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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:

CenterDirectorAlex Guppy, Owner

Alex received his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Shortly after graduating, Alex moved abroad to teach English in Taiwan - an adventure turned odyssey that lasted the next six years. When he was not teaching and having fun with his students, he was exploring the mountains and streams of the island. Eventually, home called and Alex returned to the States in 2013. In the Fall of 2014, Alex visited Chattanooga for a rock climbing trip. As the season passed by and frost began to accumulate on his tent each morning in Prentice Cooper State Park, Alex contemplated returning home to Michigan for the holidays, but then applied for a center director position at Mathnasium to provide math homework help on a whim. He cannot help but look back on his humble beginnings as a math tutor here in amazement.

In the beginning of 2018, Alex became the sole owner of both Mathnasiums in Chattanooga. He is honoured by all of the parents who have entrusted the safety and education of their children to him over the years (and left some fabulous reviews!) and helped him realize his dream of owning his own business. He is looking forward to providing math homework help to many more children in the coming years as he expands to Franklin, TN to operate his fourth Mathnasium and offer math homework help across the state.


Elle Schaeffer, Center Director

Elle received her degree in Applied Mathematics from Belmont University. Accompanied with work in statistics, data science, and computer science, she is driven by the logic and analytics of the world.  Originally from a small town in Georgia, where the Master's Water Ski and Wakeboard tournament is held each year, Belmont brought her to Nashville. Working throughout school in education, Elle landed at Mathnasium in 2019. After instructing at the Brentwood location, she evolved into the Center Director at Franklin bringing it revisions and excitement like never before. Elle has worked extensively with students in different walks of life and has experience diagnosing the root of mathematical mis-understandings. 

Hobbies: Playing foot-golf, drinking apple cider, collecting stickers, and brisk walks.

Why love math? Because it is fun, logical, and has correct answers - unlike writing papers. 

Favorite Math Joke: i says to pi, "Be rational." So logically, pi responds to i, "Get real!"

Fun Fact: Elle pronounces her name L-E, in highschool she coached the local middle school soccer team to victory, and she's been to Alaska.


                          Cameron Scicolone, Lead Instructor

 Cameron has a passion for learning and helping others. He enjoys showing   students the beauty and power of mathematics. In his free time, he loves playing   piano, exercising, and spending time with family. 
  
Favorite Number: 3!
 Fun Fact: Cameron can play the piano by ear.
 

 

 

                                                                                       

                                                         Maggie Hughes, Instructor

Maggie is a Sophomore at The University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is majoring in mechanical engineering. She loves math and helping kids learn it!

Favorite Number: 14! Maggie and her two sisters all have birthdays on the 14th of the month!

 

                      Mikayla Lane, Instructor

 Mikayla is a rising senior at Nolensville High School who loves all things math. The   harder the math, the more engaging it is to her, especially after falling in love with   calculus in physics. She also loves working with other people and watching others   grow in their knowledge. In her opinion, it is amazing to see others understand and   gain interest in the things she also enjoys.

 Hobbies: Playing the piano, viola, guitar, and ukulele. She also likes to sketch and   paint.

 Fun Fact: Mikayla owns chickens and goats, three of which are named Bippity, Boppity, and Boo!

                                                                                                     Sam Schaeffer, Instructor

 Sam is an early graduate of Ravenwood High School who participated in advanced math   classes. He is an instrument-rated private pilot working towards his commercial pilot   certificate, and he plans on attending MTSU in Fall 2022 for their aviation business   program. Sam enjoys helping kids improve at math and broaden their horizons.

 Fun Fact: I have been playing the violin since I was four years old

 Favorite Math Joke: Did you hear about the over-educated circle? It has 360°!

 

 

                                       Sia Kripalani, Instructor

 Sia is a senior at Ravenwood High School taking AP Statistics. She loves everything   related to music. She sings and dances as well as plays piano, guitar, and flute. Sia says   that she enjoys teaching at Mathnasium because we can help students learn math skills   that will help them succeed in school. It is also great to see students master new topics! 

 Favorite Math Quote: MATH is the only place where people buy 64 watermelons and   no one wonders why!

 

 Fun Fact: I have been learning Indian classical dance for 13 years.

 

 

 

                                                                                        Nandita Arulmurugan, Instructor

 Nandita is a high school senior with a dedicated passion for math. Having exposure to all   of areas in math, she knows she will do her best to help out. Nandita enjoys teaching   children and seeing the joys on their faces when they understand something. She plans   to major in biology in college but is not sure of what the future holds. 

 

 

 

 

 

     Ankitha Dyapa, Instructor

 Ankitha is a senior at Ravenwood High School. She is planning on pursuing pre-med       when she goes to college. She found her love for mathematics when she was a   Mathnasium student in the past. Ankitha loves working at Mathnasium because she gets   to see kids excited about understanding math. 

 

 Hobbies: Dancing, drinking coffee, and spending time with her family and friends.

 Favorite Math Joke: Dancing I saw my teacher with a piece of graph paper yesterday,   I think he is plotting something!

 

 

                                                                                                      Rajveer Chaudhury, Instructor

 Rajveer is a sophomore at Ravenwood High School, and he loves everything about   math. He has placed high in many math competitions such as Mini Mu and Austin Peay   State Competitions. Rajveer enjoys music: he plays the viola, guitar, tabla, harmonium,   and percussion. He also sings and has performed across Nashville. Rajveer says that he   enjoys teaching students at Mathnasium because we can help those who struggle with   math and propel those who excel at it. 

 Hobbies: Rajveer likes playing cricket and cooking.

 Favorite Number: 7, because it is his lucky number.
 Fun Fact: I have been singing Hindustani Classical music for 11 years. 




LaKeisha Pickett, Instructor

 

LaKeisha received her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Tennessee State University. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she married after graduation, has five children, and has remained in the Nashville area since. While she spent many years working in corporate accounting, she felt called to teach a few years ago. She has extensive experience working with at-risk students and in inclusion settings. Her work at Mathnasium is just an extension of her love for math and her passion to help students experience an "aha" moment.
Hobbies: Volunteering for nonprofits, playing football, spending time with her kids, and ministering with her church in the community.