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.

Phoebe Lanterman

Assistant Center Director
School Attended: New York University / Major: Anthropology, with minors in social work and child psychology / What I love about Mathnasium: It's unique because it's not one-size-fits-all education. We ensure that every student's individual academic needs are met so they can succeed in school and beyond. / With Mathnasium since: 2018-2020, at Pasadena since February 2024 / Hobbies and Interests: Going to theme parks, trying new restaurants, reading, travelling / Interesting fact about me: I have a one eyed husky named Penny

Vivien Wu

Lead Instructor
School Attended: California State University Long Beach / Major: Applied Statistics / Hobbies and Interests: Baking bread, cooking, & Tetris 99/ What I love about Mathnasium: I love the open and friendly learning environment. / With Mathnasium Since: February 2023/ Interesting Facts: I have a blackboard at home (for practicing fun math problems) and I also built my own pc!

Darron Cunanan

School Attended: Cal State University, Los Angeles / Major: Sociology (M.A.) / Hobbies and Interests: Cooking, Fencing, Magic the Gathering, and Playing Music / What I love about Mathnasium: I like how Mathnasium helps achieve “ah-hah” moments, but also alleviates students’ math anxiety in the long term. / With Mathnasium Since: April 2017 / Interesting Facts: I look to teach Sociology at the Community College level in the future. At the moment, I work as a research assistant for a couple of projects at CSULA.

Rochelle Hizon

School Attended: California State University - Los Angeles / Major: Biology (B.S) / Hobbies and Interests: Drawing and reading / What I love about Mathnasium: I love that I could use what I know about Math to teach kids and to help them gain confidence when facing the concepts. / With Mathnasium Since: July 2020 / Interesting Facts: I love going to theme parks, specifically ones that have a lot of thrill rides like roller coasters.

Douglas Loo

School Attended: San Diego State University, Azusa Pacific University / Major: Business Finance / Hobbies & Interests: Basketball, Carpentry, Motorcycles, Mountain Biking, and Wrestling / What do you love about Mathnasium?: I like the atmosphere. It's very positive and kids feel safe to participate. The staff and students have been a pleasure to work with. / With Mathnasium Since: October 2022 / Interesting Facts: Coached a National Champion Cadet Girl Wrestler. She won Nationals in Oklahoma City. I was born in Amityville, New York, same at the movie.

Matthew Boecherer

School Attending: Pasadena City College / Major: Psychology (Intended) / Hobbies & Interest: Playing video games & Magic the Gathering / What do you love about Mathnasium: Teaching the youth is super cool and math is the most fun way to do it. Mathnasium has single handedly saved my math education from my school system. / With Mathnasium Since: January 2023 / Interesting Facts: I have visited four countries. I am afraid of the dark. I played soccer but over 7 years.

Nina Huynh

School attended: UC Riverside Major: BS in computational math Hobbies and Interests: basketball, reading, watching horror movies What I love about Mathnasium: I love getting to know the students and getting them to love math With Mathnasium since: August 2023 Interesting fact: I used to own three frogs

Fayre-Ella Ooi

School Attending: Cal Poly Pomona / Major: Math & Stats / What I love about Mathnasium: I love working with the kids at Mathnasium and watching their abilities grow and improve. The kids are also really funny and tell me good stories/ With Mathnasium since: January 2024 / Hobbies and Interests: dance, embroidery, and flower arrangements / Interesting fact about me: I have a twin sister

Elizabeth Juarez

School Attended: Cal Poly Pamona / Major: Electrical Engineering / What I love about Mathnasium: I love that everyone works together to help each child learn and grow / With Mathnasium since: January 2024 / Hobbies and Interests: Reading, nature walks, watching movies / Interesting fact about me: I have ridden a float in the rose parade

Tiffany Xu

School Attended: Azusa Pacific University / Major: Liberal Studies / What I love about Mathnasium: Being able to know the many students and see their math skill progress / With Mathnasium since: January 2024 / Hobbies and interests: Baking, puzzles, and drawing

Christian Billings

School Attended: University of La Verne / Major: Physics (B.S.) / Hobbies and Interests: Baseball, Football, Science, sports, basketball / What I love about Mathnasium: I extremely love the friendly and welcoming environment. It is a beautiful feeling to be around like-minded individuals. / With Mathnasium Since: January 2022 / Interesting Facts: I am ambidextrous. I am a current graduate student in physics in a unique out of state program.

Daniela Mesa

District Support Specialist
Daniela graduated from the University of Southern California in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Pure Mathematics. She joined the Mathnasium of Pasadena team and served as their Assistant Center Director from 2022 - 2024. As our District Support Specialist, she works with centers in our local district to ensure that we never miss a beat and continue providing only the highest quality math instruction for our students.

Alejandra Cermeno

Education Specialist
Alejandra graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Shortly after graduation, Alejandra joined the Mathnasium of Pasadena team as an instructor and advanced her way to Center Director over the course of 3 years. As Education Specialist, she is now in charge of all student learning plans, training of new instructors, and furthering the training of current instructors.

Andrew Molina

District Manager
Andrew graduated from the University of San Diego in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. After graduation, he joined the team at Mathnasium of South Pasadena as a Math Instructor. After moving his way up to Lead Instructor and Assistant Center Director, Andrew became the Center Director for the Mathnasium of South Pasadena. Due to the wonderful time he had managing the South Pasadena center over the course of 3 years, Andrew looks forward to his new role as District Manager. As District Manager Andrew will oversee the management of the Mathnasium centers located in Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Marino and South Pasadena. He is excited to continue to provide top tier customer service at each Mathnasium location as well as helping to build his students’ confidence so they can succeed at any goal they set for themselves.

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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