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:
Scott Penkova, Regional Director
Scott has worked with Mathnasium, first as a Center Director in Fort Mitchell and now as the Regional Director of four locations, Blue Ash, Mason, West Chester and Fort Mitchell, KY. He came to Mathnasium after working for years in different school settings, from public to private, and brick and mortar to online! He uses the many different experiences to help students achieve high levels of understanding in mathematics. He works closely with all of his Centers' staffs to make sure that they are giving the same emphasis on understanding and passion towards what we do. He still works on instructing students in our one-on-one model but also enjoys being able to cultivate each instructor into the best teacher they can be. When he isn't working you will find him spending time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys being outside and reading books.
Elise McClary, Center Director
Elise McClary graduated with a degree in Chemistry from Binghamton University. She started her career by working briefly in post-secondary academia, followed by time working in various laboratories across the US. Eventually, she left to pursue a longtime passion of hers, driven by years of over-excited explanations of her research to friends and family: the art of making complex topics simple.
Now, she seeks to reach out to students to instill the same love for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mechanics that drove her in her own field of study to the next generation of students. In particular, she wants to inspire traditionally under-represented women to pursue their passions in STEM by giving them a solid foundation in mathematics.
Ahilya Bali, Lead Instructor
This fall, Ahilya will begin studying biomedical engineering at University of Cincinnati. She came from a background of tutoring middle school and younger high school students, but wanted to learn the ins and outs of tutoring younger children. She came to Mathnasium to broaden her experience and sharpen her skills. She plans to continue tutoring while studying at UC. When she's not hard at work studying, she continues a ten year history of learning classical Indian dance and trying out new forms of dance whenever possible.
Steve Kleykamp, Instructor
There is only one thing more exciting than learning Math: it’s teaching other people Math. I enjoy seeing students in those “light bulb” moments when they begin to understand a concept that seemed difficult at first. Each person has the right to an equal opportunity to an education, and a great understanding of Math is important to unlocking the secrets of the universe and opening the door to wisdom.
Each student can do well in Math through hard work and dedication. Sometimes the student begins to doubt and to fall behind, but this is often owing to missing a few key points. It is my job to find the gaps in the student’s understanding and to apply the concepts of Mathnasium. Doing so restores the student’s confidence and encourages the student to continue the hard work.
Math is relevant to everyone’s learning. Fancy smartphones are the product of Math; the phone signals that connect us are impossible without Math; the software that controls the phones result from Math. Understanding Math is even vital to success in other school subjects like science, reading, and writing since they are related. Equal opportunity to an education is only possible if everyone has a good foundation in Math. I have four children, all grown, one cat, named Cash, and I speak four languages fluently. I earned an MBA at the University of Cincinnati in 2002.
Sean Swayze, Instructor
Ayanda Scoburgh, Instructor
Kenneth Barr, Instructor
Hannah Foss, Instructor