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.

Alicia Weatherspoon

Senior Instructor
Alicia attended Northwestern University where she earned a B.A. in Mathematics. Her course of study included Probability and Statistics, Linear Algebra, and Calculus I, II, and III. Alicia has informally tutored the children of friends, family, and church members for a number of years and is happy to have found a formal outlet to teach. She thoroughly enjoys engaging in the always lively interaction with the students at Mathnasium, because there is never a dull moment. Alicia is a lifelong learner and recently earned an MBA. She has worked on the benefits team of several government agencies to educate members on retirement, currently Firemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago.

James Watkins

Lead Instructor
James Watkins has a B.A. in Mathematics from DePaul University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology. James is semi-retired with over 30 years of experience as an Information Technology professional and senior manager with the University of Illinois at Chicago and Zurich/Scudder Investment Financials. Currently, James focuses on consulting those in need on retirement/insurance planning and youth development. He also mentors youth in a community-based robotics program that has competed nationally as part of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.) FIRST is a robotics community where young people prepare for a future in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and leadership. James is passionate about helping young people learn and appreciate the value of mathematics and technology, namely because it can offer a broad range of career opportunities.

Mai Ahmad

Mai is a recent college graduate who has always had a passion for teaching and helping children succeed. Mai graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Urban Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is excited to embark on her journey as a full-time teacher. Throughout her college years, Mai spent a considerable amount of time tutoring elementary and middle school students and discovered her love for helping children excel in their studies. In her free time, Mai enjoys exploring the city, shopping, and spending time with her cat, friends, and family.--

Jasmine Johnson

Senior Instructor
"Full of energy, Jasmine is an Academic Advisor and Math tutor with a passion for mentoring who loves to be involved. Jasmine holds a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from Central Michigan University and a Master of Education from the University of Illinois Chicago. She has been a math tutor both informally and formally for the past 10 years. Her full time role as an Academic Advisor allows her to assist college students with coordinating academic schedules and ensure they remain on track to graduation. Jasmine loves to be involved in the community and is currently a mentor with Chicago Scholars and sits on the executive board of It’s Okay Campaign, a non-profit aimed at making a positive impact on young women of color. Recently, Jasmine has undertaken the role of Real Estate Assistant with the hopes of branching into real estate investment in the future.”-

Veronica Thomas

Veronica Thomas is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 15 years of experience. She received her bachelor's degree from The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Elementary Education with a minor in Middle School Math. She received a Master's in Special Education from Chicago State University. Veronica has a passion for teaching and learning mathematics. She is committed to helping students learn in a way that makes sense to them and uses various strategies in her teaching approach. Veronica loves spending time with family and going to new places in her spare time.

Mackenzie Felker

Mackenzie is currently a sophomore at St. Ignatius College Prep. She’s in the Med Club at SICP and dreams of going to Boston College. Mackenzie has had a passion for math since she was 7 years old. Mackenzie is eager to learn and wants to spread her passion for math to the next generation. She also babysits and tutors for local families. Mackenzie is very open minded, and loves working with kids. She enjoys spending time with her friends/family and having a nice dinner downtown. Mackenzie is an avid Bulls fan and loves cats. --

Nicholas Delaware-Stanton

Nick is a current college student studying Math and Computer Science at The University of Illinois at Chicago. He has always loved math since his elementary years and hopes to spread that love to students at Mathnasium. During his free time he is often gaming, out to eat, or doing some physical activity with his friends.

Grace Eason

Assistant Center Director
Grace Eason is the Assistant Center Director, who started off as a math tutor at our center years ago. She has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Governors State University and a Masters in Mathematical Education from DePaul University. She started tutoring college math when she was only a junior in high school. Her tutoring career has surpassed 10 years and includes grades ranging from kindergarten all the way to college algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Grace has also worked as a math teacher in the Chicago Public School System for 3 years and transitioned into a Math Interventionist, where she helps students who struggle in mathematics. She loves mathematics, helping in general, and most importantly children.

Leticia Reyna


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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