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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!


Alexis Anderson, Lead Instructor

Daughter of an educator, Alexis has always had a desire to help student learn about math, and make it make sense. She is attending San Diego State University and a Graduate Business student.

Favorite Number: 8 - In 2nd grade, I thought I failed a test, and randomly wrote an 8 on the back of it. I ended up recieving an A.

In five years, I will be: Owning my own Mathnasium.

I love Mathnasium because: It not only builds math skills, but also builds confidence.


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.


Kellie Formanek, Lead Instructor

I am currently a senior at Patrick Henry High School. I've always had a love for math and teaching, so I am glad that I am able to help younger students see that math can be fun. I enjoy playing the cello in my school orchestra and quartet.

Favorite Number:  28- I was born on December 28th in room 28 at 11:28 pm.

Favorite Math Joke: Are monsters good at math? Not unless you Count Dracula!

In five years, I will be: Just graduated from college and hopefully beginning a career in computer science.

I love Mathnasium because: I can make a positive impact on a student's relationship with math.


Adrian Carretero, Instructor

I'm a high school graduate taking a gap year before going to MIT in the fall of 2020. I'm interested in all things biology and have a collection of over 300 pinned insects! I also fence foil and sabre and plan to start competing soon.

Favorite Number:  42 - Because I never forget to bring a towel.

Favorite Math Joke: Newton: I've invented calculus! Leibniz: Sounds a bit... *derivative.*

In five years, I will be: Graduating from college and looking into going to grad school.

I love Mathnasium because: Mathnasium encourages students to understand math concepts on an intuitive level, not just by memorizing algorithms.


Alex Cagle, Instructor

I love music. My favorite album of all time is Billy Joel’s “The Stranger.”

Favorite Number: 14233221 because it says itself.

Favorite Math Joke: Write the expression for the volume of a Chicago-style pizza with height "a" and radius "z.”

In five years, I will be: A college graduate!

I love Mathnasium because: I love giving others the satisfaction of figuring out how to solve difficult problems on their own.


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.


Emily Nguyen, Instructor

 


Garett Davis, Instructor

As the only high schooler instructor right now, I’m the baby on the team. But, I’m taking a college level math class and my skills are just as sharp as the rest. As for other things about me: I run varsity Cross Country and Track, am the VP of my school Academic League, and I’m a member of the Model United Nations and Robotics club (basically, I’m a nerd who runs).

Favorite Number:  487 (or any combination of the 3 numbers). I’m convinced the way you write this number tells a lot about who you are.

Favorite Math Joke: *Only works when spoken out loud* A farmer has thirty cows, twentyeight chickens. How many didn’t? 10

In five years, I will be: Hopefully graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Mechanical Engineering

I love Mathnasium because: Mathnasium is a place where students can further learn and sharpen their skills on one of the fundamental tools of life. Mathnasium promotes a healthy learning environment that works well for students and instructors alike.


 

Joshua Carrington, 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.


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 its 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.r

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


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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!


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.


Richard Aubert IV, Instructor

I am a freshman studying Electrical Engineering at SDSU. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and have a younger sister and brother back home whom I miss very much. In high school, I spent half of my time playing the Saxophone in the marching band and jazz band, and the other half was spent playing Basketball. With a degree in electrical engineering, I hope to improve on our use of solar panels and other alternate energy sources.

Favorite Number: 32, Because that was my basketball jersey number throughout high school.

Favorite Math Joke: Why do mathematicians like parks? Because of all the natural logs.

In five years, I will be: Drowning in student loans!

I love Mathnasium because: The knowledge I myself have gained from being exposed to different ways of looking at numbers, and every day I wish I was enrolled in the program when I was beginning to learn math!


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.  


Trevor Chubb, Instructor