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.

Collin Tan

Assistant Center Director
I've taken Linear Algebra and Calculus 1-2. I've played soccer, basketball, volleyball and track throughout high school. I love anything and everything about sports. I'm an avid reader and writer. When I'm not studying or doing school work, you can find me on a golf course. Professional car karaoke artist and love to discover new music.

Fun fact: I have moved around 12 times and lived all over the world!

Favorite Number: 11. It was my number in every sport I played.

Education: Currently a Senior at BYU studying Civil and Environmental Engineering and Pre-Med

Why I love Mathnasium: I love working with kids and helping them overcome obstacles and seeing the possibilities in life. If I can help them overcome something as simple as math, I believe it can go a long way in showing them they can achieve anything they want as long as they work for it.

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!

Kenna Merrell

Lead Instructor
Kenna has taken advanced track math classes since 2nd grade, Honors classes since 7th grade and is enrolled to take AP CALC AB next year. She is on two competitive dance teams (Irish dance and ballroom), in Advanced Orchestra playing the viola, is fluent in French, and graduating high school with her Associates Degree. She also taught piano lessons, co-taught dance classes, and nannied for 3 years. She loves to read and hang out with her friends.

Fun fact: My shoe size is a 3 in kids.

Favorite Number: 27, and I have no earthly idea why.

Education: Junior at Orem High School.

Why I love Mathnasium: I love working with kids! And I love teaching kids, it's so rewarding. My favorite part is when you can just see it click and that they know they understand it and realize they have this new skill.

Abby McBride

Lead Instructor
I've taken Ap Statistics, Ap BC Calculus and Honors Math classes throughout high school. I just graduated Woods Cross High School with departmental awards in Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science. I was also a theatre nerd and was in the musical theater and actors companies. I am an avid ballet dancer and love to challenge myself. I worked as a TA for BC Calculus as a senior as well as working in the high school day care! I also love babysitting and working with kids! I love to do anything creative! I do ballet and pointe. I love to draw! I also really enjoy reading and writing.

Fun fact: I've helped fly a plane.

Favorite Number: My favorite number is 0 because it's way more important that people think.

Education: I just graduated Woods Cross High School and am going to BYU this fall!

Why I love Mathnasium: I actually went to Mathnasium when I was younger and it really boosted my confidence in math! I like working at Mathnasium so that I can make that difference in other kids lives, just like my instructors helped me!

Ben Richards

Instructor
I have taken Geometry, Algebra, Calculus AB and BC. I was also the Student Body President in High School and I did the High school buddy program - paired with a freshman as a senior to help them through high school. I like to play soccer, run and play games

Fun fact: I like really spicy foods

Favorite Number: 1, in statistics 1 is the perfect number (I’m a stats major)

Education: I’m a Statistics major at BYU

Why I love Mathnasium: I love math and teaching, it’s the best of both worlds

Preston Ostler

Instructor
I’ve taken Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus, and plan to take Calculus 1 next semester. I’ve hiked Y Mountain when I was nine, I’ve been a part of my school’s Smash Bros club, and I’ve gone to many Pride parades with my family. I informally tutored my younger siblings in many subjects over the years, and tutored my mom in Behavioral Statistics last summer. I play chess, love Halloween, love to watch Marvel movies, enjoy walking in nature, and appreciate having intellectual philosophical conversations with whoever is willing to speak and listen.

Fun fact: My favorite movie of all time is Inception

Favorite Number: 14, because of the YouTube channel Skeppy

Education: I’m at Freedom Preparatory Academy, working through sophomore year, and I plan to major in astrophysics when I go to college!

Why I love Mathnasium: Everyone is an equally important part of the team, and every instructor both gives and is given mutual respect, which is the most important reason why I’ve enjoyed beginning my job with Mathnasium.

Kyle Tan

Instructor
I've taken BC Calculus and Honors math classes through high school! I was part of the National Honor Society in 2 different high schools, on the Dean's List at UVU, and played basketball through high school! I love playing basketball, my Nintendo Switch, talking about sports and hanging out with friends/family!

Fun fact: I've attended 3 different high schools!

Favorite Number: 3. Because I'm the 3rd child of my family and the day my mom was born!

Education: Currently a Senior at UVU studying Psychology!

Why I love Mathnasium: I love working with kids and it's always fun to interact with the next generation! Seeing them be able to figure out a problem and improve their confidence to do anything they want to do through hard work is what makes learning special!

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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