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.

Tiea Paschal

Assistant Center Director
I've taken Multivariable Calc, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and some Proof classes. I was a member of National Honors Society, a team captain for my high school Cross Country team, and a member of Mathematics Education Association club at BYU. I have been a math tutor for the past few years and just finished my student teaching with 9th graders and loved it! In my free time, I love to rock climb, run, swim, or play pretty much any kind of sport! I also love to hike and spend time with my friends and family.

Fun fact: My favorite TV show is Avatar: The Last Airbender series

Favorite Number: My favorite number is 17 because it was the bus number of the bus that my best friend rode in elementary school.

Education: I just graduated cum laude from BYU with a degree in Mathematics Education, and a minor in Psychology!

Why I love Mathnasium: I love working at Mathnasium because I get to interact with kids all day and I get to help them develop critical thinking skills and hopefully a love for math!

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!

Reed Brown

Owner
Reed has always loved math and enjoys helping kids learn to love math and how to use math in their daily lives. Reed earned a BS of Electrical Engineering degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Business Administration degree at Boise State University. Reed has spent over 25 years as a successful engineering and operations executive at Hewlett Packard, Quantum, and Iomega. In 2004, he decided to test his entrepreneurial skills and created Matchbin (now Radiate Media), a successful internet software company. Over the last 10 years, Reed has been active in the Utah technology community. As a member of the Governor's Technology Initiative Advisory Board for the State of Utah, he has helped to grow funding for engineering programs at Utah Universities and Colleges. Reed and his team is committed to helping children grow their interest and confidence in math and prepare them for a successful college education and career in technology, business, finance, medical, manufacturing, science, biology, or other fields that require strong math skills.

Fun Fact: I decided to become an Electrical Engineer because of 8th-grade shop project making a DC motor

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from BYU and Masters of Business Administration degree from Boise State University

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!

Allyson Smith

Instructor
I have taken honors math classes and AP Calculus in High School. I am now a Senior at BYU and I’ve taken Calc 1 and 2, Multivariable Calculus, Abstract Algebra, Theory of Analysis, Fundamentals of Mathematics, and other classes. I was a member of the mountain bike team and the National Honors Society in high school. I was also a mayor of the youth council in my hometown. I also took piano lessons for over 10 years. I have had lots of opportunities to assist and lead children/teenagers. I was a piano teacher for 2 years and I was a camp counselor for 1 week in Provo and 4 weeks in San Diego. I also was a math 112 (calc 1) grader for BYU. I love to run, bike, hike, camp, off road, or do anything outside! I also have a passion for photography and journaling.

Fun fact: I am oddly good at archery!

Favorite Number: 23 because that is the day of the month I was born!

Education: I am a senior at BYU, I graduated high school in 2021, and I am majoring in Math Education.

Why I love Mathnasium: I get to work with students and help them to realize they can do hard things!

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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