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.

Christel Barnett

Lead Instructor
Hello! My name is Christel! I absolutely love teaching kids all kids of math topics. I hold a Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics from Eastern New Mexico University and am currently finishing my Master's of Arts in Theoretical Mathematics. Some of my favorite topics that I have studied are Differential Equations, Differential Geometry, and Squircles! I have enjoyed tutoring and teaching all kids of students and hope to continue to do so throughout the years!

Tanja Hilderbrand

Lead Instructor
Hello, I’m Tanja! I recently graduated from Northside High School and I am currently attending Columbus State University. I enjoy extending and challenging my knowledge with different topics and I think exploring mathematical concepts is a wonderful way to do that. Some of my hobbies include studying, playing the viola, painting, and spending time with my friends. I particularly enjoy helping others whenever I can and I understand how challenging math can be for some. I love being able to help teach a concept to a child that they’ll hopefully remember for years to come!

Kim Dove

Math Instructor
Hi, my name is Kim Dove and I love math. I graduated from Troy University with a degree in accounting with a minor in comupter science. I discovered that my passion was for teaching and earned a Masters degree from Auburn University. I have been involved in education for over 30 years. I have taught everything from 4th grade to college classes. I served as the director for a math and science program in Alabama for over 10 years and earned an education specialist degree. I am now teaching middle and high school students in Georgia. My goal is to help students learn that math can be fun instead of a challenge. It is like a great mystery just waiting to be solved.

Tom Hobbs

Math Instructor
Hi. I’m Tom, and I enjoy teaching math to the wonderful kids at Mathnasium! I retired from teaching high school after almost three decades, most of which were spent at Smiths Station High School. I enjoy teaching and learning. I earned my Master’s Degree in Math Education at what was then Columbus College in 1995, and my Bachelor of Science in Communication (Broadcasting) at the University of Tennessee in 1977. Upon graduating from UT, I was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. Following Infantry Officer Basic, I earned my Ranger tab and Airborne wings before shipping off to Germany, where I spent three years as a platoon leader and, later, executive officer, of a mechanized infantry company. Following that assignment, I came back to Ft. Benning, completed the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, following which I became an instructor for that same course. After completing my five required years, then, as a civilian, I joined Loral Electro-Optical Systems as a MILES (Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System) instructor at Ft. Riley, KS. When the government contract ended, I came back to the South where I belong, and started working towards earning a degree so I could teach. I’ve been doing that ever since.

Whitney Polfer

Math Instructor
Hello! My name is Whitney! In 2018, I received my AA degree in Engineering before attending flight school in Tampa, FL. Aviation is truly my passion, and you’ll often find me talking about it. In 2019, I earned my Commercial Pilots License and soon after became a Certified Flight Instructor. When I’m not at Mathnasium, you can usually find me at the airport teaching my students how to fly! As a pilot, I use math during every flight. I love to give the students at Mathnasium real-world applications using aviation! I absolutely love teaching and find it so rewarding. I’m also a Florida native and love to visit my family (and the beach!) whenever I can!

JP Parker

Math Instructor
Hi, my name is JP. I received a M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019, and I hold a B.S. in Chemistry from Kennesaw State University. I’ve been a musician for most of my life, specifically finding a passion in music through the art forms of writing and vocalizing lyrics. To me, math is the most frustrating and unforgiving, yet simultaneously the most insightful and beautiful science/art form I’ve come across. The areas of application that I study fall within the predictive sciences, such as Probability and Differential Equations, while my favorite areas of study are Abstract Algebra and Complex Analysis. Helping someone to understand a mathematical concept, especially in a way that empowers them as a learner, is unexplainably rewarding. I’m drawn to it, and I could not begin to tell you why, beyond the fact that 1) I enjoy the process and 2) I enjoy it when people succeemiddld. In my free time, I continue to study math, as I find it to be a bit like a craft at which one gets better with practice.

Laiba Syed

Math Instructor
Hi! I’m Laiba Syed and I attend Columbus High School. I love cooking, baking and most of all working with children. I love teaching others different topics and ideas, especially math. Math tends to be a difficult subject for some and I am thankful that myself has attended mathnasium as a student for over three years. This by far is the best learning center I have ever been to: from the nice instructors to the most caring center owners. This amazing environment makes me feel honored to work here. Mathnasium has made math so much more fun and a lot more understandable than ever before and with that, I had applied to work here so that I could help others that may also struggle and make math so much more sense and fun to others!

Noah Yoon

Math Instructor
Hi! My name is Noah and I attend Columbus High School. I have enjoyed many math competitions and high level math courses throughout my middle school and high school career and have recently started tutoring it. I am truly passionate about my work as a Mathnasium instructor and enjoy every second I spend teaching there. I hope to assist others who may struggle in the subject!

Jayden Lee

Math Instructor
Hello! I'm Jayden Lee, and I attend Columbus High School. I enjoy listening to music, playing video games, and solving puzzles! My favorite subjects in school are physics and computer science, with my favorite sport being table tennis. I also like to help other people, and wish to tutor other students in mathematics!

Justin Lee

Math Instructor

Anuj Tandon

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Meghan Koh

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Neha Nakirikanti

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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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