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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:

CenterDirector

Center Owner

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. 

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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.

 
After graduating from high school, Caroline chose the U. of Wisconsin Madison in order to pursue degrees in Economics and Mathematics.  She is currently a junior at UW.  While at UW she has continued to tutor seventh and eighth grade students at Madison's Sennett Middle School as part of Badger Volunteers program.  Caroline has also tutored high school students at Madison East high school as a participant in Americore's "Achievement Connections" Program.
 
In addition to her UW course work and volunteer tutoring, Caroline has also found time to intern for WI State Senator La Tonya Johnson's office.  Caroline's work for the Senator has focused on doing legislative research related to health and human resource issues.  Based on her experience as an intern, Caroline plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Public Health Administration.

  

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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.  

 
Elise's volunteer activities while in high school, included being a member of "Family, Career and Community Leaders of America" (FCCLA).  Elise was involved in activities designed to serve FCCLA's mission to support families on Madison's west side.  Elise was also a volunteer lab assistant at UW's Eldridge Laboratory.  She supported the lab's research of lung disease.  Her work at Eldridge confirmed Elise's interest in pursuing a career as a doctor.  
 
In addition to academic and volunteer activities, Elise also found time to swim.  As a three year member of the Middleton H.S. women's varsity swim team, Elise captained the 2016 Middleton H.S. team, which won the 2016 team state championship.
 
Elise now attends Kenyon College in Ohio.  She is pursing a Bio-Chem degree with a pre-med career track.  And.....she is a member of Kenyon College's nationally renown D-3 varsity swim team.  
 
We look forward to having Elise as an Instructor during her college breaks.

  

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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. 

 
Bennett credits his academic success to being a fast learner.  He applied the same aptitude toward athletics.  Bennett started competitive swimming late, as a freshman in high school.  As a sophomore he became a member of the Varsity swim team.  As a junior and senior he was elected captain of the Varsity swim team.
 
Bennett is currently a sophomore at UW Madison, studying Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics.  During Bennett's freshman year at UW Bennett he was selected as a member of the Engineering Dept.'s BadgerLoop initiative. BadgerLoop team members have an opportunity to work on real world engineering and transportation challenges leading to the creation of "hyperloop" high speed passenger train travel. 
 
"Learning fast" and "learning how to go fast" will serve Bennett well as he pursues his ultimate dream of becoming an astronaut. 

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

 
Theresa is currently a junior at UW Madison, enrolled as a Elementary Education major with minors in Mathematics and Environmental Studies.  As an education major, Theresa's teaching experiences while at UW include; spending a semester abroad as an Education USA Intern Teacher in Ecuador, volunteering through World Relief USA as a 1st thru 4th grade tutor to Afghan refugees, and a 3rd thru 5th grade teacher's aid at University Avenue Discovery Center in Madison.  
 
Theresa is an avid environmentalist.  She has volunteered and worked for organizations that promote the improvement of the habitat.  Theresa has worked for RED Agroforestry in Guatemala to support prudent land use, volunteered as a member of Badger Volunteers in land maintenance projects in the Madison area and is currently a Campus Ambassador for the Peace Corps.
 
Theresa experience as a teacher's aid and tutor combined with her desire to teach professionally have made her one of Mathnasium's most sought after Instructors.  Students are always excited to have a chance to work with "Ms T."

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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." 

 
It is safe to say that Derek "cleared the bar," graduating from Middleton HS., with a perfect GPA (4.0) and a perfect score on the ACT (36).  His high school math studies included completing Calculus ABC at Middleton High and taking college level math courses on the UW campus his junior and senior years.  Derek gained tutoring experience his senior year by auditing high school math classes and serving as an in class tutor for his classmates.
 
In an effort to avoid being type casted as a math nerd, Derek also played a little soccer in high school.  His achievements as a soccer player include being: selected 1st team All-State, voted conference soccer Player of the Year, nominated for Wisconsin Gatorade player of the year, and setting his high school's record for goals scored.     
 
Derek will be attending Brown University to study Applied Mathematics and playing Ivy League soccer on Brown's Varsity soccer team.