Mathnasium 1 S Waiola Ave, La Grange IL 60525 (708) 582-6593   lagrange@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:

Jana Frank, Owner

Jana is a former Chicago Public School teacher with degrees in psychology, education, and mathematics. She was individually selected to work under Dr. Paul Sally, the leading professor of the mathematics department at the University of Chicago who created the Everyday Math Program. In collaboration with him, she spent her summers bringing math enrichment to underprivileged students from the south side of Chicago. She has over ten years of private tutoring experience with students of all ages and levels, ranging from special education instruction with children with autism and ADHD to gifted enrichment, as well as test preparation for the college entrance exams ACT/SAT. After teaching multiple grades and subjects for over half a decade in the public schools, Jana has developed a passion for creating math curriculum that focuses on conceptual understanding and lasting fundamental knowledge rather than drill and memorization. Mathnasium, with its focus on number sense, has provided the perfect forum through which Jana can offer best practice in mathematical instruction and learning.

Fun Fact: In her free time, Jana practices flying trapeze and acrobatics!

Kaitlin Feely, Director of New Membership

Kaitlin is a recent graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University where she received her BFA in music theatre and a minor in mathematics. While music and performing have always been where her heart lies, COVID-19 has allowed her to pivot to her other passions of working with children and math! There is a definite link between music and math, and Kaitlin credits some of her success in both areas to her amazing mentors she has had along the way. She now hopes to be a mentor herself by using her energy and exuberance to create a fun and engaging learning experience for others. Prior to coming to Mathnasium, Kaitlin spent six summers at the Buffalo Grove Park District working as a camp counselor and site supervisor. She believes in the importance of providing kids with a variety of opportunities to discover their passions and to turn those passions into big dreams — and just maybe those dreams will start with math!

Fun Fact: Kaitlin was cast in a Broadway tour at the age of 10!

Jamal Riley, Director of Operations

Jamal is an undergraduate at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Majoring in Computer Engineering, he is on the road to his goal of one day becoming an engineer and an educator. A versatile learner, he is also studying business and working toward a teaching certificate. Jamal loves to teach because he believes that it goes beyond helping students with math. Although he has a high passion for STEM subjects, Jamal believes that the best part about teaching is building a mentoring relationship and connecting with the youth of today. Above all, he loves to be supportive of those around him. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Jamal has had many opportunities to teach STEM subjects in underdeveloped neighborhoods, teaching and assisting youth as young as preschool to as old as college undergraduates. In his free time, he dedicates his time to NSBE, an organization dedicated to community service, STEM subjects, and overall minority excellence. Jamal is thrilled to be able to spread his love and knowledge of math!

Fun Fact: Jamal loves Marvel comic books and movies!

Caitlyn Dynes, Center Director of Membership

Caitlyn is a graduate from Lewis University with a degree in Middle Level Education with a Concentration in Math. She plans to go back to school to get a Math Degree and a Secondary Education endorsement. Throughout all 4 years of high school, she has had straight A's in all of her Math classes and has been passionate about Mathematics since even before high school. Among all topics in Math, Algebra is her favorite topic because of all the steps and the mystery letters. She loves breaking down problems to the very end because it feels like a puzzle! Caitlyn loves helping other students, including her own classmates when she was still in high school, because she loves that feeling when somebody has that light bulb above their head because of her! She is always willing to work on improving her teaching skills and herself as a person, which is why she also has two passions: painting nails/nail technician and teaching math. She couldn't choose which one she wanted to be, so she wants to be both! Part of the reason why she wants to be both is because, well, she has almost 300 bottles of nail polish! Either way, she is excited to share her passion for teaching math and tries to make it enjoyable as possible.

 Fun Fact: Caitlyn has visited haunted places such as the Winchester House and Alcatraz, and wants to go to even more haunted places! Scary! 

 

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!

 

Jena Kenaan, 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.

 

Sara Gjorgjevska, Instructor

Sara is currently a junior at Lyons Township High School. She has taken Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry and is currently taking Precalculus./ She has always loved math and it’s always been her favorite subject! Sara loves math because she likes feeling relief after learning a new concept or strategy and being able to apply it. Teaching kids is one of her favorite things because seeing them light up after learning something so challenging is always the best feeling.

Fun Fact: Sara loves baking in her free time!

 

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! 

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!