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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:

CenterDirectorJoe Shoulak, Owner / Center Director 

Joe has had a passion for math since he was very young.  He has been especially intrigued by Number Theory which prompted him to write several original math research papers which were subsequently published in an undergraduate Math Journal.
Joe has a special knack for helping math make sense to students.  He was able to display this skillset as an instructor at Mathnasium in Plymouth, MN.  In addition, he spent time tutoring students while attending college in Central Missouri.


Judy Shoulak, Owner

Judy has spent her career working in retail operations, training and development and human resources.  In June of 2017, she retired from her role of President of Buffalo Wild Wings, North America so she could work in different business ventures with her children. Prior to that, she worked in executive positions at JCPenney, Original Cookie and OfficeMax.  She is very excited to work with her son Joe in their Mathnasium Business.

CenterDirectorRachel, Instructor

Rachel is very passionate about educating students, specifically in mathematics. She has a degree in math education from the University of St. Thomas and is looking forward to teaching middle school math some day in the future. She loves working with students of all ages at the center, specifically learning about how to make math make sense to each student individually. While not in the center, Rachel enjoys playing board games with friends, watching soccer, and spending time with her family.


Bob, Instructor

Bob is a true teacher at heart. He is currently working as an accountant for a financial services company and is thrilled to have this part-time opportunity to be an instructor with the team at Mathnasium. He has a degree in secondary education-mathematics. He taught in the classroom for five years but has found his niche teaching in learning centers. Bob enjoys working with the elementary-age youth program at church and being active outdoors biking or hiking.


 Wesley, Instructor

Wesley enjoys sharing his love of math with students. He recently graduated from the  University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Wesley wears many hats. He was an instructor at the  Mathnasium in Savage, MN in high school and when not obsessing over the quadratic  formula, he writes music for theatre and directs children's plays/musicals. He also works in  healthcare supporting kids and adults with developmental disabilities.  Wesley believes everyone can be a math nerd no matter what you do. 



Emma, Instructor

Emma is excited to join the Golden Valley Mathnasium family!  Emma will serve our students as a Mathnasium instructor.  She also currently teaches high school math at Kaleidoscope Charter School in Otsego. Emma lives in Plymouth, close to her parents and older brother.  In her free time, she enjoys game nights with friends and family, playing softball, and listening to podcasts.

CenterDirectorCaitlin, Instructor

Caitlin is originally from St Louis Park, and she graduated from St Olaf College with degrees in physics and math. A Spanish immersion alumna, she spent a year living in Spain teaching science classes where she got bitten hard by the travel bug. Always happy to break down math concepts into understandable pieces, Caitlin likes to explain the ‘why’ behind the process and loves helping students have their own ‘Eurika!’ moments. When she’s not teaching you can find her playing her saxophone or wandering through the woods somewhere. 

CenterDirectorCaroline, Instructor

My name is Caroline Davies and I'm currently a student at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities studying mathematics. I am originally from San Diego, CA and moved to Minneapolis for college. Math has always been my favorite subject in school. I love problem solving and enjoy sharing my passion for math with children. I started tutoring 3 years ago and have tutored math in grades K-12 in all different subjects. I love watching students grow in their math abilities and I am considering ultimately pursuing a career in education. 

CenterDirectorGarret, Instructor

Garrett is originally from Marshall, MN and currently lives in Golden Valley.  He has his degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of North Dakota and Math Education from the University of Minnesota.  He enjoys being active outdoors, which includes biking and golfing.  He also enjoys playing and watching basketball.  He enjoys working with the kids at Mathnasium and loves to see them grow and succeed in Mathematics. 


InstructorSteve, Instructor

Steve is from Ottumwa, IA and graduated from Drake University with a degree in Actuarial Science. He is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Data Science. In his free time he likes to exercise, play games and spend time with his dogs. Steve is a long-time tennis player and is in the process of learning Mandarin. He enjoys seeing kids master material that was previously difficult for them.