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.

Sophia Orm

Assistant Center Director
Sophia is an Idaho native, graduating from Eagle High School with her Associate of General Science degree in addition to her High School Diploma. She is attending Boise State University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with minors in criminal justice and American Sign Language. Sophia joined the Mathnasium team in February of 2022 as an instructor, and has worked her way up to Assistant Center Director by July 2022. She has worked in for elderly care and currently also works as a teaching assistant for the American Sign Language department at BSU. In between working at the center and doing homework, Sophia enjoys drinking Dutch Bros and cooking.

Education: I graduated from Eagle High School and I’ve attended 2 years at Boise State University.

Fun Fact: I was on the wrestling team my freshman year of high school.

Favorite Number: 9 – It was my soccer jersey number until I was in high school!

Why I Love Mathnasium: I enjoy spending time connecting with the kids. I’m also driven to improve our center’s operations and maintain relationships with parents and students alike.

Brandon Alley

Lead Instructor
Brandon traveled a lot growing up; he has lived in Germany, England, Idaho, and Alaska. He graduated from Timberline High School in Boise. Brandon is currently a second-year engineering major at Boise State University. He joined the Mathnasium team in September 2021 and became lead instructor in March 2022. In his free time, Brandon enjoys eating Chick Fil A and IHOP, playing video games, and spending time with his friends.

Fun Fact: I played drumline in the high school band, I learned to ski in Germany, and I eat Chick Fil-A multiple times a week.

Education: I Graduated from Timberline High School, I’ve attended 2 years at Boise State University.

Favorite Number: 12!

Why I love Mathnasium:All the students are fun to be around with their unique understanding of math and interest in exploring more!

Cait Smith

Lead Instructor
Cait grew up traveling as part of a military family. She has lived in Washington, Japan, Nebraska, and England. She graduated high school from Joel E. Ferris in Spokane, Washington. Cait is currently finishing her degree in elementary education at Boise State University. Cait joined the Mathnasium team in May 2022, and has been a lead instructor since October 2023. Cait also works for the YMCA as a staff counselor for summer camps. Cait loves to travel on the weekends, as well as spend time with her friends.

Education: I Graduated from Joel E. Ferris High School and I’ve attended 5 years at Boise State University.

Favorite Number: 6– It’s even and it rocks!

Fun Fact: I have weathered many hurricanes; I have a six year old brother.

Why I love Mathnasium:I love working with all different types of students and watching them make breakthroughs.

Jeff Farley

Jeff was born and raised in Idaho, growing up in Orofino but graduated from Capital HS here in Boise. While in high school, he had a successful track career and also played football and basketball. Jeff earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education at Boise State University after attending the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. He also earned his Masters at University of Idaho in K-12 School Administration. After teaching math for 10 years at Capital High school, he became principal at Hillside Junior High, then Monroe Elementary. Jeff has been Cynthia Mann Elementary’s principal for 5 years. Jeff loves to influence young minds and hearts; coaching and molding students is his drive and passion. After school, Jeff enjoys coming to Mathnasium to get back to coaching math. On the weekends and in the summer, Jeff spends his time fishing, hunting, and camping, as well as spending time with his college aged sons.

Education: Masters from University of Idaho, Bachelor’s from Boise State University, also attended Undergrad at USCCA

Fun Fact: I slept on my school’s roof in a unicorn onesie in March 2020 because my students met their reading goal for the Read-athon.

Favorite Number: 9 - it was my college football number. Also, it’s a perfect square.

Why I love Mathnasium: Mathnasium gives us the opportunity to help kids through remediation or extension.

Braydon Goodson

I have taken Calculus 3 and I have helped my younger brothers with Math. I am involved in Basketball and Snowboarding and I like snowboarding, skateboarding, basketball, bike riding, building Legos, and working on cars.

Fun Fact: I own 12 Lego sets

Favorite Number: 3 because Allen Iverson is my favorite basketball player

Education: I graduated from Boise High in 2020 and now study mechanical engineering at Boise State University.

Why I Love Mathnasium: I love math and showing people why it's great.

Laney Lovrovich

I am currently in my third year studying Mathematics at Boise State, so I've taken too many math classes to count! I played volleyball and pole vaulted in high school. I graduated from Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, WA with a 4.0 GPA and have maintained a 4.0 throughout my time at Boise State. In my free time you can find me doing any arts and craft projects and attending as many sports events as I can!

Fun Fact: My favorite place in the world is my hometown, Gig Harbor, Washington.

Favorite Number: 1 because that was the number I wore playing volleyball in high school!

Education: I graduated from Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, WA in 2021 and I am currently a junior at Boise State University studying Mathematics with an emphasis in Secondary Education.

Why I Love Mathnasium: I love math and love making math fun!

Jiexi Mei

I have taken Algebra 1/Integrated I, Algebra 2/Integrated II, Geometry/Integrated II, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC (currently taking). At my school, there is a club called "Math Cafe." It's a program that provides a platform for students enrolled in higher-level math courses to serve as tutors, offering assistance to their peers who may be struggling with certain concepts. I myself have signed up as a tutor and have helped quite a few students with their work. I enjoy drawing, playing the piano, and dancing.

Fun Fact: I am bilingual and speak both English as well as Chinese.

Favorite Number: My favorite number is 18 because it is the day of my birthday!

Education: I am currently a sophomore attending Timberline High School.

Why I Love Mathnasium: I have had lots of interest in math starting from a young age since my parents placed a lot of value in becoming proficient in it. I thought that helping others would not only provide a good life experience, but it would also solidify some math concepts that I may have forgotten over the years in my mind. Teaching somebody else can also be a form of learning, after all.

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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