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.

Jennifer Speer


Jennifer has a unique perspective that allows her to understand your kids and help them.

She is a successful business owner and homeschooling mom of 3! She has the perspective of an educator as well as a busy parent and knows the challenges of both. Jennifer knows how to engage the kids and hold their interest. She keeps them progressing in math in a way they will actually enjoy!

Jennifer has always had a strong grip on Mathematics, earning her B.B.A in Finance at Southwest Texas State University and then owning and operating a successful business for over 10 years in the Brazos Valley alongside her husband James.

After finding Mathnasium and seeing what it can offer kids, they made a tough decision to sell their successful business with its comfortable lifestyle and start all over again. As scary as that sounds, they knew that parents in the Brazos Valley wanted the best for their children at an affordable price. There was already so much available for the many college students in Bryan/College Station, but not for elementary, middle, and high school students. Now, after being open for several years and expanding to multiple locations, we have hundreds of amazing success stories as a result of our passionate instructors, inspiring learning environment, teaching style and curriculum at Mathnasium! Let us help your student! 

Favorite Math Joke: There are 3 kinds of people in this world... Those who can count, and those who can't.

Fun Fact: Graduated college in 3 1/2 years with a 4.0!

I love Mathnasium because: I get to be a part of a great organization that changes kids' lives! Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?!?

Larry Martinek

Creator of the Mathnasium Method
Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From inner city public schools, to acclaimed magnet schools, to leading private and parochial schools, Larry has served as both a classroom teacher and as an educational consultant. He has designed curriculum, teaching strategies, and teaching materials to help students and teachers learn math more effectively. He has trained teachers in the art and science of boosting students' ability to “do” math, thereby increasing students' math scores and feeling of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium’s educational program – one of the most comprehensive and innovative curriculas ever produced for teaching math. While Larry is not an Instructor at our Center, he is a valuable asset we can call on to ask about specific students' scenarios for guidance and advice. This has helped to make visits more productive and enjoyable for many of our students.

Jules Saathoff

Lead Instructor

Jules is a student pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. She is from Portland, Texas and uses any excuse to visit the beach. Some of her hobbies include playing volleyball, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Favorite number: 10 - it's my family's jersey number :)

Favorite math joke: How are a dollar and the moon similar? ... They both have quarters!

In five years, I will be: Hopefully in medical school!

I love Mathnasium because: I love to see students get excited about a subject that is stereotyped as being difficult.

Emilie Hynes


Emilie is studying Mathematics at Texas A&M and getting a Secondary Education minor. She is from Houston, TX and enjoys spending time with her roommates at home, playing games, and going on walks to watch the sunset.

Favorite number: 2,­ it's the perfect number and never causes any problems!

Favorite math joke: Why did the student get upset when her teacher called her average? It was a ‘mean’ thing to say.

In five years, I will be: Teaching middle school or high school math, and maybe even helping out with the school dance team!

I love Mathnasium because: Math can be an intimidating and very scary subject that is easy to fall behind in, but Mathnasium helps make it easier to understand!

Maebry Sneed


Maebry is a student at Texas A&M pursuing a degree in secondary education for math and science. She enjoys reading, all outdoor activities, and rewatching Disney movies too many times. Maebry has an outgoing personality and loves to spend time with her friends.

Favorite number: 7: Seven has been my lucky number since I was a child, in one math class we learned that most single digit numbers had a rule to easily find out if a larger number is divisible by the single digit. The number seven did not have a rule tied to it, it was the outlier and it stood out. The number seven was different and intriguing and stuck to me as my favorite number because of that.

Favorite math joke: What do you call a number that can’t sit still? A roamin’ numeral!

In five years, I will be: Hopefully, running my own classroom. Teaching young students the fundamentals of algebra and possibly science. Sharing my love for math and science with the minds that will be leading the future.

I love Mathnasium because: It offers a safe place for students to better understand mathematical concepts as well as a safe place for me to further develop my skills as an instructor.

Carter Duggins


Carter Duggins is a 21 year old student at Texas A&M University. He is from San Antonio, loves math and science, and in his free time, enjoys playing video games, reading, writing, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and spending time with his two cats.

Favorite number: 13, because it's the day of my birth, and it's always seen as an unlucky number so I like to turn that on its head.

Favorite math joke: Why are clocks so round? They always go back for seconds!

In five years, I will be: I hope to graduate and be writing, trying to become a published author.

I love Mathnasium because: I get to help kids experience the amazing rush of finally figuring out a tough concept that they've been stuck on.

Spandana Devarakonda


Spandana is a third­ year Texas A&M University student pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Allied Health. She is from Austin, TX and enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing, and raising her beloved goldfish, Jerry.

Favorite number: Has always been 2 because most of the important dates in my life have the number 2 in them!

Favorite math joke: Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven eight nine!

In five years, I will be: In graduate school pursuing a Master's in Health Administration or working in the healthcare field as a health administrator!

I love Mathnasium because: I can help kids foster a positive relationship with math that will help them in their current and future educational journeys!

Kara Nelson


Kara is a student at Texas A&M studying Mathematics and Economics! She enjoys being with friends, playing tennis, and watching TAMU beat UT! She loves traveling and her favorite vacation is skiing in Beaver Creek, CO.

Favorite number: 12 because it is divisible by 4 consecutive numbers (1,2,3,4.... and also 6), and I was born on the 12th!

Favorite math joke: What did the triangle say to the circle? "You're pointless!"

In five years, I will be: Hopefully working or pursuing a masters degree in Data Science!

I love Mathnasium because: Math can be really fun and satisfying once you understand it, and it actually isn't as hard as people make it out to be. I love explaining hard concepts in terms we can all understand!

Lily Franchville


Lily is a freshman at Texas A&M majoring in Applied Math with Computer Science. She is from The Woodlands, Texas.

Favorite number: 7 - it stands out!

Favorite math joke: What do you call a surfer dude who loves math? An algebrah!

In five years, I will be: A computer programmer!

I love Mathnasium because: Solving a math problem is one of the most fulfilling feeling in the world. Helping others do so is even more gratifying, though!

Joshua Lockey


Joshua is a student at Texas A&M University studying Biology. He loves to read in his spare time, particularly anything relating to science, mathematics, and philosophy. He also likes to play chess and basketball.

Favorite number: Phi. Perhaps it's just one of many important ratios in math, but it happens to be my favorite. Plus it's endless like pi, and that's always intriguing.

Favorite math joke: Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven eight nine.

In five years, I will be: Pursuing my toxicology degree.

I love Mathnasium because: It provides the amazing opportunity to help others in a very special way. Math is awesome, and I love to see others improve at it and grow to really enjoy the subject.

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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