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.

Megan Thatcher

Regional Training Director / Co-Owner
Megan has lived in St. George for over three years. She has taken AP Calculus, Statistics, Math 1050, and Problem Solving and Data Analysis. She has been a presenter at the Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference, and she helped write the curriculum for the new Utah Science standards. Megan has taught 5th and 6th-grade for the past 8 years. Teaching math is her favorite part about teaching in elementary schools. She loves helping students see numbers and operations in new ways. Megan loves to travel, work out, walk her dog, read, and be outside. She loves to spend time with her family and explore new places. She plays in pickleball and kickball leagues.

Fun Fact: I'm known for my love of watermelon.

Education: I went to school at Utah State University. I graduated in 2013 in Elementary Education. I have an endorsement in Middle School Mathematics, English as a Second Language, and STEM.

Why I love Mathnasium: I love working at Mathnasium because math makes sense to me and I love helping math make sense to others. I love how math can be creative and everyone has their own way of thinking about math!

Kassidy Shumway

Regional Operations Director / Co-Owner
Kassidy Shumway grew up in Bountiful, Utah, and graduated from Brigham Young University in 2011. While at BYU, Kassidy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, was a TA in the math department, and also found time to be an All-American and a team captain and member of the BYU Women's Soccer Team. Kassidy has many years of experience coaching children of all ages in soccer. She has been helping students at Mathnasium since January 2013. Kassidy and her husband have two kids and two active dogs.

Fun Fact: I was in a video on YouTube with over 6 million views.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from BYU

Why I love Mathnasium: I love helping kids realize that math can be fun. The favorite part of my job is going into elementary schools and putting on Math Nights. Laughing and having fun with kids while we do math is so rewarding!

Reed Brown

Owner
Reed has always loved math and enjoys helping kids learn to love math and how to use math in their daily lives. Reed earned a BS of Electrical Engineering degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Business Administration degree at Boise State University. Reed has spent over 25 years as a successful engineering and operations executive at Hewlett Packard, Quantum, and Iomega. In 2004, he decided to test his entrepreneurial skills and created Matchbin (now Radiate Media), a successful internet software company. Over the last 10 years, Reed has been active in the Utah technology community. As a member of the Governor's Technology Initiative Advisory Board for the State of Utah, he has helped to grow funding for engineering programs at Utah Universities and Colleges. Reed and his team are committed to helping children grow their interest and confidence in math and prepare them for a successful college education and career in technology, business, finance, medical, manufacturing, science, biology, or other fields that require strong math skills. Fun Fact: I decided to become an Electrical Engineer because of an 8th-grade shop project making a DC motor. Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from BYU and Masters of Business Administration degree from Boise State University

Brandon Hadlock

Center Manager
Some of my favorite math classes I have taken are Calculus 1 (Fall 2021) and Ordinary Differential Equations (Spring 2024). Some things I enjoy doing include competing and performing dance as well as bowl on a frequent basis. In high school I was the first ever male dance sterling scholar for Stansbury High School and went on to compete at the state level. I have done ballroom for about 7 years and I am currently the dance captain for the Utah Tech Ballroom team. Bowling is one of my biggest hobbies. I also collect decks of cards.

Fun Fact: When I tell people I am a frequent bowler the most common question I get is "What's your highest score?" I used to only be able to say I have gotten 3 - 267's, but now I have gotten a 279 which was 9 strikes in a row before missing one pin and sparing/striking again.

Favorite Number: 17 is my favorite number. It is such an interesting prime number that honestly is different than any other number we use in math.

Education: I will be graduating in Spring 2025 with my Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education. This will be an add-on to my Honors Associates of Science I received in Spring 2023.

Why I love Mathnasium: I enjoy working at Mathnasium because you can really tell when the students start to get what they didn't understand before. Students have that ah-ha moment and it is truly amazing to see them start to enjoy something they didn't even like to look at before.

Brady Postma

Assistant Center Director
Brady has taken Calculus, Statistics, and Computer Science courses. He also used to participate in LAN parties. Some of his favorite hobbies are reading, learning about U.S. history, and what he calls "nerd stuff." He also loves Snickers (especially mini Snickers), Panda Express, and Barnes & Noble.

Fun Fact: In 7th grade, I got second place in the state competitive math test. The guy that got first place was a classmate and friend of mine. We got our names in the local paper.

Favorite Number: Pi

Education: I went to Pineview High School and Dixie State University.

Why I love Mathnasium: Once you get the hang of it, math is beautiful, exciting, even creative and artistic. I want more people to grow up knowing that delight.

Jenn Jordan

Assistant Center Director
I studied Astronomy, so I've taken Statistics and Trigonometry in college. I joined the Air Force at 21, and married another AF member. We traveled extensively, visiting over 19 countries, and we've lived in Hungary, England, and Canada! I was a home school mom for over 13 years, teaching both of my children through Alg1/Geometry/Alg2. I've also taught at several home school co-ops over the years. I love to hike and kayak, and I'm just learning how to stand up paddle board.

Fun Fact: I've been faster than the speed of sound! During my time in the Air Force I was lucky enough to get to fly in an F-15E, and we went past Mach 1.

Favorite Number: I have two! First is 42, because it's the answer to life, the universe, and everything. But also Pi because I was married on March 14th!

Education: I attended the American Military Academy, earning degrees in both History and Astronomy. I'm currently working on my MBA through them as well.

Why I love Mathnasium: I never intended to be a teacher, but when my kids needed consistency of schooling while we moved every 2 years, I came to love it. Now that they are grown and graduated, I love that I can still help kids learn math, and to watch them connect the dots. They are few things more rewarding than watching a child who is struggling with a concept finally get it. The joy they exude is catching, and I'm lucky enough to get to be a part of that process.

Caleb Adams

Lead Instructor
Caleb has taken Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, Statistics, Calculus 1, and Calculus 2. In high school he was on the Cross Country & Track teams, and was a member of the Washington City Youth Council. He loves puzzles! Jigsaw puzzles, Rubik's cubes, Sudoku, pretty much any puzzle! He also loves anything outdoors! Running, swimming, and hiking especially.

Fun Fact: I can say the alphabet backwards. I also have 33 digits of pi memorized.

Favorite Number: My favorite number is 14! When I was a freshman in high school the joke between my friends and I was that if we didn't know the answer on a math assignment, then the answer was 14.

Education: I graduated from DSU Success Academy in 2020 and am currently studying Marketing and Web Design at Utah Tech University.

Why I love Mathnasium: I love math! But I feel like math gets a bad rap sometimes, so I hope I can help the kids see how great and fun math really is!

Hayley Bradbury

Instructor
I have taken Extended Math classes throughout my high school career and am taking AP Calculus this year. I am the choreographer for the Crimson Cliffs Color Guard and a preforming member. I love Color Guard because it's a fun way to express myself by dancing, tossing flags, rifles, and sabers to music. I used to work as a assistant director for Singers Company where I would teach little girls how to sing and dance. I love to read. If I had a good book I would devour it in a single day.

Fun Fact: I take private classes for photo realistic portraiture art.

Favorite Number: 21, because I was at a football game with my friends, I don't know anything about football, and I predicated the score of the game based of the change in my wallet. Miraculously I was right and 21 has been a lucky number since then.

Education: I am a Senior at Crimson Cliffs High School.

Why I love Mathnasium: Math is order and has a clear answer. Despite the answer not being subjective, the methods people use to fins the answer vary widely. It's always fun when people get the correct answer, but do it differently then I do. It's a amazing learning experience both ways.

Emma Ripley

Instructor
I've taken up through Math 3 (about the equivalent of college algebra), math 1050, and am scheduled to take 1040 next semester. I am on the presidency of the Service Club, I was the president of the badminton club last year, I am part the social deductions club and I am on the seminary council! I like baking cakes, playing badminton, reading, and spending time with my family.

Fun Fact: I love making fascinators and I have a lot of them!

Favorite Number: 24, it's the year I graduate and it's a nice, round number. Also, since a lot of teachers assign numbers based on last names, I'm often number 24!

Education: I'm a senior at Desert Hills High school!

Why I love Mathnasium: It seems like a good place to work because they are actually doing good in the world.

Fischer Davis

Instructor
My love for math began my junior year of high school when l took calculus one and two. I am now a student at Utah Tech University where, and am perusing a BA in mathematics. Some of my favorite classes I have taken so far are Multivariable Calculus and Advanced Probability and Statistics. In high school I was a member of the golf team. I am currently on the competitive climbing team at Utah Tech, and a member of the pre medical club. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing and spending time outdoors. When not outside I also love to play video games such as Five Night's at Freddy’s and Fortnite.

Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I write with my left hand, but throw a ball with my right hand.

Favorite Number: My favorite number is definitely 7! 7 is seen my many cultures as a lucky or holy number, and it looks cool.

Education: I am currently a sophomore at Utah Tech University where I am working towards a Bachelors in Mathematics. I graduated high school from Cedar Valley in Eagle Mountain Utah with a 4.0 gpa.

Why I love Mathnasium: I like working at Mathnasium because I love math! I think math is the coolest thing ever invented and it is extremely useful. Everyone can benefit in every aspect of life from having math skills. I really like the opportunity to share my love of math with others.

Peter Vasilik

Instructor
I have taken Honors PreCalc, am a member of the Computer Science Honor Society and Code Camp. I enjoy piano, baking, and playing with Desmos.

Fun Fact: I like number theory!

Favorite Number: 42, because It is the answer.

Education: I go to Crimson Cliffs High School and will graduate in 2025.

Dana Steinhorst

Instructor
I've tutored classes through Multivariable calculus and differential equations and taken math up to Complex Analysis (calculus with imaginary numbers!). I played volleyball, basketball, and track all through high school, then went on to coach all three. I was also on the BYU racquetball team! I have tutored math for the last 15 years. I worked in the BYU tutoring center helping with upper level math classes for two years while in college. I then went on to teach high school math and just finished my 8th year. I love to mountain bike, paddle board, play/coach volleyball, rock climb, roller skate and rescue cats!

Fun Fact: I've been sky diving and bungy jumping!

Favorite Number: My favorite number is 2 because it is the only even prime number.

Education: I got my Bachelors from BYU in 2016 and double majored in Math and Math Education and minored in PE and coaching. I also got my Masters degree from BYU in 2022 in Math Education.

Why I love Mathnasium: I love math and I love helping young people understand and love math too!

Karen Peterson

Instructor
I took pre-calculus in HS and then calculus and trigonometry in college. I was originally planning on being an accountant, so I also took statistics, but I eventually changed to Education. I was class VP my Senior Year in HS. I ran in 3 half marathons and 1 marathon, plus a Ragnar Race. I am a certified teacher and can teach grades Kindergarten thru 5th and Middle School Math 6-9th. I ran a preschool business in my home for 4 years. I have played women's community volleyball and our team took 1st place, twice. I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and being in nature. I enjoy reading. I love playing math games. I love to dance, play volleyball and pickle ball. I love to travel, and I especially love Disneyland and the ocean.

Fun Fact: I am slightly ambidextrous. I can do many things either left or right- handed.

Favorite Number: Number 7. I was born as number seven in my family, maybe that's why I like that number.

Education: I went to Roseville High School in California. I attended Brigham Young University and received my BS in Education. I went to Utah Tech University and received my Middle School Math Endorsement

Why I love Mathnasium: There is nothing more that I enjoy than helping students learn. I believe all students have the ability to learn math if they are given the proper tools, guidance and confidence to grasp the language of math.

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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