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:
My name is Scott Zettek and I am the owner of Mathnasium Madison West. I earned my B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to working with Mathnasium I was a general management executive in the consumer goods and industrial distribution industries.
I first learned of Mathnasium when my wife enrolled my son as a second grader. Almost immediately after enrolling, my son's interest in math increased, and within six months his school math performance improved an entire grade level. He continues to attend Mathnasium two to three times a week because "it's fun!" He is eager to tackle math in school and to my continued amazement, excited to do his math homework.
I was so impressed with my son's progress I began to look into the Mathnasium curriculum and methodolgy. I became convinced I could bring this resource to Madison-area children. The Mathnasium of Madison team looks forward to working with your students and helping them improve thier math skills.
Caroline Mack, Instrutor
Caroline is from and attended high school in Bettendorf, IA. While in high school, Caroline discovered she had a talent and a love for mathematics. This fondness of the subject enabled her to excel in all of her high school math courses up to and including advanced placement Calculus AB. As one her high school's top student's, a four year member of the Varsity cross country team and an active volunteer in her community , Caroline was elected as an Officer in the high school National Honors Society. Caroline's high school volunteering activity included tutoring math twice a week at her local middle school. This is when Caroline discovered her second love, working with children.
Elise Hokanson, Instructor
Elise is from Middleton, WI and is a graduate of Middleton High School. While at Middleton High Elise established herself as a top student (3.98 gpa) propelling her to be recognized as a member of the National Honors Society. Her accomplishments as a math student enabled Elise to complete Calculus ABC and participate in Madison area high school's "Youth Options" program. Youth Options participants travel to UW Madison's campus during the student's junior and senior years to complete college level math courses. Elise successfully completed Linear Algebra and Advanced Calculus at UW while at Middleton High.
Bennett Jaskaniec, Instructor
Bennett is from Menomonee Falls, WI. A graduate of Menomonee Falls high school, Bennett graduated at the top of his class and was recognized as a National Honors Society student. While in high school Bennett completed eleven AP courses, including Calculus AB and Statistics.
Mike Lueke, Instructor
Mike is currently a fifth year senior at UW Madison. He is completing his major in Mathematics with a minor in Education. After Mike graduates he plans on becoming a high school math teacher.
Originally, from Neenah, WI, Mike attended UW Eau Claire his freshman and sophomore years. While attending Eau Claire, Mike discovered his love of teaching while formally tutoring fellow students in math and science. His stellar academic performance at Eau Claire enabled him to be accepted his junior year into UW Madison’s highly ranked mathematics program.
Mike possess an uncanny ability to relate to the students struggling with math. His patient and intuitive nature have enabled him to quickly identify individual student’s learning styles. His innate teaching skills and passion for mathematics have made him a favorite of the students at Mathnasium. Mike’s popularity and rapport among the students at Mathnasium has resulted in the students referring to him as “Magic Mike.”
Thomas Friesch, Instructor
Since his days as a student/athlete at nationally ranked Whitefish Bay H.S., outside of Milwaukee, “Tommy” has always been a high achiever. Gifted with exceptional foot speed, Tommy was a three sport varsity athlete and selected as an All-State track athlete. His high school athletic accolades culminated with Tommy being recognized as a “Wisconsin Scholar Athlete” finalist.
Tommy’s standard of excellence extends beyond athletics. Biomedical Engineering, his chosen field of study at UW Madison, is one of the most challenging degrees the University offers. Combining elements of engineering and medical study, his course work demands that he possess exceptional mathematics skills. Through his junior year Tommy has been a Dean’s List student every semester. After graduation Tommy plans to continue his education and will pursue a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering.
Tommy’s experience working with younger students includes coaching track and baseball during summer sports camps. Currently Tommy is an academic mentor for UW underclassman interested in pursuing Engineering degrees. His experience coaching and mentoring have enabled him to develop a teaching style that works well with the students at Mathnasium. His calm and assured approach to instructing students math has resulted in the students he works with not only learning new math skills, but also becoming more confident in themselves and proving to themselves they can master math.
Ashling Davern, Instructor
Ashling is currently a sophomore at UW Madison and is pursuing degrees in elementary and special education. Earning her degree in education will enable Ashling to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a math teacher.
Ashling never met an extracurricular activity she didn’t like. While attending high school outside of Chicago, she was a two sport varsity athlete. In addition to her participation in athletics, Ashling was heavily involved in activities working with fellow students and children, including being a member of the Math National Honor Society, working with younger children as a park district basketball coach and during her senior year, participating as a leader in an adaptive physical education class with students who had physical disabilities.
Since enrolling at UW, Ashling has continued to stay involved in several volunteer organizations. She is currently an executive board member on the “Badgers for Special Olympics,” a program leader at Gigis Playhouse (a nationwide achievement center for children with Down syndrome), and a volunteer for Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization.
Ashling’s current studies at UW are well suited to her responsibilities at Mathnasium. Ashling’s degree curriculum has included education specifically related to the theories of teaching math to K through 8th students. Guiding struggling students to overcome their fear and anxiety related to learning math in school is particularly rewarding to Ashling.
Eduardo Reyes, Instructor
Eduardo (a.k.a. Eddie) is from Washington D.C. As a high school student Eddie distinguished himself in the classroom, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average and earning recognition as a member of the National Honors Society. While in high school Eddie discovered his passion for math. This passion motivated him to become a math and SAT prep tutor during his junior and senior years. When not studying or tutoring math, Eddie was enjoying math as a member of the Math Club and Robotics Club.
Eddie was rewarded for his high school academic achievements, by receiving a POSSE Foundation full academic scholarship to UW Madison. The POSSE Foundation is a charitable institution that awards scholarship grants to inner city public high school students that the Foundation recognizes as having outstanding academic and leadership potential. At UW Eddie is double majoring in Mathematics and Spanish.
As someone that truly enjoys being involved in math, Eddie derives great satisfaction from helping students find their own enjoyment of math. He believes that learning math “should be a source of satisfaction for all students.” This belief is a very strongly felt by Eddie. That is why after graduating UW Eddie intends to share his heartfelt feelings about math, by becoming a math teacher.
Theresa Nepomuceno, Instructor
Theresa is from Barrington, Il, just outside of Chicago. Theresa's high school offered a curriculum designed to allow students interested in a teaching career, to select courses specific to child development and the teaching profession. As a participant in this curriculum, Theresa was able to work as a teacher's aid at a local grade school. This experience proved to Theresa that she wanted to become a elementary/middle school teacher.
Derek Waleffe, Instructor
When Derek was applying for a job as a tutor at Mathnasium, he was asked "why would you be a good math tutor?" Derek replied, "math is the family business." Derek than went on to explain that since both his mom and dad are tenured professors of math and engineering at UW Madison, the bar for academic performance "was set high."