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.

James Cawthorne

Center Director
James grew up in Virginia (the state) and has lived/worked in 9different cities across 7 states. He has attended and earned degrees from North Carolina State (BS in Pulp and Paper Technology & BS in Chemical Engineering), Western Michigan (MS in Paper and Printing Engineering & Ph.D.-ABD in Paper and Imaging Science), and Purdue University (Ph.D. in Engineering Education). My educational focus is the alignment between content, assessment, and pedagogy and the creation of a positive learning environment for students. When not at Mathnasium James likes to do advanced Sudoku, read, and cook. A little-known fact about James is that he once made a boat (10ft long by 3 ft wide) out of cardboard and glue. Then he had to test it on a real lake by sitting in it and paddling for a period of time.


TJ traded in “the big apple” for the “mini apple” when they moved from New York to Minneapolis. TJ’s favorite thing about math is “It provides a comfort, knowing that life’s numerical difficulties can be approached from a strong foundation of prior knowledge.” TJ attended Wright State University and achieved a B.S. in Middle Childhood Education, concentrating in mathematics and social studies. Then they attended the City College of New York and achieved a M.S. in Middle Mathematics Education Specialist. TJ spent three years teaching 6th grade math in the NYC public education system before moving here to Minneapolis. TJ values spending time with their partner and 7 year old corgi and enjoys running role playing games for friends and family.

Rebecca E.

Rebecca was a 5th grade teacher at Friendship Academy of the Arts. She had been teaching there for 4 years, but will be moving to a new school this year to teach 6th grade math and science! She received her degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Hamline University. Rebecca loves to make math fun and interactive for students. When not teaching, Rebecca enjoys spending time with family, dog-sitting, going to concerts and watching Netflix.











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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