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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:

CenterDirectorNicholas Bakken, Center Director

​Nicholas Bakken is the Center Director at the Mathnasium of Hershey, Pa. Nick graduated from The University of Scranton with a B.S. in Biophysics and later from East Carolina University with a M.S. in Biomedical Physics. As a Doctoral research candidate, he participated in numerous research programs and had his findings published in numerous International peer-reviewed Journals. 

Nick is a big advocate for quality education and is excited to play a part in improving the Math and Science skills of our future generations. As a father of wonderful 8-year-old boy, he fully understands how challenging it is to balance a busy working life while ensuring that his child maintains a strong focus on his academics. Nick realizes how important it is for children to have a strong grasp of mathematics, especially today where there is more pressure then ever before to be successful and leave High School with a strong understanding of at least Algebra. These math skills will set the stage for college placement, scholarships, and eventually success in our global business world.

“I look forward to being a part of your local Mathnasium and watching the positive impact that a complete and masterful understanding of math can have on a student’s grades, but even more then that, their confidence as a student. I have seen the Mathnasium Method help students make tremendous strides, and am excited to bring this to many more students.”


Noah Nacionales, Instructor                    

My name is Noah Nacionales and I am a student at The Pennsylvania State University majoring in applied mathematics. I was a tutor in high school and have always enjoyed helping others understand and succeed in math. I am happy to help the students of Mathnasium grow into strong math students.


Kallista  Scharf, Instructor                     

Kallista graduated from Messiah University in May of 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Education with Teacher Certification in Grades 4-8. Her concentration was Math and Science and she has student taught at several area schools. As someone who is enthusiastic and loves teaching math, she looks forward to helping students learn and connecting with them. 



 Baily Rutherford , Instructor                     

Bailey is a graduate of Hershey High School. She is now enrolled at Susquehanna University, and is majoring in applied mathematics. She joins our A+ Mathnasium team to teach math and help students gain the confidence they need to attack any math problem that they might encounter. Bailey is also available for online sessions.



Arav Kasturia, Instructor                    

Arav Kasturia is a student at Hershey High School who has long had a passion for mathematics. He is a welcome addition to the Mathnasium of Hershey family with a talent for high level math. He can often be found instructing some of our upper level students. On top of Math, Arav is an athlete who competes in Track and Field at Hershey High.



Tressa Hanna, Instructor                    

Tressa Hanna is a student at Hershey High School who has a love of mathematics and in particular sharing her knowledge of it with our students, especially the younger ones. She has been a great addition to our instructor pool who is great at making her students comfortable and giving them the confidence to work any math problem we might show them.



 Aayush Verma, Instructor                    

Aayush Verma is a student at Hershey High School with a talent for math. He is an experienced math tutor who has worked at other math learning centers. On top of his advanced math abilities, he is an outgoing young man that students thoroughly enjoy working with.



Andrew Zhao, Instructor                    

Andrew Zhao is another welcome addition to Mathnasium of Heshey who excells at all things Math. He is a student at Hershey High School who has competed at the national level after finishing in the top 5% of the American Math Competition (AMC). This score has qualified him for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam. 


Samantha Koegler, Instructor                    

Samantha Koegler is Senior at Hershey High School who is a welcome addition to our group of instructors. She is one of the top students in her class, a National Merit Semi-finalist, award winning writer, and excellent math instructor. When she is not participating in one of the too-numerous to list extra-curricular activities, internships, or charitable works, she can be found helping our students master math concepts at Mathnasium of Hershey. 


Sami Ozdogan, Instructor                    

Sami Ozdogan is Senior at Hershey High School who is a welcome addition to our group of instructors. He is one of the top students in his class, and has always excelled in the field of Mathematics. Sami has a passion for teaching math, and it shows in the excitement he brings to eachy instructional session. 



Ashwani Garg, Owner                 


Ashwani  and Nidhi Garg's are  the owners  at Mathnasium of Hershey. They both work as Physician in local hospitals in the region. They have 2 kids, Viraaj and Meher. Viraaj is passionate about math and started going to Mathnasium Center. He loves going to Mathnasium and never misses it. We also found that Mathnasium has great teaching method. So we decided to bring Mathnasium to Hershey area.