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.

Arun Natarajan

Lead Instructor
Arun has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Along with his PhD, he also has a M.S. in Solid State Physics. Arun is passionate about Math, believing that a Math background is essential for success regardless of profession: be it an engineer or an architect, an artist creating art that involves shapes and geometries, or a musician who practices and performs to octaves of notes or fractions thereof... the world is Math driven and there are dimensions, shapes, geometries, numbers everywhere we look. He believes therefore in having a solid foundation in Math and is passionate in teaching, sharing and learning Math constantly from peers and students. He also works at a Fortune 500 hi-tech company in Minnesota which involves harnessing the strength of nanotechnology to provide tomorrow’s solutions. He spends majority of his free time on Math education for all ages.

Susanna Laughland

Lead Instructor
Susanna graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Winona State University Rochester. She started working as a math and reading tutor in high school and has had several jobs tutoring and working in the Rochester Public School system since then. Math was always one of her favorite subjects in school, and she enjoys helping others to better understand it as well. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games and solving puzzles. She hopes to inspire students to improve their math skills and succeed at their goals.

Marcus Romenesko

Marc is currently a Mathematics and Math Education major at Winona State University. After graduating, he aspires to go on to graduate school to pursue further mathematical learning. In addition to learning about mathematics, Marc enjoys talking about and sharing this passion with others. In conjunction with tutoring at Mathnasium, Marc also coaches soccer at one of the local high schools. Using the fact that it took three years of college before deciding to pursue mathematics, Marc hopes to be an example to his students and show them that it is alright to take your time while learning and figuring things out at your own pace.

Shivam Damani

Shivam graduated with an engineering degree at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He works as a data scientist at Mayo Clinic, and later tutors kids at Mathnasium. He knows the value of STEM education, and loves to teach students Math and Science. He hopes that by teaching kids to solve problems and arrive at conclusions with the given information, he can prepare them not just for school, but also life ahead. He specializes in test prep for middle and high school students. He also enjoys running, reading and cooking in his spare time.

Aaditya Natarajan


Douglas Plager

Doug Plager has a Bachelor degree in Chemistry with a Mathematics minor from Winona State University and a Doctorate degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (U of MN). He has over two decades of experience in biomedical research and associated data handling and presentation at the U of MN and Mayo Clinic, as well as recent data analysis coursework using Python and R. Doug has tutored and taught intermittently throughout his undergraduate and postgraduate years. He has also assisted with Math Masters and instructed younger students as a basketball coach and as a judge at the Rochester Regional Science Fair for over a decade. Doug greatly values education and is passionate about helping his students advance their knowledge and skills to reach their full potential.

Clayton Eitel

Clayton Eitel is currently in the final steps of completing his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the university of Hawai’i at Hilo. He has performed research in many disciplines, including artificial intelligence and pharmacology. He founded the Math and Physics club and tutored at his university, aiming to create a space where students can learn and grow together. During his spare time, he enjoys fishing and playing card games. He wishes to share his genuine love for mathematics with students and to inspire them to curate their dreams.

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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