Mathnasium 5001 Wilshire Blvd, #111, Los Angeles CA 90036 (323) 643-9100   hancockpark@mathnasium.com

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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:

 

Michael Cho, Center Director

Prior to working for Mathnasium, Michael worked as a private tutor in everything STEM-related. He is from South Carolina but has spent most of his life in Koreatown. He graduated from John Burroughs Middle School and Van Nuys High School, devoting his time as part of the robotics team and JROTC program. Michael graduated from Washington College in Maryland, with degrees in Physics and Computer Science. He opened a makerspace club in the college to make cool battle bots and drones, as well as tutoring high school students. Michael truly 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. Math is widely regarded as the language of the universe. With the right mindset, math can be very fun and exciting! Aside from his love of mathematics, he also enjoys programming, reading, and playing video games.

 

 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.

 

 

  

 

Hayden, Instructor

Hayden was senior of Computer Science major of Yonsei University in South Korea before he moved into the USA. He used to be a math/science instructor for years, so he is very familiar with teaching and helping students on math subject. He enjoys solving math problems and he wishes many students love math just as he does. That’s why he fits in Mathnasium’s teaching system perfectly.

 

 

  

 

 

 

Edgar, Instructor

I was born in Pico Union, a neighborhood adjacent to Downtown LA only separated by the 110 freeway. I graduated from USC in 2021 with a degree in Neuroscience and a Minor in French. While at USC, I was part of the Trojan Marching Band and joined several organizations that aimed to help the surrounding communities. Math wasn’t always kind to me until I made it a personal goal to get better and ultimately I was able to help my classmates. I have always enjoyed working with kids, especially in helping them realize that nothing is out of their grasp and that they are capable of more than they can imagine. During my free time I enjoy playing sports, visiting museums, learning how to dance and going to the beach.

 

 

 

 

Josue, Instructor

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and had the fortunate experience to attend UC Irvine, where I learned how big the world is, met my other half, and led and expanded an engineering student organization. After leaving UCI, I thought a lot about my future, and I thought a lot about what led me to this point. One thing I'll never forget is my math teacher in 9th grade that didn't give up on me when I was struggling in school. It took me a bit of time, but I ultimately decided that I wanted to pursue teaching, and help guide others the same way that teacher did for me. Being an instructor here is my first step, and I hope to inspire our students and help them learn how vital math is. In my free time: I am developing a video game with friends, listening to records for hours, and working on various open-source projects.

 

 

 

William, Instructor

I am a senior in high school and I enjoy many hobbies such as volleyball, video games, and playing the piano. Math has led me to admire so many topics that it branches out to, such as statistics, computer science, and even economics. I have always wanted to become a teacher or professor sometime in the future. Working with students and helping my friends has opened up a new path that I plan on gaining more experience in and participating in for some remainder of my life. I’ve had the pleasure of receiving an education from skilled and amazing math teachers that inspire me to pursue what I love.

 

 

 

 

  

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.

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

Kevin Boushy, Director of Education

Kevin graduated from UNLV in 2012 with a Bachelors in Sociology. His appetite for learning has always been borderline insatiable. His focus on education and learning lead him to Mathnasium three years ago. Kevin cannot envision a place that inspires growth better than Mathnasium. It is his belief that every person is at their very best when they are safe to innovate, make mistakes, and grow into a position of understanding. One of Kevin's favorite qualities about Mathnasium is how we engage with our students and instructors by welcoming them into an environment where they learn and grow without the pressures of having to know everything at every turn. The art of mathematics is one of growth and development that Kevin has been happy to be part since with Mathnasium and for years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan 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 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 Santa Monica 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."

 

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 Santa Monica community to increase Santa Monica children's math skills, their understanding of math concepts and their confidence in their ability to be successful.