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 focus 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. Jana is the current owner at Mathnasium of Oak Park/River Forest and is excited to bring Mathnasium to La Grange and join the community!
Fun Fact: Jana practices flying trapeze and acrobatics in her free time!
Anthony Paparo, Center Director
Anthony graduated from Elmhurst College in 2013 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 which 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 finding 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 he is excited to be the Center Director at Mathnasium of La Grange!
Fun Fact: Anthony's favorite holiday is Halloween, and he celebrates it year-round!
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!
SJ Kim, Instructor
SJ is a graduate from Grinnell College with a degree in Mathematics and is planning to go to school for data science. Among math subjects, SJ thinks statistics is very interesting, because statistics is the study of uncertainty. SJ recently moved to Illinois from Iowa, and was from the Republic of Korea before then. SJ loves to help people who are struggling for math, and he feels rewarding to help them out. SJ believes learning math helps people to have rational thought process, so that there is higher chance to make logical decisions. SJ also likes to practice boxing! SJ believes boxing is a very scientific sport which involves a lot of math and physics!
Fun Fact: SJ served as a military police officer in the Republic of Korea Air Force for two years!
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!
Gabriel Ngwe, Instructor
Gabriel graduated from Williams College in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and from Loyola University in 2019 with a Master's degree. He worked as a Calculus tutor at Williams and gave lectures to students at Loyola. A Chicago native, Gabriel's really passionate about helping students grow and flourish mathematically. When he's not tutoring students in math, he likes to play videogames and basketball on the weekends. Gabriel plans to become a teacher in the future to help make math make sense for his students.
Fun Fact: Gabriel once climbed a mountain in zero degree weather!
Chloe Reynolds, Instructor
Chloe is a Junior 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.
Maeve Seyer, Instructor
Maeve is currently a junior at Lyons Township High School where she has taken Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre Calculus, and is taking AP Calculus BC. Maeve has played volleyball since she was ten, and now plays for the LT volleyball team and Celtic Force VBC in her free time. She loves STEM, especially programming and technology. Maeve hopes to study computer programming in college, and become a software developer when she's older. Math has always been her favorite subject, and she hopes to make math more enjoyable for her students!
Fun Fact: Maeve is learning to play guitar, and her favorite song to play is "Fine Line" by Harry Styles!
Edward McGee, Instructor
Edward is currently enrolled at Vanderbilt University working toward a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering. Math has always been one of Edward’s passions. He has taken several advanced math courses including multi-variable calculus and differential equations, and has tutored others in both subjects. He has combined the skills from these courses with his passion for chemistry through courses like thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Edward is currently applying to gradate school to earn his Ph. D. in chemical engineering as well, after which he hopes to become a college professor. Before that, he hopes to help students find their passion in math with Mathnasium. In his free time, Edward loves playing sports, video games, and the clarinet.
Fun Fact: Edward plays club water polo at Venderbilt (which is by far the world's best sport)!
Caitlyn Dynes, Instructor
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!
Josh Mayer, Instructor
Josh is currently in his final year at Roosevelt University for a graduate degree in secondary education with endorsements in business and math. Josh is also a graduate of Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Josh hopes to be able to student teach in the Spring semester of 2021 and then begin his teaching career the following Fall. Josh’s favorite subjects are statistics and algebra and he is excited to work with all sorts of students at Mathnasium. In his free time, Josh likes to travel and go on road trips. He also has a dog named Felix and just recently adopted a kitten named Bunny.
Fun Fact: Josh used to work for Rover during college, where he dog-sat and walked over 20 different dogs!
Joe Petrone, Instructor
Joe graduated from Northwestern University in 2010, where he became certified to teach social studies at the high school level. His passion for math and working with special education students, however, led him to pursue a master's degree in special education at Concordia University in his hometown of River Forest, Illinois. Joe used this degree to teach math and science intervention classes for the past seven years in both Wisconsin and California. His favorite course to teach is geometry, but he has also taught pre-algebra, algebra I, algebra II, biology, chemistry, and physics. In 2019 Joe was accepted into the Educational Leadership Program at the University of California - Los Angeles, where he began pursuing a doctorate in education. However, his love for research made him decide to seek a PhD program in special education, which he is excited to begin in the fall of 2021. Joe is a proud alum of Oak Park and River Forest High School, and loves his hometown. He is a runner, piano player, an avid traveler who is currently learning Italian. In addition to teaching he has tutored over 100 students for the ACT and SAT in the past 10 years. He is glad to be back in Chicago after many years away and excited to join the Mathnasium family!
Fun Fact: Joe has a long lost cousin in Italy who shares his name and exact birthday!
Lauren Cole, Instructor
Lauren is a graduate of Lyons Township High School. She is an undergraduate student at Miami University majoring in Public Health with a concentration on Human Disease and Epidemiology. Lauren has taken courses through AP Calculus AB in high school. She believes that each student is unique and has the ability to succeed. Lauren has a passion for STEM and hopes to one day become an epidemiologist. Outside of school, she is a member of the Miami University Marching Band and loves giving back to her community. Lauren is excited to connect with and show students that math can be fun at Mathnasium!
Fun Fact: Lauren considers herself the world's biggest Star Wars fan and even owns pieces of film from the original film reels!