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:
Matt Heineck, Center Director
Matt is a veteran teacher from Virginia with a passion for math and teaching, alike. From humble beginnings in remedial math classes, himself, he fell in love with the field of education while he was attending community college and working as a peer tutor.
Favorite Number: 2112.
Favorite Math Joke:
"Son: Dad, I'm cold!
Dad: Go stand in the corner.
Son: But, Dad! Why?!
Dad: Because the corner is 90 degrees."
Interesting Fact: On the weekends, I put on viking costumes and fight my friends with swords!
Cassie Womack, Lead Instructor
I am 7th grade math teacher by day and a lead instructor here at our wonderful Mathnasium center by night! I attended University of California-Riverside and received a B.S. in Math for Teaching Secondary School. I am a mother to the most wonderful son and enjoy spending my time off exploring with him.
Favorite Number: 222 (the time my son was born 2:22pm)
Favorite Math Joke: Why can you never trust a math teacher holding graphing paper? They must be plotting something.
Interesting Fact: I was born and raised in Southern California and this is the first time I’ve moved away!
Philip Robilotto, Lead Instructor
Philip Robilotto graduated from Franklin and Marshall with a BA in mathematics in August of 2019. He wrestled D1 for the Diplomats during his time in college as well. He has experience tutoring throughout high school and college as well as a background coaching under privileged youth through a wrestling program called Beat the Streets. He is excited to continue teaching and helping students improve their math skills.
Favorite Number: Philip's favorite number is 23, because that was his first sports jersey number when he played soccer as a kid. He used the number throughout his youth sports careers.
Favorite Math Joke: There are two kinds of statisticians:
1) Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.
Interesting Fact: Euler's identity, which is: eiπ+1=0, activates the same part of the brain in mathematicians, as seeing a beautiful work of art does.
Jayma Kessing, Instructor
Jayma has 12 years teaching experience working with students from 3 to 68 years old. She has always loved Math and sees many things in terms of equations, graphs, and patterns in her mind. She enjoys translating information and is passionate about finding the connection that works for each student to achieve understanding. She's excited about the Mathnasium method because it encourages the students to develop their "math brain" which then helps develolp problem solving skills that will help them in all aspects of learning and life's projects. In her free time Jayma enjoys painting in an abstract impressionistic style, crafting, travel, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Kristen Ellis, Instructor
Kristen Ellis started geeking out on math at a young age and went on to major in mathematics in college. She has been a math educator for over 2.5 decades, teaching kids, teaching teachers, writing curriculum, running math clubs, and generally spreading math joy everywhere she goes.
Favorite Number: 24 (a beautifully composite abundant number)
Favorite Math Joke: Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 “8” 9. (classic nerdy math joke)
Interesting Fact: Kristen ran in a Pi Race, which was 3.1415 miles on 03/14/15. She did not win the race, but won a chocolate pie for reciting the most digits of pi (over 100) in a fierce competition among many other mathletes.
Neha Katanguri, Instructor
I am a senior at Glenelg High School and have experience working with students in elementary, middle, and high school. I became interested in math when I understood the fundamentals of algebra, and saw the connection between math and other fields, like science. I am also outgoing, positive, and like to think I am funny.
Favorite Number: 9
Favorite Math Joke: Why was the equal sign so humble? Because it knew it wasn’t greater than or less than anyone else.
Interesting Fact: I love playing volleyball and hope to travel to every continent (except Antartica!)
Karen Murtaugh, Instructor
I recently graduated from Frostburg with a degree in Marketing. I worked as a learning assistant and student instructor for College Algebra and Developmental Mathematics. UP! Is my favorite movie.
Favorite Number: 15
Favorite math joke:
“What do you call two friends who like math?”
Interesting Fact: I’ve never lost Cup Pong on iMessage!
Will Irwin, Instructor
My name is Will Irwin! I love baseball and aspire to play for a division one college as a pitcher. I enjoy helping others and teaching people how to do things. I am very confident in my work and consider myself a responsible role model.
Favorite Number: 15
Favorite Math Joke: Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9!
Interesting Fact: I have never gotten a “B” in math!
James Lynch, Instructor
Khang Le, Instructor
Henri Le, Instructor
We are always looking for fabulous Math Instructors who love working with kids!