports and staying active with her dog. She travels a lot to play volleyball competitively.
Math Topic I'd like to Learn in the Future: Rachel loves that the Golden Ratio is everywhere, and would like to learn more about Probability and Statistics.
Eric has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech and is Licensed in Secondary Math Education, certified for CTE and Chemistry. He is currently a Math Teacher at Appleton East High School, and an Engineer/Problem Solver/Trainer in his free time (when he can find it!). He has had the pleasure of working all over the world commissioning machines, and living in Asia starting an engineering center.
Fun Fact: If it is circles and triangles, he is interested, or is he just thinking about bikes? Eric spends his free time (after all above) biking and playing saxophone (which is also kind of circles and triangles).
Math Topic I'd like to Learn in the Future: Revisit fundamental math skills to support his high school students better.
Ethan is a student at Appleton East High School, where he plays baseball and volleyball and helps his peers with math.
Fun Fact: Ethan has 4 siblings (3 brothers) that he helps with math, and he likes to travel.
Math Topic I'd like to Learn in the Future: Calculus
Logan is a math major at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and has tutored for several years there. He plays the piano, guitar, banjo, and everyone's favorite, the accordian.
Fun Fact: Logan spent a summer in London and has traveled to Europe and Africa.
Math Topic I'd like to Learn in the Future: More about number theory
Sangeetha has a Bachelor of Information Technology degree and has taught Indian classical dance to children of all ages. She loves classical dancing, drawing, traveling and exploring new places.
Math Topic I'd like to Learn in the Future: Trigonometry and Calculus