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:
Punam Karmacharya, Center Director
Punam is the Center Director at Mathnasium of Fishers. Prior to opening her Mathnasium center, Punam was researching on the development of children which has been her lifelong purpose. In the process, she worked and volunteered at various schools and child care centers accross the country and overseas.
Having understood the mindset of students, who not only need knowledge but a mentor who can guide them in the right direction, Punam is enthusiastic about helping every student in the Fishers community truly understand math. She is confident that every student will thrive in an environment where math is taught in a way that makes sense to them. She has taught and tutored children of all ages, and is committed to bringing the Mathnasium Method to the children in this community. Married, with a child and a dog, Punam also volunteers at a local church.
Brandon Duerksen, Instructor
Brandon is currently an 8th grade math teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School and has been at previous Mathnasium learning centers since 2015. He also is an assistant coach with the Mount Vernon High School Football team. Brandon studied Secondary Mathematics Education at Anderson University where he also played football. Brandon believes that every student can learn mathematical concepts and loves to show various methods and strategies that can be used to be successful at math. Brandon can often be found at the gym or out in parks where he often takes his wife, son, and dog.
Nezar Hindi, Instructor
Michael Pence, Instructor
Michael is an HSE alumni and University of Alabama class of 2020 graduate and completed a plethora of math and physics courses during college. His passion for mathematics developed while pursuing his degree in astrophysics, and he loves being able to help others discover a similar fascination and love of math and its real-world applications. When he is not at Mathnasium, Michael can often be found playing basketball at local courts or walking his two dogs.
Kelsey Smart, Instructor
Kelsey is currently a senior at Hamilton Southeastern High School and is planning to attend college to study Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences & Spanish! Kelsey has worked with children throughout high school in various forms including babysitting, nannying, and tutoring. She is a member of NHS, Best Buddies, Unified Sports Club, and a varsity cheerleader at HSE. Kelsey has experience working with and caring for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well. Kelsey has always enjoyed her math classes, and looks forward to helping students succeed and expand their math skills!
Jordan Bopp, Instructor
Jordan Bopp an upperclassman attending the University High School of Indiana. He frequently tutors his peers at University in math and other subjects, and is continuing his instructive experiences at Mathnasium. He enjoys playing tennis for his school and in his free time, as well as playing the piano and concert percussion. In school, his main focus is on math and the sciences, specifically physics, thought he enjoys most all of his other subjects as well. With his interest in science, he is also involved with FIRST Robotics at University High School, where he gets to work on the mechanical design for a robot yearly. Going forward into college, Jordan's views are broad, but Mathnasium is a great place to start!
Jolie Palmer, Instructor
Jolie is currently a Senior at Fishers High School and hopes to pursue a career in architecture and fine arts. Jolie has enjoyed learning all her life and thrives off helping others and herself learn new knowledge. She has always found herself helping her friends with their math homework, so she decided to put her skills to the test and work at Mathnasium. Mathnasium has been an awesome working and bonding experience with the kids for Jolie. She has always enjoyed all her subjects in school… excluding Gym. She is not athletically talented.When not at work or at school, you will find Jolie with her nose in a book, with friends, or knee deep in a new art project she started at 10 O’clock at night.