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.

Erik

Assistant Director
Erik joined the Mathnasium team as an Instructor in late July 2017. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California, Irvine. Originally from National City, CA, located in Southern San Diego County, he decided to take a large step out of his comfort zone and move out of his hometown to continue his educational pursuits. Math has always been a strong point and passion for him, from assisting his teachers at his high school as a Peer Tutor/ Teaching Assistant in Algebra and Intermediate Algebra to assisting his fellow classmates in college. In his free time, Erik enjoys playing baseball and volleyball, hanging out with friends and family, going out and eating at various restaurants, and bonfires and adventures at the beach.

Andrew

Instructor
Andrew graduated from the University of Long Beach with a BA in Nursing. He has been working with the Mathnasium company for over 8 years now while working at the hospital. His passion for helping people cultivated to him sticking around and still working with the children till this day. During his time, he usually spends it either listening to music, go to concerts, and go on food adventures.

Justin

Instructor
Justin Abestilla is a first-year student at IVC currently studying to earn a degree in architectural engineering. From a young age, Justin had been fascinated with structure and complex shapes, so he decided to pursue engineering in hopes of one day designing those structures. Justin enjoyed the satisfaction of helping his classmates understand mathematical concepts and even relied on his other classmates for help with his own struggles in math classes, so he understands the value of extracurricular instruction for young students. He also has experience in robotics and Computer-Aided Design programs. Aside from mathematics, Justin also enjoys playing music and racquetball.

Jefield

Instructor
Jefield is interested in both Machine Language and Math. Here at Mathnasium, He wants to help more students who dislike and are afraid of math and he wants to share his passion for math with them. In his spare time, Jefield enjoys building model kits as well as performing Magic Tricks.

Amber

Instructor
Amber joined Mathnasium in the summer of 2022 as a math instructor. Having been a previous Mathnasium student, she is extremely comfortable with the tutoring environment and strives to cultivate the same supportive environment for students. Amber explores her passion for math through tutoring her classmates and challenging herself in advanced courses. She enjoys playing piano and hiking in her free time.

Akshat

Instructor
Akshat is a graduate from Woodbridge High School class of 2022. He will be studying computer science at UCSC this fall. He has always enjoyed learning math ranging from the fundamentals to Calculus in High School. His passion for math carried onto his job where he enjoys interacting with students and helping them grow every day. When he’s not teaching math, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends and trading his money in the stock market.

Jason

Instructor
I've recently graduated from Chapman University with my Bachelor's in Physics with a minor in Computer Science. When working with math, I believe I'm dealing with the universe itself, that's why I love working with it so much and why I chose to pursue a degree in Physics. I love helping other people, especially young students, discover and understand the beauty of math as I see it. Eventually, I wish to have a career in Aerospace Materials and/or Propulsion Systems, as I'm fascinated with the structure of materials and wish to help humanity explore the stars. In my free time I enjoy exercising, playing games, and of course, doing math.

Hirad

Instructor
Hirad is a mechanical engineering major at IVC. He explores his passion for STEM topics through automobiles and physics. Hirad enjoys group problem solving and helping his peers succeed. Having joined the Mathnasium team in September of 2022, he is quite familiar and comfortable with the Mathnasium method and curriculum. His hobbies include playing the piano, soccer, and cooking.

Arjun

Instructor
Arjun joined Mathnasium as an instructor in August, 2023. He graduated from Northwood High School in 2023, and will be attending the University of California, Irvine, studying to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. Arjun has enjoyed mathematics from a very young age, and always wanted to challenge himself and find patterns to better understand the math that he was learning. By teaching math, he hopes to inspire that same passion in young math students. In his free time, Arjun enjoys going out with his friends, playing video games, and listening to music.

Claire

Instructor
Claire has been an instructor at Mathnasium since the summer of 2023. She is currently a student at the University of California, Irvine to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences. She has always been passionate in the STEM field, and decided to join the Mathnasium family to help young students striving to improve in numeracy and math skills. As a fellow student herself, she understands how difficult it may be for students to dive into a subject with the lack of guidance, and aims to help those who seek guidance in math. When she has free time, she enjoys watercolor painting and playing the piano.

Miyako

Instructor
Miyako is a graduate of University High School's class of 2023. This fall she will be attending UCLA pursuing a Psychobiology major. With a passion for the STEM field, specifically medicine, she hopes to use her mathematical knowledge in aiding Mathnasium students through their primary/secondary education. Outside school and working at Mathnasium, Miyako enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends, and embroidering.

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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