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.

Zahra Soniwalla

Hi everyone! My name is Zahra and I’ve been an instructor at Mathnasium for five years! I like math because it makes me think outside of the box to come up with solutions to problems. One of my favorite things about working at Mathnasium is watching kids have an ‘a-ha’ moment when they’re working on challenging math problems. As an old Mathnasium student myself, I know how amazing the feeling is. My favorite number is 24 because there are 24 hours in a day, and that’s always enough time to accomplish at least one great thing. It’s also my lucky number! Some fun facts about me are that I was born and raised in Texas (yee-haw), and that I’ve traveled to over 13 different countries!

Diane Henderson

My name is Diane Henderson. I love how math has always challenged me to think logically and critically. I like instructing at Mathnasium because I am passionate about math and really enjoy teaching! It's so awesome to see a student gain confidence as they strengthen their current math skills while learning new and more challenging ones. My favorite number is π because it's so sweet! Fun Fact: My husband and I have coached girls basketball together for 20 years.

Mary Debellina


Hamza Usman

I am Hamza Usman. I love math because it’s logical and methodical, and there’s specific ways to reach an answer. It’s also both objective and clear, where the steps to reach an answer make sense. I like teaching at Mathnasium since I love math, and I get to meet students at different levels and help them wherever they need it with something I love. My favorite number is e, because it has interesting properties and tends to pop up in unexpected places, from compound interest to growing populations!

Joe Temple

Math is awesome because no matter how hard the problem, there’s a satisfaction to finding the solution and understanding the ideas behind it. As the questions get more complicated, they become more fun to solve; It’s just like a puzzle. I want to share my passion for math with other students. When I get to see them succeed and begin to proficiently solve problems, it makes me happy. That’s what makes me so dedicated to ensuring a student's success. Before working at Mathnasium, I was a referee for soccer games. Mathnasium is quite a difference, but I do still get to work with kids! When I’m not doing math, I play soccer and chess with my friends. I also love to read novels, preferably classics.

Chethan Karandikar

I love math because it's highly logical and objective. Concepts build on each other, from basic arithmetic operations to complex calculus. This structured approach appeals to me because everything in math is connected. I enjoy working at Mathnasium since it's an incredible feeling to watch help students learn math and improve their problem-solving skills. I'm thrilled that I can make a difference in students' academic lives by teaching math. It's a fulfilling job! When I was younger, I was one of the first students at the Mathnasium of Palatine! If I'm not doing math, I'm probably playing chess or hanging out with my friends.

Daoud Hussain

I love math because it leaves me hungry to learn more I enjoy working at Mathnasium because I love math and love teaching it A fun fact about me is I have lived in three different states. I have lived in Florida, Illinois, and Texas. If I’m not doing math I’m most likely playing basketball

Pragya Shankar

Hello, my name is Pragya Shankar. I have always loved math since not only is it an important subject that is used throughout life, but solving math’s complex problems helps build your brain’s critical thinking and logical reasoning skills! I chose to work at Mathnasium since I love math, and I love teaching even more! Mathnasium has a kind, supportive environment, and I believe their rewards and teaching methods are more effective than other tutoring centers I have been at. They value, just as much as I do, spending time with students, and helping them comprehend skills they will utilize for the rest of their lives. A fun fact about me is that I am allergic to pigeons! If I’m not doing math, you’ll usually find me drawing portraits or listening to music. Sometimes both!

Sahitya Maheswaran

Hi, I am Sahitya Maheswaran. I love math because I believe it is the fundamental base for everything and it challenges us to think critically and apply it in our daily lives. I enjoy working at mathnasium because it allows me to watch students grow both personally and mathematically. It is a place that encourages creativity and analysis and I believe students really benefit from coming to mathnasium. A fun fact about me is that I am both a dancer and martial artist. If I am not doing math, I am most likely watching a movie on my bed with my twin sister or I am at Starbucks.

Sanjit Kalle

I love math because it quantifies the infinitely complicated universe into understandable units. The greats who revolutionized math are quite marvelous. I wanted to work at Mathnasium because I like to help my peers at school. A fun fact about me is that I've been a Chicago Bears fan for 10 long years. When I am not doing math, you will most likely find me dinking around on the Pickleball court!

Ali Ahunbaev

I enjoy math because I find it fun to sift through information and map a way forward. I want to work at Mathnasium because I like talking with kids and helping people figure things out. A fun fact about me is that I skipped 4th grade! If I’m not doing math, I’m probably reading, writing, drawing, or biking around (:

Josie Weber

I love math because of the satisfaction that comes with solving problems. Ever since I learned to add and subtract I remember being excited for math class because I would be challenged in a good way. I want to work at Mathnasium because it is rewarding watching the students thrive and learn, especially when they have been struggling on a topic. If I am not doing math, I can be found practicing my clarinet or playing softball.

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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