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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:

 

Alex, Center Director

Prior to becoming Center Director, Alex worked at the Mathnasium of Chino Hills in a leadership position for 2 years. He grew up in Baldwin Park and currently resides in Monrovia. He graduated from the California State Polytechnic University of Pomona with a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Mathematics, and afterwards graduated again with a Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics. While at Cal Poly, he spent many years tutoring students both grades K-12 as well as college students. He believes that math can be fascinating and applied to any aspect of life, and he encourages students to explore how the concepts they know can be used. While learning math does require effort and hard work, it can also be very fun with the right mindset and teacher. Aside from his love of mathematics, he also enjoys building personal computers, reading science fiction and western novels, and playing Factorio!

 

 

 

 

 

Director of OperationsDan Saposhnik, Director of Operations

Dan graduated from the University of Arizona in 1985 with a B.S. in Microbiology and from Hofstra University's Graduate School of Business in 1990 with an MBA in Accounting. He worked as a CPA with public accounting firm Price Waterhouse and has built successful companies in various fields including real estate and executive recruiting. Dan's passion for teaching and love for working with kids is rooted in family tradition. His mother was a highly regarded principal in Las Vegas for nearly 30 years. Dan has taught and tutored children of all ages and was a mentor for underprivileged children. Dan is committed to significantly increasing Los Angeles children's math skills, their understanding of math concepts and their overall school performance. "We provide lots of warm encouragement in a very positive learning environment so that children build their confidence and develop a winning attitude towards math. Our kids learn math in a way that makes sense to them. They get excited about math and this spirit carries over into everything they do."

 

 

Director of Marketing and Community Outreach

Laurie Wasser Saposhnik, Director of Marketing and Community Outreach

Laurie graduated from UCLA in 1986 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Prior to joining Mathnasium, Laurie worked for various Fortune 500 high tech companies such as IBM, SAP, EMC, TIBCO and MicroStrategy. Laurie's passion for teaching and love for working with kids is rooted in family tradition. Her father taught special education at the high school level for over 30 years in California. Laurie is committed to partnering with the Los Angeles community to increase Los Angeles children's math skills, their understanding of math concepts and their confidence in their ability to be successful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wes Hartmann, Regional Director

Wes was born and raised in Shasta County in northern California and spent his childhood camping, kayaking and playing football. He moved to LA to pursue his education and graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a degree in Mathematics. He has worked with kids his entire life, in roles ranging from swim teacher to archery instructor. He began his time with Mathnasium as an Assistant Center Director and soon rose to the role of Center Director. Wes has managed the Encino center, then the Marina del Rey location before he finally assumed leadership at Mathnasium of Santa Monica. After a fulfilling 3 years as a Center Director, Wes is excited and humbled to be the Southern California Regional Director for 7 incredible locations! He has seen firsthand how impactful time spent at Mathnasium can be for students and is thrilled at the opportunity to support his Center Directors in providing a life-changing experience to kids in the Los Angeles area.

 

 

 

 

Alan Brown, Regional Director

Alan was born in Las Vegas but spent the majority of his educational career in Northern Nevada. He went to Spanish Springs High School, where he was a triathlete and earned his advanced & honors diploma.  During his time there, he took almost every math class his high school offered and often tutored his fellow classmates. He then attended the University of Nevada, Reno in pursuit of a Biology degree. After completing his first year of college, he decided to transfer to UNLV to finish his undergraduate program. It was shortly after this transition that he became an instructor for Mathnasium. This opportunity allowed him to share his passion for teaching and mathematics. He was a lead instructor for three years while he earned his degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. He spent two years as a Center Director, where he shared his enthusiasm with the families at Mathnasium of Red Rock. Alan is now honored to serve all of our locations as Regional Director and continue changing lives through math.

 

 

 

 Marcus, Lead Instructor

Hello, my name is Marcus! I'm currently a senior at Cal State LA studying Psychology in hopes of pursuing a career in Counseling. For the future, I plan on raising enough money to go get a Master's degree in School-Based Family Counseling or Social Work. During high school, I tutored elementary school students in math and science over the summer. Math has always been one of my favorite subjects and this experience has allowed me to make math more interesting and understandable for students. I've always had a passion for helping people, especially kids, make their lives much easier and figuring out what they're having problems with. During my free time, I'm either playing basketball or playing the saxophone.  I am also involved in nonprofit organizations involving mental health and being a crisis counselor when I have time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth, Instructor

Kenneth Guevara is a graduate from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education.  With the help and encouragement of experienced math instructors, he has developed both an interest in math and a desire to help others with their understanding of the subject.  Over the years he has tutored many people in math, including classmates, other students, and even some of his neighbors.  Much of his tutoring experience comes from working with high school and college students who were taking Algebra courses. Kenneth is very helpful and will help math students understand any areas of confusion or difficulty. In his spare time, Kenneth enjoys reading, bike riding, chess, and video games.

 

 

 

  

   

 

 

Elvin, Instructor

Hi, my name is Elvin Canseco. I was a Mathnasium instructor back in 2019, but I had to move awayfor school. I am back, and I hope to stay longer and make an even bigger impact! I'm a sophomore in college studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in sociology. Math was my favorite subject until I encountered Multivariable Calculus. My goal as an instructor is for the students to walk away with new ways of thinking that they can apply beyond math. In my free time, I enjoy watching sports, especially basketball and soccer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Klaus, Instructor

Klaus Neyer is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Statistics at USC. He has been an instructor at Mathnasium since May 2021. Ever since growing up in San Diego, Klaus has had a passion for making math fun, including his involvement (first as a competitor, then as a proctor) in Math 24 competitions. Outside of his studies, Klaus might be found playing trombone in the USC marching band, designing Lego creations, and watching Jeopardy.

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

Beary Allen, Center Mascot

Beary Allen is our center mascot. A wise bear with a strong love of math, Beary Allen was born on the asteroid Eros (which as we all know holds the largest population of teddy bears outside of planet Earth). He instructed many young and old teddy bears in mathematics, but he was so good at teaching that soon no one need his help. Destined to leave his home rock, Beary Allen hitchhiked on the satellite NEAR Shoemaker and found his true home; Hancock Park! Once established, he began teaching at Mathnasium, and hopes that he never runs out of kids to teach! On his "sbear" time, Beary Allen loves to listen to country music, visit the La Brea Tar Pits, and grab coffee with his best friends Wizite and MATHew Beary.