Mathnasium 2704 Cross Timbers Road, #120, Flower Mound TX 75028 (972) 539-1500   flowermound@mathnasium.com

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Mathnasium is offering both online and in-center sessions!

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:

Center Director/OwnerShital Patel, Center Director/Owner

Shital has worked in education for the past 9 years. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Arkansas, she went on to pursue her Master of Science in Instruction and Curriculum at the University of Memphis. During the 2 years Shital was working on her Master’s degree, she taught 9-12 grade mathematics full-time at a local high school. Shital then had the unique opportunity to teach 6th-8th-grade mathematics with her former teachers at the middle school she attended in Arkansas.   In 2005, Shital and her husband moved to Chicago where he began his 6-year Residency and Fellowship training in Pediatric Otolaryngology. There, Shital gained a wealth of experience teaching at a charter school and later serving as a Math Instruction and Curriculum Coach for a remarkable non-profit organization that manages the Turnaround transformation of chronically underperforming public schools in Chicago.

Shital’s love for teaching can be traced back to a very early age when her favorite role-playing game was “school.” Shital has the utmost respect for teachers and their hard work. She has a passion for teaching children mathematics and loves to see the expressions on students’ faces when they reach their “ah-ha” moment. 

Shital is very excited about bringing Mathnasium to Flower Mound. She believes that her experience coupled with the Mathnasium curriculum will provide a rich learning opportunity for the children in the community. Shital is looking forward to having a positive impact on the community and forging a strong relationship with local area schools, businesses, and organizations. 


Aaron Ibañez, Center Director

Aaron has been with us at Mathnasium of Flower Mound for 3 years. He has always been fascinated by the arts and sciences, with a strong academic background tracing back to elementary school.  In particular, math has always been one of the subjects that Aaron gravitates toward.  From competing in scholastic mathematics competitions in grade school to becoming an instructor at Mathnasium, Aaron loves thinking about how math influences everything we do. 

Currently, Aaron is a student at UNT pursuing a bachelor's degree in Music.  He is a saxophonist and enjoys playing other instruments as well.  Math and music are inherently linked and Aaron loves analyzing the relationship between the two. 

Aaron enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge with others.  Mathnasium has revolutionized the way Aaron thinks about education and what education can be.  He and Mathnasium share a common mission to help students be successful with math by teaching them in a way that makes sense to them.  Aaron is passionate about learning about all of our students' various strengths, weaknesses, and unique gifts and building the best, highly personalized plan to help them achieve their math goals now and into the future.

Favorite Number: 13
Favorite Book: The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Favorite Game to Play at Mathnasium of Flower Mound: Albert’s Insomnia
FavoriteMathTopic/Concept: Order of Operations


Brandon Adams, Lead Instructor

Ever since Brandon was little, math and science have captivated him.  He says that much like a second language, mathematical concepts come naturally to him. While receiving an A.S. in Physics, the math Brandon was learning enthralled him and it became his biggest passion. Since then, math has helped Brandon better understand the sciences, design and drawing, writing music, playing instruments, and gaming.  Just as much as Brandon enjoys learning, he enjoys teaching anyone willing to listen.  Brandon sees math as a highly important construct that our society relies on, and excellent math instruction leads to knowledgeable and intelligent people.

Currently, Brandon is pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics with Secondary Education Certification through the University of North Texas and the Teach North Texas program. He plans on teaching high school calculus, eventually acquiring a PhD and teaching at the university level. 

Favorite Number: 12
Favorite Book: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Favorite Game to Play at Mathnasium of Flower Mound: Set
FavoriteMathTopic/Concept: Fractals


Elisa Ferreira, Lead Instructor

Elisa is one of our Lead Instructors here at Mathnasium. She is starting college with a major in business marketing and a minor in education. Early in her childhood, Elisa struggled in math until she finally had a teacher in middle school teach her in a way that makes sense. Since then everything clicked, and math became fun for her. Having this experience made her realize that anyone can do math; they just need to learn it in a way that makes sense to them! Now Elisa works hard to see that light bulb click in the minds of her students in hopes that they will grow to enjoy math just like she did. She has grown a passion for working with the students and loves to have the opportunity to educate them. Since working at Mathnasium, she has learned so much about the proper ways to teach, and hopes that she will one day become a teacher and change the way kids view math just like Mathnasium does.


Xavier Rios, Instructor

Xavi's harmonious connection to math led to a life-long passion for all things STEM. During his first year of college, his math professors saw potential in him, and all strongly advised a shift from mechanical engineering to theoretical physics or math. This guidance, as well as encouragement from family and friends, led him to add another degree to his current plan, and built a confidence he hadn’t had before. Xavi hopes to be that inspiration for others, and his main goal as an instructor is to expand mathematical creativity and understanding for everyone. Xavi takes time to individualize his teaching approach to specific students, so that anyone who works with him feels unique, special, and often perform better than they thought they could. He will do his absolute best to explain even the most complicated topics; be encouraging, especially to those who doubt themselves; and always try to make them smile with stories of his rabbits.

Xavi is at the University of North Texas pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Mathematics with a focus in Statistics and Analysis. He is hoping to use these degrees in tandem with each other to follow a career in Environmental Engineering Systems or Medical Data Science. Besides his schooling, Xavi loves to play video games, work on his Subaru, and spend time with his 3 beautiful rescue rabbits, Comet, Flip, and Flop.

 

Favorite Number: Pi

Favorite Book: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Favorite Game to Play at Mathnasium of Flower Mound: 99 or Bust!

Favorite Math Topic/Concept: Differentiation and Integration


Rachel McNellie, Instructor

Rachel has always enjoyed thinking mathematically, but it didn't come easily. With hard work and excellent teachers her math skills improved and she went on to earn her teaching degree with a specialization in math. Rachel enjoys working with young people and helping them gain confidence in their math skills. Her other pursuits include reading, taking walks outside, and writing.


Shreya Lingam, Instructor

Shreya is currently a senior attending Flower Mound High School. She plans to study molecular biology and microbiology in college with the goal of being a researcher. As a child, Shreya hated math since she saw it as boring. However, she grew to love math over time as she experienced all the pieces coming together and realized that math can be a bridge to many other subjects and is an integral component of life. She is excited about helping students see that math can be fun and unintimidating once they achieve full understanding and mastery of concepts through the Mathnasium Method! 


Santiago Rojas, Instructor

Santiago was born in Colombia, and was trained to be a musician by his family. However, as a teenager he started to become more interested in the Universe, galaxies, planets, and the physical laws that govern the entire cosmos. As an adult, he became aware of the profound connection between nature and mathematics and since then, his appreciation for math increased dramatically. 

One of Santiago's role models is Richard Feynman, one of the greatest and most respected scientists in history. Feynman was a master of making clear, succint explanations, as well as making students feel passionate about what they were learning. These are some of the characteristics Santiago wants to incorporate in his teaching, since he believes good education is fundamental for the next generation of citizens that will lead the future. He is currently in college majoring in Physics, and plans to aquire a PhD in order to conduct research in Condensed Matter Physics.


Navita Dhillon, Instructor

Navita is currently a senior at Flower Mound High School. She is planning to go to the University of Texas at Austin and major in computer science, a field that involves a lot of math. As a child, Navita did not really love math because she felt it was the same repetitive patterns and just numbers aimlessly getting mixed together. However, when Navita began to take more advanced science classes in high school, she came to understand how important and beautiful math really is.
"I absolutely love teaching at Mathnasium because I love teaching kids a better way to do math. Rather than just memorizing a singular, formulaic way on how to do a math problem, I love that Mathnasium teaches students to thoroughly understand mathematical concepts, inside and out. Had I been taught math in this manner when I was a kid, I would have struggled a lot less in math classes! I want to teach the students at Mathnasium that math is so much more than just mixing numbers on paper."