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.


Donna, a proud alumna of the University of California, Los Angeles, stands as a testament to the pursuit of excellence in mathematics. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, she has not only honed her own understanding of the subject but has also actively shared her knowledge through teaching and tutoring experiences. After graduating, Donna dedicated a year to teaching junior high mathematics, where she played a pivotal role in shaping the mathematical foundations of young minds. Her passion for education extends beyond the traditional classroom setting, as evidenced by her rich tutoring experience. Through one-on-one interactions, Donna has cultivated an environment where students can comfortably navigate the complexities of mathematics, fostering a sense of confidence and proficiency. As Donna continues her journey in the realm of mathematics education, her blend of academic achievement, teaching experience, and a passion for algebra positions her as a valuable mentor and guide for those navigating the often challenging landscape of mathematical exploration. Her dedication to empowering students and instilling in them a deep appreciation for math underscores her commitment to fostering a new generation of confident and capable mathematicians.


Lead Instructor
In her second year of college, Helen emerges as an enthusiastic and dedicated student, passionately pursuing a major in biology. Her academic journey is not only marked by a commitment to the life sciences but also intertwined with a profound appreciation for mathematics, a subject she has found joy in since her school days. Remarkably, Helen's connection with mathematics extends beyond the traditional classroom setting, as she was once a Mathnasium student herself, benefiting from the specialized guidance and support that the program offers. Helen's academic pursuits are complemented by a diverse range of hobbies that speak to her creativity and love for the arts. Whether she is crocheting intricate patterns or strumming on a guitar, Helen finds solace and inspiration in these expressive outlets, highlighting the multifaceted nature of her interests and talents. Having experienced the positive impact of personalized math instruction firsthand, Helen is not only an advocate for the subject but also a testament to the effectiveness of programs like Mathnasium. Her journey from being a student to actively engaging with the material reflects a profound belief in the transformative power of education and mentorship.

Dan Saposhnik

Director of Operations
Dan graduated from the University of Arizona in 1985 with a B.S. in Microbiology and from Hofstra University's Graduate School of Business in 1990 with an MBA in Accounting. He worked as a CPA with public accounting firm Price Waterhouse and has built successful companies in various fields including real estate and executive recruiting. Dan's passion for teaching and love for working with kids is rooted in family tradition. His mother was a highly regarded principal in Las Vegas for nearly 30 years. Dan has taught and tutored children of all ages and was a mentor for underprivileged children. Dan is committed to significantly increasing Woodland Hills children's math skills, their understanding of math concepts and their overall school performance. "We provide lots of warm encouragement in a very positive learning environment so that children build their confidence and develop a winning attitude towards math. Our kids learn math in a way that makes sense to them. They get excited about math and this spirit carries over into everything they do."

Laurie Wasser Saposhnik

Director of Marketing and Community Outreach
Laurie graduated from UCLA in 1986 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Prior to joining Mathnasium, Laurie worked for various Fortune 500 high tech companies such as IBM, SAP, EMC, TIBCO and MicroStrategy. Laurie's passion for teaching and love for working with kids is rooted in family tradition. Her father taught special education at the high school level for over 30 years in California. Laurie is committed to partnering with the Las Vegas community to increase Las Vegas children's math skills, their understanding of math concepts and their confidence in their ability to be successful.


Immersed in the world of mechanical engineering at Pierce College, Renata stands as a dedicated scholar driven by a profound passion for mathematics and its versatile applications. Her academic journey is not just a pursuit of knowledge but a quest to unravel the intricate ways in which math elucidates the workings of our world. During her free time, Renata channels her intellectual curiosity into researching the implications of mathematics in daily life, captivated by its profound impact on shaping our understanding of the world.As Renata continues to forge her path in mechanical engineering, her unique blend of academic fervor, research-driven curiosity, and a commitment to mentorship positions her as a promising force in both her academic pursuits and her contributions to the broader mathematical community.


Embarking on his academic journey as a freshman at Pierce College, Sameer is charting a course toward a future in computer engineering with aspirations of transferring to renowned institutions such as UCLA or UCSB. Beyond the confines of his academic pursuits, Sameer finds fulfillment in a diverse array of activities that enrich his college experience. In his leisure moments, Sameer is a multifaceted individual who seamlessly balances his love for sports, entertainment, and socializing. Basketball courts and video game consoles alike serve as arenas where he can unwind and immerse himself in the joy of competition and camaraderie. The importance of friendship is not lost on Sameer, as he values the time spent hanging out with friends, fostering connections beyond the realm of academia. What sets Sameer apart is not only his proficiency in mathematics but his exceptional patience and versatility in teaching. Recognizing that each student learns in their unique way, he employs a multitude of


Driven by a profound passion for the intricacies of math and physics, Tamira Shany is on a mission to share the beauty of these subjects with fellow students. Recognizing that the roots of mathematics and science are intricately entwined beneath the surface, Tamira is dedicated to unveiling these hidden connections through a deep and comprehensive understanding. Her ultimate goal is to foster a broader appreciation for the fundamental principles that govern our world.Currently on the verge of graduating from El Camino Real, Tamira is poised to embark on the next chapter of her academic journey as she sets her sights on becoming a mechanical engineer.From the exhilaration of skateboarding to the contemplative appreciation of art, and the dynamic world of wrestling, her passions reflect a multifaceted personality. Balancing her intellectual pursuits with recreational activities, Tamira also enjoys the tranquility of the beach, finding solace in the rhythmic sounds of the waves.


Raein is currently a dedicated student at Pierce College, embarking on the exciting journey of his first year. His academic pursuits are centered around the captivating field of Electrical Engineering, where he is eager to explore the intricate world of circuits, electronics, and innovation. With an insatiable curiosity and a passion for problem-solving, Raein aspires to make significant contributions to the ever-evolving realm of technology.As he progresses through his educational journey, Raein remains committed to expanding his skill set, staying current with industry trends, and fostering a deep understanding of the principles that underpin his chosen field. With his blend of academic dedication, love for teaching, and a keen interest in electrical engineering, Raein is poised to make a meaningful impact in both his academic and professional endeavors.

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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