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!
Anthony Paparo, Regional Director
Anthony graduated from Elmhurst College with a degree in Mathematics and Physics. He has had a passion for math for a long time and worked as a Calculus tutor during his time spent at Elmhurst, while also working as a researcher at the BITS Physics Lab in Elmhurst. During his studies in college, he focused heavily on math courses that complement the study of physics, such as Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers. After graduating, he spent time applying his skills in the field of Data Analysis for nearly 2 years. His excitement towards helping others learn and understand mathematical concepts has led him to find his calling with Mathnasium! He is excited to do everything he can to help others become more confident in their math abilities. Anthony was previously the Director of Instruction at Mathnasium of Oak Park/River Forest and the Center Director at Mathnasium of La Grange, and is excited to be the Regional Director of Mathnasium of La Grange, Oak Park/River Forest, Mount Prospect, and Shorewood!
Fun Fact: Anthony's favorite holiday is Halloween and he celebrates it year-round!
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!
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!
Jacob Friesen, Assistant Director of Education
Jacob is an Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate and currently a student at Dominican University in River Forest, working on a double major in Economics and Mathematics. Jacob thinks math is fun and can be exciting, and he often gives himself opportunities to figure out little problems here and there in creative ways. Jacob has done tutoring before through college classes, and he absolutely loves working with children in figuring out the math. Outside of math, Jacob likes to play video games and write down jokes for comedy skits or bits he's working on. The only things Jacob loves more than math are dogs. Jacob is happy to be a part of the Mathnasium team and is excited to work with all of the students!
Fun Fact: Jacob was born in Chad, Africa!
Art Keegan, Lead Instructor
Art is an accomplished Financial Management Executive and retired Banker/Investment Manager. As a son of a former Chicago Public School Teacher, Art has embraced a new career in giving back to the La Grange community as a Substitute Teacher in District 102 and 204, as well as tutoring at the La Grange Mathnasium facility. His honors track Math courses at Lyons Township inspired him to pursue a degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois (Champaign) and a Masters degree in Corporate Finance from the University of Chicago. With a career in Banking and Trading ahead of him his facility for numbers and mental math came in handy. He used his math background to perform rigorous analysis of Sub Prime loans and developed statistical models to stress test customer behavior. Art's Banking colleagues agreed that he had a flair for explaining difficult concepts in varied ways and that teaching would be a natural for him.
As Math tutor to his two sons who currently attend Lyons Township, Art found enrichment in the smiles his kids had when the "light bulb" went off and the Math concept made sense. After a successful career of "climbing the Corporate ladder", Art was able to retire and pursue a career that he feels compassionate about and enjoys. He hopes to inspire future generations of students in understanding that Math can be fun and interesting, as well as a strong foundation for future success in life.
Fun Fact: Art has traveled to 48 countries and 6 continents, and hopes to make 100 countries and 7 continents before he considers his traveling complete!
Eloise Driscoll, Instructor
Eloise is currently a junior at Lyons Township High School and is excited to be taking Pre-Calculus Honors and meeting with the LT Math Team. She is a section leader of the LTHS Marching Band. Over the summer, Eloise was a counselor in training for Swift Nature Camp and had a blast canoeing, camping and fishing. On the weekends, she loves visiting thrift stores, playing video games and hanging out with her sister. Eloise wants to teach math in a way that makes sense and inspire kids to love math too. After college, Eloise is planning on going into statistics or math education.
Fun Fact: Eloise won the National Geography Bee at her middle school!