Our staff is built to teach each student individually, to develop the skills they need to thrive in mathematics, and to foster a love of learning.

Eman Yousef

Lead Instructor
Eman recently graduated from Benedictine University with a degree in mathematics. Eman has always loved teaching and giving others a helping hand. She understands that schoolwork can get overwhelming and difficult at times and is happy to be able to ease that stress for others. Throughout the years, Eman has always found herself helping her younger siblings as well as her peers with homework assignments and studying. Eman is grateful for all the help from classmates and teachers along the way and would love to be able to pay that back to others who need it. Eman hopes to teach as a professor one day so tutoring at Mathnasium is an incredible opportunity for her! Fun Fact: Eman has a collection of snow globes from all over the world!

Sam Sikora

Lead Instructor
Sam is currently a student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has taken math in high school all the way though Differential Equations, and has also taken AP Statistics and statistics classes in college. Sam is pursuing a degree in Economics with minors in business and statistics. Sam enjoys teaching math concepts to his peers and family, and being able to see them grasp the concepts at hand. At Mathnasium, Sam hopes to help others by making math make sense. Fun Fact: Sam is a nationally competitive powerlifter in his spare time!

Jena Kanaan

Instructor
Jena is currently a freshman at Moraine Valley Community College, who graduated from Amos Alonzo Stagg High School. In her time there, she has taken Geometry, Algebra, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, and AP Statistics. She is currently taking Math for Students in College, as she is planning on majoring in Elementary Education. She has a great passion for teaching and working with kids. She has tutored math for four years in highschool and has found great pleasure in assisting students, noticing progress, building bonds, and most importantly making math make sense! Fun Fact: Jena has taken Spanish for 6 years, and can speak both Spanish and Arabic fluently!

Rory Keelan

Instructor
Rory Keelan is currently a junior at University of Chicago studying Computer Science. Raised in La Grange, Rory is excited about helping kids from around his hometown. His favorite thing about math is approaching it like solving a puzzle with numbers. On the weekends, Rory likes to fish, play guitar, and explore new areas on his bike. After college, Rory would like to be a computer science teacher and pass his love for the subject onto a new generation. Fun Fact: If you go to 26:45 on S1 E5 of The Chef Show on Netflix, you'll see Rory eating a taco in the background!

Alex Karan

Instructor
Alex Karan is currently a Junior at Lyons Township High School. He is a former Mathnasium student and has since become very passionate about math and teaching what he has learned. He has completed Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and is currently taking PreCalculus. In his free time, Alex plays in a band, interns as a sound engineer, and acts as the Director of Engineering at WLTL La Grange. He hopes to bring students the same joy for math that he gained from his days as a Mathnsium student. Fun Fact: If you listen at the right time, you can hear Alex live on-air, broadcasting from the LTHS radio station!

Chloe Reynolds

Instructor
Chloe is a Senior at Lyons Township high school. Currently, she is taking Pre-Calc, and has already completed Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. Before joining the Mathnasium team, Chloe was a private math tutor specializing in Algebra. Now, she is excited to tutor at Mathnasium and work with students at a variety of ages and levels. Chloe has always had deep rooted passion for math, and enjoys teaching others. Outside of tutoring, Chloe plays for the LT soccer team and participates in Athletic Training. She also plays club soccer and has been with her team for 7 years! By working at Mathnasium, Chloe hopes to gain experience working with children and spread her love of math to others. Fun Fact: Chloe once broke her foot playing laser tag! Note: She was winning the game before the incident.

Andrey Dalaliants

Instructor
Andrey is a Junior at Lyons Township High School. He has taken Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Pre-Calc, and is currently taking AP Calculus. He has previously attended Mathnasium and is excited to give students the same experience he had. In his free time, Andrey likes to swim and play guitar, he has been doing both since he was 9! He also interns in IT and enjoys computer programming. He hopes to share his love for math to his students. Fun Fact: Andrey speaks Russian fluently!

Laura Vanags

Instructor
Laura is a former math and technology adjunct professor. In addition to corporate training and private technology tutoring, she tutors math, physics, chemistry, and prep for ACT and SAT tests, and volunteer tutors underprivileged high school and undergraduate students. Since the pandemic, she has tutored virtually and created How to Join and How to Run Virtual Meetings courses. She loves seeing the light in students’ eyes as they master math and become enthusiastic about learning. Fun Fact: She used to mountain climb; now enjoys scuba diving and VR.

Kevin Romero

Instructor
Kevin is currently a Junior at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is getting his bachelor’s degree in Teaching of Mathematics. He was previously studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before deciding to pursue a career in education. He has studied Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations, and applied them in Physics/Engineering courses. He understands how crucial a solid foundation in mathematics is in STEM education and the value of a good tutor. Kevin is interested in space and science in general, as well as computers. He sets up Minecraft worlds for his cousins to build and explore in. He’s very excited to work with all the amazing Mathnasium students! Fun Fact: Kevin builds gaming computers as a hobby!

Matthew Lynch

Instructor
Matthew is a senior at Lyons Township High School and has completed Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus BC. He is looking forward to taking Calculus III, Linear Algebra, and AP Statistics this year. Matthew competes on the LT Math Team and also runs cross country and track! Math has always been his favorite subject and he enjoys sharing his love for math with others. He intends on majoring in computer science or math in college. Matthew also competes in programming competitions through BPA and is looking forward to sharing his interest in programming with students in a Learn to Code! Fun Fact: Matthew has visited 10 National Parks!

Ailiyana Knowles

Instructor
Ailiyana recently moved to Illinois from Florida where she taught students in grades K-8th. She has always loved education and dance. Ailiyana even has experience as a dance instructor. She loves to help others any way that she can. Ailiyana believes education is a one-size-fits all concept and educators are the tailors, helping students find their perfect fit. Her long term goals include becoming an elementary educator and opening her own exclusive recreation center. Fun Fact: Ailiyana loves to eat chicken nuggets!

Anna Sako

Instructor
Anna recently graduated from Nazareth Academy and will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to study Electrical Engineering. Her favorite class is mathematics, and her favorite branch math is calculus. She has played soccer for most of her life and has also done karate and cross country. She loves all animals (except spiders and snakes) and has two guinea pigs named Wilbur and Charlie. One of her favorite things to do is have lunch dates after school with her best friends. Fun Fact: Anna knows all the lyrics to Calculus Rhapsody (check it out - you will not be disappointed)!

Merritt Schneider

Instructor
Merritt is currently a Junior at Lyons Township high school. She has completed Algebra 1&2, Geometry and is currently taking Precalculus. She has always really preferred maths and sciences, and wants to go into education so working here is the perfect fit! In her free time she loves to listen to lots of music, paint and hang out with her friends. She also loves playing various sports although she isn't very good at any in particular! She is very excited to work at Mathnasium because she loves to see the kids succeed and learn new things with her help. Fun Fact: Merritt has a small white dog named Frank!

Chloe DiMonte

Instructor
Chloe is a senior at Fenwick High School. She has completed Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and is currently taking AP Calculus BC. Chloe’s passion for math stems from her love of puzzles and problem solving. Sudoku puzzles are her favorite pastime. Besides math, Chloe’s hobbies are tennis, reading and history. Chloe intends to pursue a degree in Computer Science or Bio-Medical Engineering. Chloe is so excited to share her love of math with others! Fun Fact: Chloe's biggest fear is snakes!

Olivia Grefenstette

Instructor
Olivia is currently a junior at Lyons Township High School. She has completed Algebra I and II as well as Geometry and Precalculus. Olivia has seen the extent to which Mathnasium has helped her younger sister and is excited to help others in such a way! In her free time, Olivia is an avid reader, runner, and gardener. She is passionate about empowering young minds, making Mathnasium the perfect job for her. Fun Fact: Olivia's middle name is spelled wrong on her birth certificate!

Emily Hsieh

Instructor
Emily is a junior at Oak Park and River Forest High School. She is currently taking Calculus BC and has previously taken all of the prerequisites. She has also taken Intro to Computer Science and Computer Science Principles. Emily enjoys math because she appreciates solving problems. She was taught that math is a language, and she wants to help other people learn to love that language. Outside of math, Emily is passionate about robotics and business. Fun Fact: Emily used to Taekwondo -- and got her black belt when she was 10!!

Lauren Casey

Instructor
Lauren is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in mathematics. She loves math, especially algebra! She has tutored for a total of 6 years. In college Lauren completed Algebra for Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Calculus I &II, and is currently taking Calculus III. She loves to help people who hate math and see it as a negative thing in their life, in order to change their perspective and open their eyes to loving math. Lauren's hobbies outside of math include graphic design, art, music, anything creative she can get her hands on. Fun Fact: Lauren has lived in 6 states, 10 houses, and has gone to 7 different schools!

Morgan Cahill

Instructor
Morgan a senior at Lyons Township High School. She has completed Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trig, and Precalculus. She will be taking Calculus BC during her senior year. Morgan has previously worked as a camp counselor and an after school nanny. She feels passionate about learning tough math subjects and applying those processes to regular situations. She also enjoys watching kids become more confident in themselves and their abilities. In her free time, she likes to play soccer, see live music, and improve her skills in computer programming!

Our Mathnasium Mission

Teach children math so they understand it, master it, and love it. Math can change their lives, and they can change the world.

What I love about Mathnasium is the ability to teach problem-solving skills and make math make sense, while also making a student smile.
Amber W., Mathnasium Instructor
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