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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:

Owner/Center DirectorHeather Larrabee, Owner/Center Director

Heather spent over 12 years as a public educator before deciding to become a Mathnasium owner. She spent most of her career teaching fourth and fifth grade in Southern California and Central Virginia before reluctantly leaving the classroom to become a District Math Specialist. Her favorite part of being a District Math Specialist was the opportunity to work with and support teachers from kindergarten through high school. When she returned to California in 2010, she became a Math Instructional Coach for the Elk Grove Unified School District. Contrary to what some may think, math did not always come easy for Heather. Her passion for teaching math in a way that makes sense comes from her own difficulties both as a student in high school math, and then as a teacher trying to teach her first class of fourth graders how to divide. She quickly realized she herself didn't have a deep enough understanding to help her students make sense of what they were doing. So, back to school she went to become a better teacher! Heather now has a Master's in Mathematics Education, K-8, from San Diego State University and a Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. Heather now loves helping others find their passion for math!

Asia Barakat, Instructor


Yu Chinen, Instructor


Josh LaCount, Lead Instructor

Josh joined the Mathnasium Team in October, 2015.  Josh comes to us with several years of math tutoring experience, much of which he acquired working at the Math Center at Cosumnes River College.  He loves watching people learn, especially kids - "They have such a desire to learn and I love watching them grow!" Josh currently holds five degrees (3 in biology, 1 in math, and 1 general) and has just transferred to Sacramento State University where he will be working on his Bachelor's in Biology! Josh has quickly become known around our Center as our resident baker and chef for his incredible kitchen skills.

Elizabeth Lowe, Instructor


Kristi Nguyen, Instructor

Kristi is currently a high school junior enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Mira Loma High School. With math being her favorite subject at school, Kristi is excited to join the Mathnasium Team as of September, 2016, and extend her knowledge, love, and enthusiasm for numbers and problem-solving to others. Although she spends a lot of her free time with her nose buried in textbooks, Kristi enjoys to bust out jazz riffs on her alto saxophone as well as volunteer at the local soup kitchen. 

Louis Phan, Instructor

Matthew Suan, Instructor