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Our Team

Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting; our unique approach enables us to explain concepts really well and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn! Read below to learn more about our talented team:

Center DirectorTommy Najarian, Owner/Center Director

Tommy earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA, Tommy worked as a Mechanical Engineer and a Technologist in the Aerospace and Defense industry. While attending UCLA, Tommy developed a passion for teaching after tutoring underrepresented college students in the subjects of math and physics. His desire to teach and help the children in his community led him to open a Mathnasium Center.

When he is not working, Tommy enjoys keeping fit by playing basketball, practicing Yoga, and lifting weights. He also loves to travel and enjoys life with family and friends.

Adrienne Hulme, Lead Instructor

I am from Portland, Oregon, and after starting college in Texas, finished my Bachelor's Degree in Math from Portland State University. I have been living in San Diego for 5 years now and hope to never leave! I spend most of my time doing photography, but enjoy a variety of other activities that mostly involve being out in the sunshine and/or eating yummy food.

Favorite Number:  52, it's such a lovely number

Favorite Math Joke: The problem with math puns is that calculus jokes are all derivative, trigonometry jokes are too graphic, algebra jokes are usually formulaic, and arithmetic jokes are pretty basic. But I guess the occasional statistics joke is an outlier.

In five years, I will be: Petting dogs all over the world

I love Mathnasium because: I think math skills like logic and problem solving are incredibly useful in life, and I love that Mathnasium is helping erase the negative stigma of math and make it accessible for everyone!

Anna Wade, Lead Instructor

I just graduated from UCSB with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Philosophy. I spent time studying in Leeds, UK and I hope to attend graduate school abroad in the coming years. During my free time I like to travel, read, do yoga, and play piano.

Favorite Number:  24. It's a very versatile number!

Favorite Math Joke: What do you call a young eigensheep? A lamb, duh.

In five years, I will be: In graduate school learning more math!

I love Mathnasium because: Math is so much fun! I love that we can share that with so many people.

Volunteer InstructorAram Sepulveda, Lead Instructor

 Aram is currently studying Mathematics with a Single Subject Teaching emphasis at San Diego State University. In his free time, he likes to spend time with friends, and likes to work on cars.

Favorite Number: 4 - It's just a nice single digit number.

Favorite Math Joke: Why should the number 288 never be mentioned? It's two gross.

In five years, I will be: Teaching high school math.

I love Mathnasium because: I enjoy interacting with the students, as well as helping them understand new math concepts.

Joshua Carrington, Lead Instructor

I am a student at San Diego State University in Mechanical Engineering. I love working with computers & technology and I've always loved math & the sciences. I love to draw (or any art in general), listening to music & discovery new artists, photography, and playing video games. I also love being outdoors and exploring nature with friends and family.

Favorite Number:  5 - because its the day of my birthday and its easy to work with. It also appears a lot in math.

Favorite Math Joke: Why DID seven eat nine? Because you’re supposed to eat 3 squared meals a day!

In five years, I will be: Pursing my career or going for a Masters degree

I love Mathnasium because: of the level of care put into the students. Rather than teaching them a concept to help them understand in the moment, it's more geared towards building their whole foundation of math knowledge which, most kids skip out on during school. Also, it has a fun environment.

Kellie Formanek, Lead Instructor

I am Junior as San Diego State University studying music education. I've been living in San Diego my whole life. I enjoy playing the cello and cross-stitching in my free time.

Favorite Number:  My favorite number is 28 because it's my birthday number.

Favorite Math Joke: Why was algebra so easy for the Romans? Because X always equals 10!

In five years, I will be: Graduated from SDSU and teaching kids about music.

I love Mathnasium because: I can teach effectively to students and make a difference in their lives.

Vivi Garcia Solorzano, Lead Instructor

I was born and raised in Mexico, and a few years ago my family came to the United States. After moving here, I started college and I am currently working on my Bachelor's Degree. In my free time, I like to travel, read, do yoga, and watch movies.

 Favorite Number: 17, because so many important events in my life have happened on this day.

Favorite Math Joke: Why are circles so smart? Because they have 360 degrees!

In five years, I will be: Pursuing my career and working towards a Master's Degree.

I love Mathnasium because: It's a great opportunity to help students improve their math skills and make it fun in the process!

Claire Stephens, Instructor

I'm a San Diego native who loves musical theatre, speech, and studying topics like chemistry, rhetoric, and of course, math!

Favorite Number: Probably 15 because I was born on the 15th and growing up in elementary school it was always my class number.

Favorite Math Joke: Did you hear the one about the statistician? Probably.

In five years, I will be: Likely in medical or PA school trying to do something in the dermatology field.

I love Mathnasium because: I grew up at Mathnasium as a student here! It feels surreal to give back and teach at the place that taught me everything I know about math.

Evan Perez, Instructor

I am originally from LA! I am currently finishing my bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics at UC San Diego. I am a total nerd for math and physics, but I also love pursuing my other interests such as music, martial arts, and spending time outdoors. I enjoy teaching because it gives me the opportunity to meet and work with a lot of different people. I find it fulfilling to be able to help others achieve their goals, whether is is math or anything else in life. I am happy to be here!

Favorite Number: (-∞,∞). Why have one favorite number, when you can have all of them?

Favorite Math Joke: I'll do algebra and I'll do trig. I'll even do statistics. But graphing is where I draw the line!

In five years, I will be: Working at NASA!

I love Mathnasium because: You get to meet and work with different people. I love being able to guide others through the beautiful world of math!

Gabbi Engler, Instructor

I am currently studying Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Computer Science at San Diego State. I hope to pursue a Master's Degree in Mathematics after graduating with my Bachelor's. I enjoy spending time with friends and reading manga/novels.

Favorite Number: 13 because it is a notoriously unlucky number (and my birth date).

Favorite Math Joke: What did the zero say to the eight? Nice belt.

In five years, I will be: Graduating with a Master's Degree and teaching Math.

I love Mathnasium because: It grants me the opportunity to spread my love for and understanding of math!

Madelynn Grisham, Instructor

I am a student at UCSD studying Ecology, Animal Behavior, and Evolution. I also love the beach and bodysurfing!

Favorite Number: 2 because it's very simple but very useful.

Favorite Math Joke: Never argue with a 90° angle, they are always right.

In five years, I will be: Doing environmental research on plants and animals.

I love Mathnasium because: I have the opportunity to help kids love math the way I did when I was younger.

Miranda Halverson, Instructor

Although I am a San Diego native, I have studied Neuroscience in New York, worked in a laboratory in London, toured the country in a two-person production of A Christmas Carol, taught theater for Disney in Beijing, trained exotic animals in Seattle, even worked in a Mathnasium in Honolulu! Currently I am obtaining a Master's in Conservation at the San Diego Zoo. And guess what all these things have in common? Math! But feel free to ask me about almost anything.

Favorite Number: Pi, because it has the best holiday.

Favorite Math Joke: i says to pi: Be rational! pi says to i: Get real!

In five years, I will be: Operating an outreach program to educate children about the awesomeness of opossums.

I love Mathnasium because: The curriculum opens kids' eyes to how cool and useful their least favorite (often) subject can be. Math and opossums have a lot in common.

Nicholas Hon, Instructor

I'm a senior in high school, born and raised in San Diego. I love playing volleyball, basketball, video games and listening to music. You'll usually see me at any beach or any park with my friends playing spikeball or just throwing a baseball around.

Favorite Number: 7 because it's the luckiest of them all.

Favorite Math Joke: 9+10=21

In five years, I will be: Graduating from SDSU and hopefully still playing volleyball.

I love Mathnasium because: Helping kids comprehend math is so compelling for me because I was a student here and I started to love math because of Mathnasium. I will hopefully turn some students into loving math like the instructors did for me, while having awesome conversations.

Nicholas Stepanof, Instructor

My name is Nick, and I am currently studying at San Diego Mesa College. I am double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry. I used to work for the Department of Defense where I was an aircraft mechanic. I even got to work with the Blue Angels. I spend most of my time studying or playing volleyball. I also restore classic cars in my free time.

Favorite Number: 2520, because it is the smallest number to be divisible by every number 1-10.

Favorite Math Joke: Write the expression for the volume of a thick crust pizza with height "a" and radius "z".

In five years, I will be: Hopefully putting my degree to good use designing the next generation of aircraft.

I love Mathnasium because: Math is for everyone, and some kids just need some extra help to understand everything. This is a great place to be among their peers, and get the extra help they need.

Parker Murray, Instructor

I am 17 years old and in my free time I enjoy hiking, reading, and playing piano. I ran cross country and track throughout high school and love finding new runs to go on!

Favorite Number: 4 because there are four people in my family.

Favorite Math Joke: Why should you never talk to Pi? Because he'll go on and on forever!

In five years, I will be: A college graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering.

I love Mathnasium because: I love getting to show students new ways to do math!

Pearce Moffat, Instructor

Born and raised in San Diego. In my free time I enjoy badminton, video gaming, and building exquisite sand castles at the beach.

Favorite Number: 11 because it is the only 2 digit prime palindrome.

Favorite Math Joke: Why is the obtuse triangle always so frustrated? Because it's never right!

In five years, I will be: Still learning new things about math.

I love Mathnasium because: The team is dedicated to helping children boost their confidence in their own mathematical abilities.

Ray Ruhman, Instructor

I grew up here in San Diego so naturally I'm a huge Padres fan and I have to admit that I'm still a fan of the Chargers even though it still hurts that they left! I also love chess and the occasional tennis match. It's really a beautiful thing when playing a tennis game feels like playing a chess game and vice-versa. The two games are so different yet have so much in common it always amazes me. I became interested in math when I was introduced to the concept of imaginary numbers and my fascination grew from there.

Favorite Number:  My favorite number is 8 because it's always been my lucky number and I can remember as a very young child learning to write numbers and thinking that it was the coolest one.

Favorite Math Joke: A statistician almost drowned while attempting to cross a river. By his calculations it was three feet deep on average.

In five years, I will be: A better chess player!

I love Mathnasium because: It's a great environment that illustrates how fascinating (and useful) mathematics is. Helping others uncover some of the mysteries of math is extremely rewarding.

Travis Nielsen, Instructor 

I love math and music. Jazz and math rock are my favorite genres of music. Topology and Optimization were especially interesting while I earned my math degree.

Favorite Number: 5/4. It’s a really special music signature that many jazz standards are based off of.

Favorite Math Joke: Negative.

In five years, I will be: Helping math become understandable to a new generation in my classroom and at Mathnasium.

I love Mathnasium because: Mathnasium brings students to central location to focus on math. This gets them out of their comfort zone and helps them build motivation both in success, but also in during their rough times.