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.

Hiwot Abebe

Assistant Center Director
Hiwot holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her journey through education has been marked by a strong foundation in mathematics, as demonstrated during her time in high school as a member of Mu Alpha Theta, a math honors society that involved tutoring peers in a range of math subjects. During her college years, Hiwot served as a teacher at Midlothian Kids Academy, further deepening her passion for working with young minds. With a background in private tutoring, where she specialized in math and science, she believes that Mathnasium is the ideal platform for her to apply her extensive academic skills. While rooted in STEM, Hiwot is also an avid history enthusiast and an unapologetic bookworm!

Jessica L.

District Manager
Jessica is a dedicated and passionate individual with a deep love for children and teaching. She graduated from James Madison University with a Masters in Elementary Education, specializing in math. With experience teaching 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades, Jessica joined our team in 2016. She previously served as the Center Director at the Mathnasium of Short Pump, where her exceptional leadership skills led the center to be recognized as the #1 performing center in North America during her time as manager. Jessica's unwavering commitment to children's growth and her enthusiasm for their learning make her an invaluable asset, ensuring families receive the perfect Mathnasium experience.

Nicki Atwood

COO, Owner
Nicki hails from Baltimore and studied Physics and Chemistry at University of Richmond. While working with students in college, she noticed that many times students are held back because of a gap in their educational foundation and that drew her to Mathnasium’s unique approach. When not at Mathnasium, Nicki loves to visit different cities and hang out with her cat. In fact, she loves pets of all shapes and sizes, and has had many different types of pets, including a dog, a mouse, a rabbit, and even a hedgehog!

James Temple

Owner
James developed a passion for and proficiency with Mathematics during his middle and high school years. In 2000, James graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Mathematics and a love for solving all types of problems. He took those skills into the United States Air Force where he served for 7 years as an aircraft maintenance officer. It was during these years that James had the opportunity to tutor home schooled children and really started to appreciate the frustration that many kids feel towards Mathematics. James left the Air Force in 2007 to go back to the University of Virginia where he received his Master's of Business Administration degree from the Darden School of Business.

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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