Instructor spotlight: Yen Nhi

Feb 5, 2021 | Garden Grove

For this week's instructor highlight, we want to take some time to get to know Yen. While working both online and in-person, Yen makes sure that the students she works with are getting an in-depth math education. She also ensures that her students are enjoying their time and makes time at mathnasium a fun time! Let's get to know her a bit better. 


Q: Hey Yen, since we are all about math at Mathnasium, is there a math class that you would take again?

I would take AP Calculus AB with my same teacher. He made calculus so fun and easy to digest, and always had a joke or a funny anecdote to share with the class. My spirits were always lifted when I was in his class and it inspires me to try and lift the spirits of my own students at Mathnasium.


Q: Teachers make a huge difference! Did you have a favorite and least favorite subject in school?

I never had a least favorite subject because there was always something I enjoyed in every subject. If I had to pick a favorite subject, however, it would have to be music. There are few things more satisfying than being able to create music with others who love music too.


Q: So you like creating music?

I enjoy creating music by performing it, not necessarily by composing. I haven't had a chance to do much performing after high school, but once I save up enough, I'll get a French horn and start practicing again. I might even join a community orchestra or wind ensemble once I feel confident enough.


Q: If you had a completely free day, how would you spend it?

I would go out to a bookstore and find some new books to read, or stay home and read the ones I haven't finished yet. Probably would fit a nap into all that reading, then play some games or read more books until it's time to sleep. That would be a perfect day for me.


Q: Sounds like you enjoy reading a lot! Is there a specific genre you prefer to read?

I think I enjoy historical fiction the most. I like how the genre is based on real events, but still has that element of fiction in it. It's fascinating to see how the author manages to craft a compelling story within the confines of historical accuracy.


Q: Besides reading, do you have any favorite movies or TV shows to watch?

I'd have to say the TV science series, NOVA. I didn't have cable growing up, so I turned to public television for entertainment. NOVA has made excellent documentaries that really sparked my curiosity as a kid and still captivate me now. If I happen to have some free time at home, I will always turn on the TV and check to see if any NOVA documentaries are airing.


Q: One last fun question: Does pineapple belong on pizza?

I do like pineapple on pizza, but only if it's with ham. I'm not sure why, but pineapple being with other toppings like olives or bell peppers weirds me out, but I'd probably eat it regardless. Food is still food after all.


Q: Thanks Yen, let’s end with a math question: What do you love about working at Mathnasium?

I definitely love getting to know the students and being able to help their math skills blossom over time! Witnessing that "Aha!" moment for a student never fails to make me happy.