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.

Madeleine Panter

Assistant Center Director
In college, I have taken algebra, trigonometry, and calculus 1. So far trigonometry has been my favorite subject! An accomplishment I have made this year is getting my associates degree. When I worked at surf n swim, I worked as a swimming instructor. My class consisted of about 6 children ages 5-7. I think this work experience is very helpful for this job because I learned how to effectively teach children. Even though swimming and math are two very different things, the same teaching skills that I learned can be applied to this job. In my free time, I love to be outside! I enjoy swimming, hiking, and walking outside with my pets.

Fun Fact: I was born in Germany!

Favorite Number, why?: My favorite number is 7! It has always been my lucky number.

Education: In 2020, I graduated from Syracuse high school. After graduating, I started school at Weber State University. This year I received my associates degree in general studies and now I am working towards a bachelors degree in math with a minor in computer science.

Why I love Mathnasium: I love helping people with math. I know it can be a very challenging subject, so it makes me happy when I can use my math skills to help others succeed!

Kassidy Shumway

Regional Operations Director / Owner
Kassidy Shumway grew up in Bountiful, Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University in 2011. While at BYU, Kassidy earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Civil Engineering, was a TA in the math department, and also found time to be an All-American and a team captain and member of the BYU Women's Soccer Team. Kassidy has many years of experience coaching children of all ages in soccer. She has been helping students at Mathnasium since January 2013. Kassidy and her husband have two kids and two active dogs.

Fun Fact: Is in a video on YouTube with over 6 million views

Education: Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from BYU

Why I love Mathnasium: I love helping kids realize that math can be fun. My favorite part of my job is going into elementary schools and putting on Math Nights. Laughing and having fun with kids while we do math is so rewarding!

Reed Brown

Owner
Reed has always loved math and enjoys helping kids learn to love math and how to use math in their daily lives. Reed earned a BS of Electrical Engineering degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Business Administration degree at Boise State University. Reed has spent over 25 years as a successful engineering and operations executive at Hewlett Packard, Quantum, and Iomega. In 2004, he decided to test his entrepreneurial skills and created Matchbin (now Radiate Media), a successful internet software company. Over the last 10 years, Reed has been active in the Utah technology community. As a member of the Governor's Technology Initiative Advisory Board for the State of Utah, he has helped to grow funding for engineering programs at Utah Universities and Colleges. Reed and his team is committed to helping children grow their interest and confidence in math and prepare them for a successful college education and career in technology, business, finance, medical, manufacturing, science, biology, or other fields that require strong math skills.

Fun Fact: Decided to become an Electrical Engineer because of 8th grade shop project making a DC motor

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from BYU and Masters of Business Administration degree from Boise State University

Tacy Lomax

Lead Instructor
I have taken Secondary 1-3, AP Physics 1 Algebra, and I am currently enrolled in AP Calculus AB. This year I was student of the month of February for math which was pretty cool! I am a part of the Syracuse City Youth Court where I am on the panel made purely of high school youths, where we mentor other kids who are around our age and help to give them a second chance! With this experience I have learned how to communicate with people well, how to manage funds and files, and other things related to this. I love the mountains! In the winter I am always skiing or snowboarding!!! When I'm going down a run at 50 miles per hour it feels like flying! I love it so much. In the summer I love hiking, paddleboarding, and camping with my family. I also have picked up a new love for drawing and doodling.

Fun Fact: I can name all of the state capitals

Favorite Number, why?: 21! I have always loved the multiplication table 3x7 =21. I would always get a little excited every time I saw it! It's so satisfying for some reason.

Education: I am currently a Junior at Clearfield Highschool!

Why I love Mathnasium: You know when you've been working really hard at trying to figure out an equation but it never quite works then finally you get that little aha moment? I love that! It's so much fun to be able to help other people to get that little aha moment for themselves. It's magical.

Madie Dustin

Instructor
I've taken all advanced math classes since 7th grade, secondary 1-3, business accounting 1&2, and am enrolled in CE 1050 for my senior year. I am co-president of Syracuse City Youth Court which is an amazing restorative justice program made up of youth from my city aimed at providing resources and guidance to kids who are struggling. This has really taught me the importance of being a good role model and how to communicate well with both youth and adults. I volunteered for Mathnasium through National Honors Society and absolutely loved the environment and getting to know and help the kids love math as much as I do! I love to read and scrapbook, both of which make me sound a bit like an old lady at times. I love to travel and had the opportunity to visit Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands this summer on a student travel trip! I love animals and have so much fun playing with my chickens and dog in the summertime. I also enjoy painting, drawing, and being creative!

Fun Fact: I read 100 books last school year

Favorite Number, why?: My favorite number is probably π, or 3.14159... when I first learned about irrational numbers I thought it was so interesting to have a number that never repeats or ends, especially one that has so many uses in geometry!

Education: I am currently a senior at Syracuse High School!

Why I love Mathnasium: My dream is to become a teacher and I love math and working with kids. Mathnasium is a wonderful opportunity to combine both my passions!

Shaun Sorensen

Instructor
I have taken Secondary Math Honors 1-3. I am currently in AP BC Calculus and AP Physics C Mechanics. I have participated in the Syracuse High school robotics team. I like figuring out the problems and finding new solutions. I also have participated in various choirs both inside of school and out. I have volunteered with the Syracuse Youth Court for the past two years. That has given me the opportunity to work with many kids of different ages and in various situations. I like to do robotics and go mountain biking and longboarding. I also like to read, listen to music, and hang out with my brothers.

Fun Fact: I have been learning chinese for the past 12 years.

Favorite Number, why?: My favorite number would have to be 10 because it is easy to multiply, divide, add, and subtract with.

Education: I am a Junior at Syracuse High School.

Why I love Mathnasium: Math has always been my favorite subject and I am excited to be able to help others with math. I love the joy when someone finally gets the right answer or figures something out.

Aaliyah Giles

Instructor
I have taken secondary math 1-3, CE chemistry which involves a lot of math, and currently I am enrolled in CE 1010 and CE 1050 math this school year. I used to play the piano for 8 years, but I recently stopped playing. I like to bake and cook for fun. I love to go hiking with my friends. I also love taking naps.

Fun Fact: I am the oldest of 7 kids, and have 6 younger siblings.

Favorite Number, why?: My favorite number probably has to be 3, I don't know why it is 3, but it is.

Education: I am currently a senior at Syracuse High School.

Why I love Mathnasium: I like it because I like to be able to help kids, and math has always been a pretty good subject of mine.

Luke Burchell

Instructor
I’m currently taking AP calculus BC along with AP Physics Mechanics, and I've completed Secondary math I through III. I am a member of the Northridge golf team along as the TSA and MESA clubs. I’ve always loved engineering and math is a big part of that. I love to golf, fish, and play pickleball. I’ll play any sport but I’m only confident in my abilities in pickle ball and golf. I fly fish as much as I can in the summer spring and fall. I also really love board games. Most Friday nights you’ll find me with five of my friends having more fun than we should moving meaningless bits of plastic around. I also enjoy to 3d model and print. I’ll make anything from organizers for board games to random parts I need to fix stuff.

Fun Fact: I can make various animal noises (about as well as you’d expect) I’ve also gotten a perfect score in Wii sports bowling.

Education: I’m in my junior year of high school at Northridge High. I’ll graduate in 2025 and I plan to major in Mechanical engineering.

Favorite Number, why?: 5 when a child I thought that the even numbers were the good guys and the odd were the bad guys. Even still I think they both have that respective vibe. Despite being an odd number I think that 5 is the “least odd number” so to speak. It’s still odd but it’s trying its best with easy addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

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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