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.

Mary

Instructor
About me I am a certified mathematics educator with experience in secondary classrooms. I started working at Mathnasium during the summer of 2022. I love cooking, baking, listening to music, creating art, dancing, watching movies, driving, spending time with family and friends, escape rooms, eating yummy foods, and going to concerts, baseball games, and hockey games!

Why I love working at Mathnasium... I love working at Mathnasium because of the fun environment! I love making connections with students and celebrating their successes!

Favorite number I don't really have a favorite number, but a number I don't like is 51. It looks prime, but it isn't!

Fun fact about myself I collect Nutcrackers, holiday ornaments, and fridge magnets.

In 5 years I'll be.... In 5 years, I hope to still be inspiring young people to be and become their best.

Michael

Instructor

Amber

Instructor
About me:

Hi. My name is Amber. I am a German-American who moved to the U.S. in the 3rd grade, and after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with my Economics and German degrees, I joined Teach for America to become a full-time teacher. While earning my masters in Secondary Math Education, I had the opportunity to be a full-time teacher of Math, STEM, and a semester of hybrid P.E.! In my downtime I am most likely outside enjoying small hikes and walks, reading, or playing Nintendo and indie games on my Switch. I also love to visit new places and in the future hope to see more of America and the world. Below are some more facts about me and my own math journey, Calc-u-l8r!

Why I love working at Mathnasium I love Mathnasium because of their commitment to individualized feedback, progression, and achievement built into the learning model. Having taught math in the classroom online and in-person I know that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy when learning and understanding these interrelated concepts, and Mathnasium helps students forge ahead.

Favorite Number My favorite number is 8! When I was young, 8 was my jersey number on my soccer team, and nowadays I enjoy how versatile it is as a written abbreviation :)

Favorite Math Joke I love math puns/jokes! One of my favorites: Why couldn't 1/5 finish their math exam? Because they were 2/10ths!

In 5 years I will be . . . . continuing to support math learners thrive and find success throughout their academic journey!

Barb

Instructor

About me

While I’m not a Colorado native , I have spent most of my life in this beautiful state.  I attended Bear Creek High School, Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver.   I have two Bachelor’s degrees (Mathematics and Psychology) and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Secondary Mathematics.

Why I Love Working at Mathnasium:

For twenty-nine years, I had the privilege of teaching high school math in Denver.   During that time, I worked with a wonderfully diverse group of students that came from over forty different countries and spoke over sixty languages.   There is nothing like the sparkle in a child’s eye when they have that “aha” moment of understanding.  Mathnasium provides both the students and me with the opportunity to experience that “aha” moment everyday.

Favorite Number:

Any number that is a palindrome - I love the symmetry!

Hobbies:

I enjoy golf, skiing, reading, scuba diving, traveling and of course, math! In recent years I’ve had many wonderful travel opportunities including a tour of London and Scotland, and scuba diving trips to Mexico, Grand Cayman, and Hawaii. My favorite was the London/Scotland trip which included dinner in the Tower of London, a private viewing of the Crown Jewels and a round of golf at both St. Andrews and Gleneagles.


Lisa

Instructor
About me I have a passion for teaching and have always believed in the importance of education. In the Cherry Creek School District, I taught third and fifth grade and had the honor of being named teacher of the year for my school. As far as my education, I have a bachelors and a masters degree in business administration, in addition to a masters degree in elementary education. Scrapbooking and cooking are two of my hobbies. My favorite thing to do is spending time with my family.

Why I love working at Mathnasium... I love working at Mathnasium because I have always wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of others. After retiring from teaching, I missed working with kids. Mathnasium is an amazing place for students to learn because every student has a learning plan designed specifically to their needs, students work at their own pace, and we are there to help them along the way!

Favorite number My favorite number is 21 and it is my favorite number because I wish that’s how old I was right now!

Fun fact about myself I have two dogs, Lucy and Lola. I also have two grandchildren, Elijah and Thomas.

In 5 years I'll be...In 5 years i hope to still be working at Mathnasium!

Darren

Instructor
About me I grew up in Parker and still love living in Colorado! I enjoy sports, either playing or watching, and doing things outdoors. I also really enjoy all kinds of board games and spending time with family and friends.

Why I love working at Mathnasium....I love math and helping people so Mathnasium is a perfect combination of both!

Favorite Number 24 because it had so many factors!

Fun fact about myself I used to race cars as a kid.

In 5 years I'll be....Still working as an engineer and using my math skills

Ben

Instructor
About me My background is in Aerospace Engineering, with a certificate in Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation. My hobbie is soccer and my interest is space.

Why I love working at Mathnasium I love working at Mathnasium because the students are so much fun. I come home with wonderful stories to share with my family.

Fun fact about myself I interned at NASA AMES Research Center for 3 summers, and I got to work on the MERLIN team in Mission Control.

In 5 years I’ll be…. My goal is to work for NASA working at the Mission Design Center, planning out where spacecraft will one day travel.

Katie

Instructor
About me I received my Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from The University of Colorado Colorado Springs and have tutored student of all ages for many years. My favorite math topics are Calculus and Analysis. But it's not just about numbers - I love helping students connect the dots between concepts and seeing the light bulb go on when they understand a tricky concept! In my free time, I love exploring the outdoors with my family or binge-watching 'The Office' or 'Parks and Recreation'.

Why I love working at Mathnasium… I love that Mathnasium goes beyond mere problem-solving to create a unique learning experience that combines fun and engagement with personalized instruction. I've been consistently impressed by the program's ability to create a sense of community and camaraderie among students.p/> Favorite number My favorite odd number is 5 and my favorite even number is 8..

Fun fact about myself I grew up in a small town on a ranch and loved riding my horse, Stud.)

In 5 years I’ll be…. In five years, I hope to continue improving my math skills and making a positive impact through math education. I would like to start a podcast with my husband focusing on our interests and inspiring others.

Jia

Instructor
About me I was born and grew up in Korea, and currently living in Parker, Colorado with my husband. I’m enjoying my new chapter of life with lots of dreams new experiences here. p/> Why I love working at Mathnasium… I love interacting with kids and seeing their achievements.

Favorite number My favorite number is 3, because it has curves.

Fun fact about myself I have 4 missing teeth from the birth. A doctor said nowadays people don’t chew a lot, so the jaw is weak and there is not enough space for all teeth. It means I’m more advanced version of human being!

In 5 years I’ll be…. First, I’m trying to expand my family. I want to teach my kids lots of things including math :). When they grow up enough to go to school, i want to get a job which I used to do.

Maddie

Instructor
About me I've lived in Colorado for 12 years, and I'm a senior at Legend High School! I'm passionate about art, video games, music, bugs, and all other animals. I'm hoping to further my education after high school and major in Biology.

Why I love working at Mathnasium.... I love working at Mathnasium because I get to help students at the pace they are at, which is something I struggled with myself in elementary and middle school. I was often placed in classes that I felt weren't challenging enough for me, so being at a place like Mathnasium would have helped me tremendously

Favorite number My favorite number is 47 because it has good vibes.

Fun fact about myself I was born the same day the Nitendo Wii came out (11-19-2006)

In 5 years I’ll be…. In 5 years I hope to be graduating college!

Sara

Instructor
About me I spend a lot of my time outside and I enjoy reading, biking, and hiking. I am in high school and I participate in varsity swim team and track. I am very involved in my school and I am in clubs such as Hosa, future health professions club, National French Honor Society, and Deca. I am taking classes to help further my knowledge in the medical field to help my career pathway.

Why I love working at Mathnasium…I love working at Mathnasium because I love working with kids and helping them find their confidence in math. I enjoy seeing them understand a new concept or get excited about completing a subject. It is such a good learning experience for children and the environment in Mathnasium is friendly and encouraging.

Favorite number My favorite number is 10. I like this number because 10’s are used everywhere. They are used with money and grouping. It also holds a solid base foundation for children learning how to use groups of 10 to add. When you think about our numerical system, 10 is also used a lot.

Fun fact about myself In 5 years I’ll be…. In 5 years, I will be in college furthering my education in healthcare. I will be completing my bachelors and working towards the next steps.

Jaydeen

Instructor
About me I am a student at Regis Jesuit High School where I love hanging out with my friends, playing varsity soccer, and participating with our mock trial program! In my free time, I enjoy reading and watching movies which often inspires my writing and portrait drawing. While my evenings are usually spent at club soccer practices, I try to make time for playing the piano, running trails, archery, and baking sweets for my family! I’m hoping to continue playing soccer in college too!

Why I love working at Mathnasium… I love working at Mathnasium because I get to help students build their confidence in math and witness their “aha” moments! It is such a rewarding experience as the kids find their passion for problem solving and build upon the lessons which they can use in their everyday lives.

Favorite number My favorite number is 99 because of a children’s show my sister and I used to watch that we really enjoyed and bonded over.

Fun fact about myself I have a husky named Echo who I love taking on early morning runs and hikes!

In 5 years I’ll be…. I’m not entirely sure where I’ll be in five years, but I plan on going to college out of state and following a pre-law track!

Matthew

Instructor
About me Hello, I‘m Matthew! I’m a Colorado native who is currently a college student hoping to earn a Master's degree in Applied Math. I've been tutoring for over 3 years now, starting with peer tutoring in high school and moving to other gigs at Mathnasium and at college. Outside I enjoy running, biking, hiking and skiing. Inside I like to read books or learn as much as I can about just about anything.

Why I love working at Mathnasium...I love getting the chance to have discussion with students about mathematical topics and helping them develop a mathematical way of thinking..

Favorite number My favorite number is 343 – it’s a palindrome, and it’s 7 cubed!

Fun fact about myself Before I was born, my brother was absolutely set on naming me "Joshua Asparagus Junebon Stuckenbruck". I still wonder what life would be like had my parents chosen that path for me.

In 5 years I’ll be…. 5 years from now I hope to be working in industry applying math modeling to engineering or physics.

Anyah

Instructor

Irika

Instructor

Pranav

Instructor
About me Hi! My name is Pranav and I am a student at Legend High School. I like to wrestle and also I participate in clubs such as HOSA and TSA at my school. My hobbies include working out and playing video games.

Why I love working at Mathnasium…It’s a great environment and I love teaching math.

Favorite number My favorite number is 5 because I feel lucky about it.

Fun fact about myself I placed at TSA multiple times at state!

In 5 years I’ll be…. I will be probably pursuing a degree in microbiology or wrestling in college.

Allison Shride

Owner / Executive Director

About me:

I grew up in a family with a long line of entrepreneurs. I graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in mathematics and a teaching certification. Instead of using my teaching qualifications, I followed in my family's footsteps of being business owners and opened a retail store in Fort Collins at the age of 22. I've had a few different businesses along the way and discovered Mathnasium in late 2011. I opened the Parker center in January 2012. I have loved helping children with their understanding of math, and witnessing their increased confidence and self esteem!

Hobbies:

I have a deep love of animals and I enjoy spending my spare time with my 2 rescue dogs. I used to have two dogs who were certified "pet therapists." We spent many hours visiting hospitals to share some canine love with the patients.  

I have always loved traveling, and one of my favorite ways to see the world is long distance cross-country walking trips.  My first trip was through part of Tuscany, Italy for about 60 miles.  I have also traveled to  Scotland  and walked/hiked through the highlands for 92 miles in 6 days.   While not a walking trip, I had a life-impacting trip to India.  I spent time in orphanages as well as a center for abandoned adults/seniors.  I did get some walking in though, as my trip wrapped up with a few days of hiking and camping in the Himalayas.  


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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