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.

Jennifer Speer


Jennifer has a unique perspective that allows her to understand your kids and help them.

She is a successful business owner and homeschooling mom of 3! She has the perspective of an educator as well as a busy parent and knows the challenges of both. Jennifer knows how to engage the kids and hold their interest. She keeps them progressing in math in a way they will actually enjoy!

Jennifer has always had a strong grip on Mathematics, earning her B.B.A in Finance at Southwest Texas State University and then owning and operating a successful business for over 10 years in the Brazos Valley alongside her husband James.

After finding Mathnasium and seeing what it can offer kids, they made a tough decision to sell their successful business with its comfortable lifestyle and start all over again. As scary as that sounds, they knew that parents in the Brazos Valley wanted the best for their children at an affordable price. There was already so much available for the many college students in Bryan/College Station, but not for elementary, middle, and high school students. Now, after being open for several years and expanding to multiple locations, we have hundreds of amazing success stories as a result of our passionate instructors, inspiring learning environment, teaching style and curriculum at Mathnasium! Let us help your student! 

Favorite Math Joke: There are 3 kinds of people in this world... Those who can count, and those who can't.

Fun Fact: Graduated college in 3 1/2 years with a 4.0!

I love Mathnasium because: I get to be a part of a great organization that changes kids' lives! Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?!?

Larry Martinek

Creator of the Mathnasium Method
Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From inner city public schools, to acclaimed magnet schools, to leading private and parochial schools, Larry has served as both a classroom teacher and as an educational consultant. He has designed curriculum, teaching strategies, and teaching materials to help students and teachers learn math more effectively. He has trained teachers in the art and science of boosting students' ability to “do” math, thereby increasing students' math scores and feeling of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium’s educational program – one of the most comprehensive and innovative curriculas ever produced for teaching math. While Larry is not an Instructor at our Center, he is a valuable asset we can call on to ask about specific students' scenarios for guidance and advice. This has helped to make visits more productive and enjoyable for many of our students.

Lori Miller

Lead Instructor

The Team Player Award, Spring 2021 & Fall 2021

Lori graduated from DeVRY Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. She completed all the coursework for a Master's degree in Computer Science at North Central College while working as a software testing engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Lori changed careers to education after moving to Texas, and worked for Comal ISD as an inclusion aid and Special Education Teacher, with students from preschool through twelfth grade. Her last three years were teaching Algebra I, Geometry, and Math Models at Canyon High School. Lori's hobbies include reading all types of fiction, crocheting and knitting for charities, and volunteering at Cross Lutheran Church. She has two daughters, one attending Princeton University, and one working at Mathnasium of New Braunfels.

Favorite Number: 42, because it was my uniform number in high school, and because it was the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything" in Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.

In five years, I will be: The mother of two college graduates and the owner of a successful proofreading business.

I love Mathnasium because: We make math fun and understandable!

Lena Sykes

Lead Instructor

Lena is currently a student at UTSA earning her bachelor's degree in biology. She loves being in the kitchen either cooking or baking and spends most of her free time reading. She also hopes to spend her life making good changes in the world, no matter how small.

Favorite number: 7, because I believe that it holds a significant place in the universe.

Favorite math joke: Why did pi get its driver’s license taken away? Because it didn’t know when to stop!

In five years, I will be: Graduated from university with a degree in biology and hopefully working as a paramedic.

I love Mathnasium because: Math has always been one of my favorite subjects in school, and sometimes it can be hard to grasp new concepts. Here, I can help kids understand these concepts and hopefully give them a brighter outlook on math.

Brandon Bautizta

Lead Instructor

Brandon is a student at Byron P. Steele High School who hopes to find his passion to pursue after high school. He is an enthusiastic band student who loves math and participating in band activities.

Favorite Number: 7 - it's my lucky number, and it keeps appearing everywhere in my life.

Favorite Math Joke: Not all math jokes are bad, just sum.

In five years, I will be: In or out of college and working towards a career.

I love Mathnasium because: It gives me a chance to help people, which is my end goal in life, and helps kids improve their math skills and their confidence in math.

Meganne Behunin


Meganne is a student at Samuel Clemens High School. She participates in Band, Color guard, and National Honor Society. In her free time she enjoys reading and listening to music.

Favorite number: 5, it's my lucky number!

Favorite math joke: Why was the math book sad? It had a lot of problems!

In five years, I will be: Graduating from college.

I love Mathnasium because: Mathnasium is a great place for everyone to learn at their own pace, and become comfortable in their abilities.

Andrea Miller


Andrea is an avid baker, successful succulent cultivator, novice orchid caretaker, and sci-fi enthusiast. Her favorite party trick is being able to recite pi to 31 places. She plans to resume pursuing her Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture degree from Texas Tech University in the fall of 2020.

Favorite Number: 42, because it's the answer to life, the universe, and everything. The real question is what is the Ultimate Question.

In five years, I will be: A certified landscape architect who owns a lovable dog.

I love Mathnasium because: I enjoy showing others how much fun math can be!

Bryce Covington


Bryce Covington is a student at Northeast Lakeview, and is studying to become a mechanical engineer. In his free time, he likes working on small digital projects relating to 3D modeling, photo editing, and programming.

Favorite Number: 13, because I think it's been unfairly treated as an unlucky number, and I want to give it a home in my heart.

Favorite Math Joke: Why was Six afraid of Seven? Because Seven ate Nine!

In five years, I will be: Working as a mechanical engineer in the field of renewable energy.

I love Mathnasium because: It helps strengthen and build on a student's math foundations, which is essential for understanding and being comfortable in the subject.

Alex Buchanan-Klepp


Alex is a friendly person. She may take a minute to open up but once she does she’s an open book.

Favorite number: 2 because there are three 2s in my birthdate and 10 is divisible by 2.

Favorite math joke: I can’t talk with pi they’re, irrational.

In five years, I will be: Living in my own house.

I love Mathnasium because: I enjoy helping people understand math better.

Keira Bearce


Keira is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School. She plans to study Engineering or Biochemistry in college. She participates in Art Club and the school book club. In her free time, she likes to read and is learning to garden.

Favorite number: 0, because it's an important placeholder in our number system. Without it, we wouldn’t have calculus or binary code.

Favorite math joke: What’s a math teachers favorite vacation destination? Times square.

In five years, I will be: Hopefully a year away from my bachelor’s degree, or graduating.

I love Mathnasium because: I like the learning methods used, like allowing students to improve at their own pace. I’m glad for the opportunity to help kids feel more confident in their math skills.

Lucy Davis


Lucy is a graduate of Texas State University. She enjoys reading, sewing, board games, and video games.

Favorite number: 7, it reminds me of my large family.

Favorite math joke: I had a hen who could count her own eggs. She was a mathemachicken.

In five years, I will be: Living happily and making a difference in the world, little by little.

I love Mathnasium because: We help students grow in their math abilities and as people.

Abby Easton


Abigail is a student at Byron P. Steele High School.

Favorite number: 4­-As a perfectionist I love how perfect and simple it is. It’s an even number, 2+2=4, 2x2=4, the square root of 4 is 2.

Favorite math joke: Are monsters good at math? Not unless you count Dracula.

In five years, I will be: Graduating college and applying to Med School.

I love Mathnasium because: It allows students to work at their own pace without the stressful environment of a classroom. It also allows them to get more one­-on­-one attention with an instructor.

Enrique Ramirez


Enrique is driven by his passion for helping those around him and his desire to change the way mathematics is viewed by the general public. He is a senior at Randolph HS at JBSA Randolph and plans to attend Texas State University in the Fall of 2024.

Favorite number: 0.7071067811865475 because it approximates to the (sqrt2)/2 and was one of the first things I memorized on the Unit Circle.

Favorite math joke: What did Pi say to "i"? Get real. What did "i" respond with? Be rational

In five years, I will be: Graduating from Texas State with a bachelor's in applied mathematics and commissioning into the Air Force as a pilot.

I love Mathnasium because: They help students from all grades, regardless of background achieve their fullest potential when it comes to math. The forms of teaching the basics to even the more advanced materials are groundbreaking and being able to help those around me is really fulfilling.

Mya Htet


Mya is a junior in Highschool who is in several clubs including newspaper, NHS, and FBLA. She loves F1, NASCAR, and binging shows in her free time. She is often studying or working on a personal project.

Favorite number: 9.18, the acceleration of gravity.

Favorite math joke: What does a dollar and the moon have in common? They both have four quarters.

In five years, I will be: In Baylor's dental program while working on a minor in business.

I love Mathnasium because: It gives students confidence in understanding math and having fun while learning.

Ronald Suggs lll


Ronald is currently a student at Byron P. Steele High School. He currently is a Sophomore as of the writing of this. He loves STEM fields, particularly Math and Science (maybe that's why he really likes Physics) and hopes to be an Astrophysicist when he's older.

Favorite number: 70 mainly because it's so intricately linked to humanity if you think about it. 7 is often the first number people think of when they think of one. 10 is the base counting number humanity has defaulted to. I petition to name it "the human number".

Favorite math joke: If you get to the square root of 64, does that make you relEIGHTable?

In five years, I will be: Hopefully at a prestigious university studying astrophysics as a junior.

I love Mathnasium because: It allows me to teach and help kids despite not planning on going into a career focused on children, as I have always wanted to help better the development of children in some way.

Mark Petersen


Mark received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of the Incarnate Word and recently completed his M.B.A. from Bowling Green State University. He’s been a private instructor in the S.T.E.M. field for more than 7 years working with K­12 and college students alike.

Favorite number: 3. As odd as it sounds, I like the symmetry this number brings. As an avid consumer of literature, the concept of the three ­act story or trilogy of work has always spoken to me as the perfect balance between logic and creativity.

Favorite math joke: I saw my math teacher with some graph paper yesterday. I think she’s plotting something.

In five years, I will be: Hopefully on a book tour for the novel I’m working on. Since its initial inception in 2012, it has grown like a seed into a bustling story ready to bloom off the page.

I love Mathnasium because: It offers a targeted and scientific approach to a subject that has frightened, stressed, overwhelmed, or otherwise traumatized multitudes of students!

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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