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.

Amber Wicklund

Education Director
Howdy! My name is Amber and I'm the Education Director at the Mathnasium of Whitefish Bay. I recently graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Biochemistry, where solving complex problems is the name of the game. Ever since my brother was born paralyzed I have developed a passion for helping students reach their full potential and changing as many lives as possible. I also teach kids instrumentally for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) and theatrically for Children’s Christian Theater. My hobbies include LEGO building, sports (especially Baseball), playing violin/cello/piano, crocheting, reading, baking, and of course laughing (so come to me with any jokes). Fun fact: a pizza that has a radius “z” and height “a” has volume Pi*z*z*a. Working at Mathnasium is an honor and I look forward to enhancing students’ math skills through 96.95% instruction and 3.05% jokes.

Kate Sommerfeld

Director of People and Culture
Hi! My name is Kate, and I’m so excited to be here at Mathnasium! I graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a major in Elementary Education. As a former classroom teacher, I established a deep love of both the teaching/learning process and helping kids reach their full potential. It is gratifying being able to instill a love of learning while being a cheerleader for all of the lightbulb moments! During my time in the classroom, I was fortunate enough to also develop a strong passion for support. Being a positive asset who others feel comfortable seeking out when they need encouragement or personal development is an incredible motivator for me. As long as I’m here at Mathnasium, I will strive to make our instructors, students, and families feel appreciated and supported in whatever ways I can! In my free time, I love reading, watching competitive cooking shows or reality TV, playing board or card games, and spending time with my friends and family!

Indigo

Administrative Assistant
Hi! I’m Indigo, the Administrative Assistant at Mathnasium of Whitefish Bay. I like math because it’s very straightforward, and once you get the hang of it, it can be fun. I love my job at Mathnasium because while I don’t teach the students, I enjoy seeing the smiles on the kids' faces after a good session and hearing about what they learned during their time in the center. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, exploring the city with my sister and friends, and playing video games. I’m happy to be a part of the Whitefish Bay team and I look forward to helping the kids enjoy their time at Mathnasium!

Amy Knox

Community Outreach Director
I am thrilled to be back in Whitefish Bay serving as the Community Outreach Director. For 12 years I taught at Richard's Elementary School as a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teacher. I also started the Richard's Running Club and a 4th grade Writing Club. Prior to teaching, I was the Director of Graduate Admissions at Cardinal Stritch University. So, in 2018 I decided to go back to Higher Education and worked at Mount Mary University for 2 years. Now, I am back in Whitefish Bay and feel at home. My family consists of my husband, Ken, and my two boys, Calvin and Jacob. Calvin lives and works in Chicago, and Jacob is graduating from UW-Whitewater with a double major.

Rohita Shah

Owner
Hello! I'm Rohita Shah the Owner of Mathnasium of Whitefish Bay. Prior to opening this center in 2015, I enjoyed working as a project associate for the American Orthopaedic Association and doing research in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. I have a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from University of Illinois. With my own children, I experienced both the frustrations of math and the rewards of overcoming the challenges through the Mathnasium method. Therefore, I'm passionate about helping every child truly understand math by teaching it in the way that makes sense to them. More importantly, I'm committed to bringing the Mathnasium Method to the children in the community. When I'm not at Mathnasium, I enjoy cooking, reading, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

Molly

Lead Instructor
Hi! I'm Molly. I graduated with a degree in Education Studies from UW-Madison. I absolutely love math and learning - you can often find me doing math problems for fun. Outside of school, I enjoy being outside, reading, and watching movies. I’m very passionate about helping others learn, especially when it comes to math, so I’m very excited to be part of the Mathnasium team!

Aidan

Lead Instructor
Hello! My name is Aidan and I'm a senior at Whitefish Bay High School. Math has always been my favorite subject, so I started working at Mathnasium in the summer of 2022 and have loved working with the kids and staff here ever since. Outside of school and teaching, I love spending time outdoors, whether I'm playing tennis or roaming around with friends. I have so much fun coming into the center and getting to know all of the great students that come in and sharing my love for math, I hope to see you at Mathnasium soon!

Jon

Instructor
Hello! My name is Jon and I am an instructor here at Mathnasium. I retired after 31 great years of teaching middle and high school math and computers here in the Milwaukee area. It’s been outstanding working with so many enjoyable, diverse students over the years, and I'm excited to be at Mathnasium, continuing to help youth discover the wonderful world of mathematics. It’s gratifying to see their faces light up as they move beyond the basics to make higher-level connections and find new ways to apply their knowledge, along the way increasing confidence levels in their math abilities. In my free time I very much enjoy hiking & biking, skiing & snowboarding, and camping & traveling with family and friends. I look forward to helping the spirited students of the community find success here at Mathnasium!

Tali

Instructor
Hi! My name’s Tali and I’m a senior at UW-Milwaukee studying elementary and middle education with a focus in math. Along with working as an instructor at Mathnasium, I spend a lot of time outdoors doing fun stuff like hiking and picnics, hanging out with my friends, reading, and playing my trumpet and guitar! I also really love to cook. I’m super excited to be able to share my love of math with the kids at Mathnasium!

Bill

Instructor
I am currently a senior at Whitefish Bay High School. I've been working at Mathnasium for 2+ years and have enjoyed every second of it! When I'm not working in the theater building and painting sets, I am typically at home playing video games, cooking, or reading a good book. My favorite drink is coffee. In college, I plan on pursuing theatrical set design. I look forward to working with your child!

Rich

Instructor
Hi! My name is Rich and I'm an instructor at Mathnasium of Whitefish Bay. I worked for 35 years as an actuary, consulting to the largest companies in the country. I also tutor adult students toward their GED through Literacy Services of Wisconsin. I love working with kids to help them learn math to be successful in school and beyond. I especially like teaching math tricks and the unique Mathnasium approach that gives students a clearer understanding of how to solve math problems. I graduated from the UW - Madison with a degree in Actuarial Science. I have always loved math and knew this was the right field for me very early in life. My two sons are very strong in math, and I’m proud they were also Mathnasium instructors. In my spare time, I like reading, cycling, and volleyball. I have lived in Wisconsin most of my life and am a diehard Packers, Brewers, and Badgers fan!

Clare

Instructor
Hi! My name is Clare and I am a senior this year, hoping to major in Elementary Education next year! I love cooking, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends! I love working at Mathnasium and getting to know the students!

Elise R

Instructor
Hi! My name is Elise, and I am a junior at DSHA. Outside of working at Mathnasium, I love to stay active, travel, and spend time with family and friends. I play volleyball and tennis, as well as ski. I have always had a profound love for learning, and since I was young, I have been asking questions about why and how things work. I am thrilled to share my love of learning with students at Mathnasium!

Gillian

Instructor
Hello! My name is Gillian, and I am a junior at DSHA. As an instructor, I really enjoy working at Mathnasium because every day is different. I get to impact the days of new kids each time I work as I help them become confident in their math skills. Math is my favorite subject, and I hope one day I can work in the medical field. Some other hobbies I enjoy are skiing and playing lacrosse for my high school.

Olivia

Instructor
Hi! My name is Olivia and I am a junior at Marquette University. I love to travel, spend time with friends and family and play soccer. Since I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for math. Being able to help kids improve their math skills and work with them daily is such a reward!

Matthew

Instructor
Hi, I am Matthew Noack, a junior at Whitefish Bay High School. Math has always been a favorite subject in school. I love to solve problems and consider the many ways math is used in everyday life. I hope to teach others math in ways that make learning fun! When not at school I love playing competitive sports, piano, violin and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to meeting you at Mathnasium!

John

Instructor
Hi! My name is John, and I am glad to work at Mathnasium. I retired after 42 years as an IT Specialist at UWM. Before that, I studied to be a math teacher, and I believe that Mathnasium has given me a second chance to do that! I love the students and my coworkers here. In my spare time, I love to play chess and table tennis!

Will

Instructor
Hi, I’m Will and I am a junior at Whitefish Bay High School. I have always enjoyed math, as well as working with others, and working at Mathnasium has been a great way to do both! I love being able to work with kids and share my passion for math with them. I also play golf and downhill ski for my school, and am in Spanish Club and Best Buddies.

Lydia L

Instructor
Hello, I’m Lydia and I am a senior at Whitefish Bay High School. Math has always been my favorite subject, and I hope to apply that knowledge towards becoming an engineer someday. I am excited to share my love of math with kids in a fun and happy environment. My other passions are playing volleyball and downhill skiing for my High School teams.

Quinn

Instructor
Hello! My name is Quinn and I'm a senior at Whitefish Bay High School. Some other things I enjoy doing outside of working here at Mathnasium include sports such as Soccer and Baseball as well as traveling and volunteering in Latin America during the summer. Over the next year, I am hoping to broaden my horizons by participating in theatre and helping kids reach their math goals at Mathnasium!

Owen

Instructor
My name is Owen, and I am a junior at Whitefish Bay High School. Math has always been my favorite subject in school, and I have been lucky to have great, inspiring math teachers who have made math accessible and fun. Outside of school, I really enjoy playing competitive soccer and being active outdoors, including hiking and going on canoe wilderness trips in northern Minnesota and Canada. I love to travel, especially to Spanish-speaking countries where I can practice my Spanish and broaden my horizons. I am so excited to pursue my passion for math by working at Mathnasium!

Leora

Instructor
Hi! My name is Leora and I am a sophomore at Brookfield Academy. I’ve always had a passion for math and I’m very excited to be working with kids at Mathnasium. Outside of Mathnasium I enjoy spending time outside with my friends and family, traveling, and walking my dog to the lake. I play soccer, softball, and I run cross country at Brookfield Academy.

Tim

Instructor
I’m Tim, and I am a high school English teacher. Yes, that’s right! I am an English teacher who adores numbers! I have been teaching English in the Milwaukee area since 1988 and tutoring since 2008. As a tutor, I have coached middle school students to improve their executive functioning skills, helped so many high school students with their literary analysis and research assignments, AP preparation, and all five sections of the ACT, including the math section. I have also tutored university students and helped future doctors with their medical school applications. Now, I will be helping students appreciate the magic, the beauty, and the creativity of mathematics! I am thrilled to be joining the team here in Whitefish Bay!

Giovanna

Instructor
Hi! My name is Giovanna and I'm a junior at Nicolet High School. I am in extracurriculars at school including Best Buddies and Feed the Need, and apart from that I like to play tennis, hang out with my friends, and listen to music. Math has always been a passion of mine and I am so excited to share that here at Mathnasium. I am so excited to work with the students!

Elizabeth

Instructor
Hi! My name is Elizabeth and I am a senior at Whitefish Bay High School. At Mathnasium I am able to share my love for math and help kids improve their math skills and reach their goals! Outside of Mathnasium, I love spending time with family and friends, cooking, and traveling.

Jenny

Instructor
Hi!! My name is Jenny and I am a junior at Whitefish Bay High School. Math has always been a favorite subject of mine, and I am so grateful to be able to share that love with others! Outside of Mathnasium, I love playing volleyball, spending time with friends and family, and going to the beach. I am so excited to be a part of this community!

Vikram

Instructor
Hi! I'm Vikram. I'm a senior at USM and captain the robotics team with my twin brother. I moved from Alabama a year ago, and before that, I lived in Florida. My favorite subjects in school are math and physics, but out of school, I like rock climbing, playing board games with my family, doing art, and hanging out with my dog. I love helping kids improve their math skills. Each day I work, I love my job even more!

Lauren

Instructor
Hello! My name is Lauren and I am an instructor here at the Mathnasium. I am currently a junior at UW-Milwaukee pursuing my bachelors degree in secondary education - science. Hopefully that means one day I'll be teaching high school biology! In my free time I enjoy having game nights with my roommates and spending time with our cat, Jack. I also like to spend time playing my cello, guitar or ukulele. I am looking forward to my time at the Mathnasium and helping some cool kiddos get really good at math

Eitan

Instructor
Hi! My name is Eitan and I'm a Junior at Nicolet High School. I am a Mathnasium instructor because I've always loved helping and teaching others. In my free time I play sports, like basketball and volleyball, as well as hang out with my friends. At my school, I participate in various other extracurriculars such as my school's robotics team and our Hebrew Club. I'm super excited to start working with everyone!

Alice

Instructor
Hello! My name is Alice and I’m currently a junior at Shorewood High School. Math has always come naturally to me and I’ve had a strong passion for it ever since I was in elementary school, so I’m thrilled to work with everyone at Mathnasium and further that passion. Because of my love of math and science, I hope to one day pursue a career in STEM. Outside of Mathnasium I also play guitar, I’m a member of my schools chamber choir, I’m the class of 2025 vice president on student council, and I’m an LT at YMCA Camp Minikani.

Ava

Instructor
Hey, my name is Ava and I'm a senior at Whitefish Bay high school. I love working at Mathnasium because it gives me the opportunity to participate in my community, help people, and bear witness to the never-ending shenanigans that come with working with kids. I look forward to being a life-long student of the world, and I hope to inspire those around me to love learning as well!

Stella

Instructor
Hi! I'm Stella and I'm a Junior at Shorewood High School. I've always loved math and I've recently found that I enjoy working with and teaching kids. I spend a lot of my free time outside and I teach youth sailing lessons during the summer. Some of my hobbies are theater tech, rock climbing, mountain biking, and camping. I'm super excited to be working at Mathnasium!

Reilly

Instructor
Hey there! My name is Reilly and I am a recent graduate of Lake Forest College with a bachelor's in Psychology. I've had an affinity for math since I was a kid, and I love to help others! In my spare time, I love reading more about psychology, and playing games with friends! I am thrilled to be working with you!

Katherine

Instructor
Hello! I’m Katherine, a junior at Shorewood High School. Math is a subject I’ve always had to work hard at, but I’ve grown to love it and I now am passionate about math. I love teaching kids and working with others, so I am very fortunate to be a member of the Mathnasium team to share my love of math! In my free time I enjoy reading, baking, spending time with friends and family, and playing volleyball. I’m thrilled to be working with everyone at Mathnasium!

Julia

Instructor
Hi! I’m Julia and I recently graduated from Northwestern University where I majored in Environmental Science and Classics with a Latin focus and I am currently studying to take my actuarial exams. Math has always been so fun for me and I am excited to share that sentiment with the students at Mathnasium. Outside of math, I enjoy doing art, specifically oil painting, printmaking, and photography. I also enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures, especially through cuisine, so I am always cooking and baking new recipes. I look forward to working with everyone at Mathnasium!

Harry

Instructor
Hello! My name is Harry, and I'm a junior at Whitefish Bay High School. Throughout the entirety of my education, math has become my favorite subject. I'm so excited to share my knowledge of math with students at Mathnasium! Besides that, I love volleyball and tennis, hanging out with friends, and listening to music.

Joseph

Instructor
Hi! My name’s Joseph and I’m a Junior at Whitefish Bay High School. Some things I like to do are to play sports such as football or track, to play video games, and to build things. I hope to be able to help out the WFB community by working here at Mathnasium, and to meet a lot of great people!

Tessa

Instructor
Hi! I’m Tessa. I am a senior at Dominican High School this year, I plan to major in psychology and math next year. I love math and working with kids, so I’m very excited to be working at Mathnasium!

Liam

Instructor
Hello, name is Liam and I am a senior at Nicolet High School. Math has always been a passion of mine and I am eager to work with the students. I enjoy spending time outside, traveling, and playing sports like soccer, golf, and lacrosse. In school, I am a member of financial club, best buddies, and pickleball club. I’m very excited to be an instructor for Mathnasium.

Sam

Instructor
Hey! I'm Sam, a junior at MSOE majoring in computer engineering. From tackling math challenges on the high school math team to constructing a CPU in college, numbers have always been my thing. Aside from studying, you'll catch me riding my bike, playing card games, savoring a cup of coffee, and getting lost in a movie. Fun fact: my favorite number is 144 – it's not just 12 squared; it's also the 12th Fibonacci number. Can't wait to share my math enthusiasm with you at Mathnasium.

Ellie

Instructor
Hi! My name is Ellie Murray, and I am a senior at Dominican High School. Next year I plan to study political science and chemistry. In my free time I love to sing and act, swim, learn K-pop dances with my sister, and spend time outside with friends. I have always adored math and working with kids, and am beyond excited to be apart of Mathnasium!

Owen

Instructor
Hi, I’m Owen and I go to Whitefish Bay High School. I have always enjoyed math and working with others so Mathnasium is a great way to do both! I have always been lucky to have teachers that make math interesting and fun. I hope that I can inspire kids to want to learn more and have a passion for math as well. Some of my interests outside of school include fishing, golfing, and spending time with my family and friends. I also love to travel, especially to places with different cultures so I can learn more about how different people live all over the world! I am so grateful I have the opportunity to work at Mathnasium!

Hannah

Instructor
Hi! My name is Hannah and I attend Nicolet High School. My favorite subjects in school are biology, chemistry, and math. I really want to go into biomedical research when I am older and help others. I play tennis and lacrosse through my school, love to do art, and hangout with my friends. I also love puzzles and problem solving. I am so excited to work at Mathnasium and help students with math!

Liam

Instructor
Hi! My name is Liam, and I attend Whitefish Bay High school. In addition to working at Mathnasium, I love to go camping, play soccer, and spend time with family and friends. My favorite sport to play is soccer. I have always loved learning, and I am excited to learn new strategies and math techniques at Mathnasium. I am excited to be a part of the team!

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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