Our staff is built to teach each student individually, to develop the skills they need to thrive in mathematics, and to foster a love of learning.

Amanda Barbian

Assistant Center Director
Amanda holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where she also attended a teacher preparatory program for 5-12 Mathematics. She has 10 years of experience teaching and tutoring math, including 2 years teaching at a charter school high school in Brooklyn Park. Amanda’s favorite thing about math is that there are so many flexible ways to think about it and solve problems. When working with students she loves discovering new ways to communicate math in ways that make sense to the student, so that they can feel more confident! When not teaching, Amanda is usually working on a new craft, playing board games at home, or having fun with her lab-mix, Lily.


Austin grew up in Ramsey, Minnesota and now resides in Ham lake. He is currently attending high school at PACT Charter School, where his favorite classes are in math. He has always loved math and logic, especially chess, for which he recently won 3rd overall at a state tournament. His other hobbies include baseball, music, and playing video games. Austin thinks math is important because it helps develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. He enjoys working with students because he likes showing them the beauty of math.


Dan has a BA in both Philosophy and German from the University of Minnesota, where he also minored in mathematics. Since graduating he has tutored students in math through both the Upward Bound program and private tutoring. He says that math “can actually be really fun” and thinks it is important because it can open doors to so many different fields. His goal is to continue teaching but also to get a chance to travel and keep studying history and geography.


A MN Native, Carter grew up in Zimmerman MN and currently resides in the small town of St. Francis. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities and plans to later go to graduate school to pursue research in math! He thinks math education is important for everyone because regardless of a person’s path in life, math is a great way to train your critical thinking and problem solving skills. Carter has a passion for learning math and looks forward to opportunities to learn more math and teach others about it! When he isn’t studying, Carter enjoys music, video games, and longboarding, and collecting legos.


Raymond is currently working on B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, with a goal of eventually going into aerospace engineering. He believes that math is important because it “is the basis for almost everything in the modern world”. He remarks that math has helped him “write code for robots, design rubber band miniguns, and build flying drones!”. Having grown up in Andover, Raymond is excited to work with young future mathematicians this summer!

Our Mathnasium Mission

Teach children math so they understand it, master it, and love it. Math can change their lives, and they can change the world.

What I love about Mathnasium is the ability to teach problem-solving skills and make math make sense, while also making a student smile.
Amber W., Mathnasium Instructor

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