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.

Melanie Woods

Assistant Center Director
Melanie has a strong STEM background with degrees in computer science and physics along with 10 years of software development experience. This may seem an unusual outcome for someone who struggled with math in elementary school. That changed with the encouragement of a 7th grade math teacher who made class fun. Math finally began to make sense! This experience has motivated her to help others develop a good attitude toward math and problem solving in general. She believes that with patience and positive feedback anyone can gain a better understanding of math. Melanie has two college-aged daughters currently pursuing degrees in science and engineering. Favorite Number: 2 Favorite Math Joke: How many monsters are good at math? None unless you Count Dracula! In five years, I will be: Done paying for my daughters' college education. I love Mathnasium because: It feels good to help a child understand a confusing math concept. Fun Fact: I sailed across the Atlantic Ocean as a crew member on a 44 foot sloop!

Nathan Digweed

Nathan Digweed is a graduate from Illinois Institute of Technology, where he earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in physics. From a very young age, he has shown a passion for learning math and science, and that passion grew into a love for teaching others mathematical and physics related concepts. Having been homeschooled up through high school, he understands that patience and adding fun to learning can go a long way in helping a student's potential be realized. In his spare time he enjoys playing piano and composing music. Favorite Number: 88 Favorite Math Joke: Why did a couple of sailors run around in a circle? They were 2 pi-rates! In five years, I will be: A video game designer I love Mathnasium because: Teaching and learning math can be challenging and fun Fun Fact: I was homeschooled until my senior year of High School, and I play music in my spare time.

Aaron Minh

Aaron Minh was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He will always root for the Chicago Cubs. Aaron graduated with a B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is also a recent graduate of the University of Florida's ProTeach program with a Master's in Education in Secondary Science Education. From a young age, he has always been interested in math and science. In school, and at home, he has always been the go-to guy for friends and family who needed help in math. As an instructor at Mathnasium, he hopes students will develop problem solving skills that will help them throughout their entire educational careers. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting theme parks and riding all the roller coasters in the world (100+ and counting!) Favorite Number: 42 Favorite Math Joke: Two random variables were talking in a restaurant. They thought they were being discrete but I heard their chatter continuously. In five years, I would have : designed the world’s craziest roller coaster ride I love Mathnasium because: As an instructor, you are still always learning new math tips and tricks. And, it’s always great to see the look on kids’ faces when they start to see how math makes sense! Fun Fact: I once was on the gameshow “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?"

Aditya Raje

My name is Aditya Raje and I am currently a senior at Metea Valley High School. I have always loved math from a young age, which is what has inspired me to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Apart from education, I am one of the captains of the Metea Valley Math Team and play varsity Ultimate Frisbee. I hope to inspire a passion for learning within each of the wonderful students I work with here at Mathnasium! Favorite Number: 1 Favorite Math Joke: How do you solve any equation? Multiply both sides by zero In five years, I will be: A college graduate with a degree in aerospace engineering I love Mathnasium because: I love walking into the center and seeing students excited to do math. Fun Fact: I play Ultimate Frisbee for my school.

Sarayu Suresh

My name is Sarayu Suresh. I am a junior at Naperville Central. I write for my school newspaper, Central Times, and am a member of Business Professional of America. In my free time I like to paint, and take photos. I’m not sure exactly what I want to do in the future, but it will probably include engineering of some kind. Favorite Number: 51 Favorite math joke: If you’re cold, go to the corner of the room. It’s 90 degrees there! In five years, I will be: a senior in college for computer engineering. I love Mathnasium because: I get to help students learn about a subject I’m passionate about Fun Fact: My favorite ice cream flavor is oreo ice cream.

Joshua Killacky

Hello, I am Josh. I have two older brothers and two dogs. I am a senior at Neuqua Valley High School. At Neuqua, I participate in wrestling, lacrosse, and a student leadership program. In my free time I enjoy playing golf and drumming. My plans for the future are to study engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and get a career out in Colorado where I can ski, mountain bike, and hike often. Favorite Number: 13 Favorite Math Joke: Because 7 8 9. In five years, I will be: I will be working as an engineer in Colorado and skiing in my free time I love Mathnasium because: it is a positive place to learn and enjoy math Fun Fact: I love to ski!

Aditi Venkatesh

Hi, I'm Aditi, a senior at Metea Valley High School, and I'm planning on double majoring in both Electrical Engineering and Music Composition next year. I'm involved in my school's math team, where I'm one of the captains. Outside of school, I'm very involved with music, playing both the violin and piano, singing, and composing in my free time. Math has always been one of my favorite subjects, and I also hold a great passion for teaching, so I'm delighted to be able to have the opportunity to work with everyone here. Favorite Number: 79 Favorite Math Joke: Do you see that circle over there? He’s really smart. He has 360 degrees. In five years, I will : have my degree in Engineering I love Mathnasium because: All the kids are so excited to learn math, it makes me grateful to have an opportunity to teach them. Mathnasium has a really great and positive environment. Fun Fact: I started studying music when I was 4!

Scott Mei

Hi, I'm Scott, and I am currently a junior at Metea Valley High School. Outside of school, I perform with the Naperville Youth Symphony Orchestra. Math is one of my favorite subjects, and teaching it to others and watching them understand concepts is one of the most rewarding things I have done. Favorite Number: 14 Favorite Math Joke: Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9. In five years, I will be: working as a computer scientist. I love Mathnasium because: it's a fun environment and allows me to teach my favorite subject to others. Fun Fact: Crocodiles can't stick out their tongues.

Paul Eldridge

I am 20 years old and currently a student at College of Dupage, studying meteorology. I learned french in highschool and have been speaking fluently for a few years. Outside of school I enjoy hanging out with friends to watch baseball and basketball ! Favorite number: 8 Favorite math joke: What do you call a number that cant sit still? A roamin' numeral. In five years I will be: Out of school pursuing my career. I love mathnasium because: It feels good to see students finally understand a topic. Fun fact: I have perfect pitch.

Elijah Hill

Hello! My name is Elijah, and I'm a senior in high school. I plan on studying Mechanical Engineering in college next fall. Throughout high school I have participated in many science-y activities including Science Olympiad, math team, and robotics. I love learning about the math that underlines these various areas of science! Outside of my academics, I enjoy playing piano and tennis. Favorite Number: 36 Favorite Math Joke: What's non-orientable and lives in the sea? Mobius Dick! In five years, I will be : A newly graduated engineering building airplanes! I love Mathnasium because: I get to share my love of math with other students! Some amazing teachers have shown me how fascinating numbers can be; at Mathnasium I can be that teacher. Fun Fact: I love to play classical piano!

Adithya Taire

Adithya Taire is a senior at Neuqua Valley High School. In addition to Mathnasium, he is the section leader of the Marching Flutes and the captain of the Varsity Scholastic Bowl Team. He enjoys doing math, especially calculus, and helping out his classmates. Favorite Number: Graham's Number Favorite Math Joke: What do you call a knight who does math? Sir Cumference. In five years, I will be : Either working as a materials scientist or getting my master’s in polymer science I love Mathnasium because: I like math and I like teaching. Putting them together is perfect Fun Fact: I can play over 15 instruments

Tejas Shetty

Hi, my name is Tejas, and I am currently a junior at Metea Valley High School. Outside of school, I am involved with numerous clubs, most notably in Robotics and History Bowl. Math is one of my most favorite subjects, and, as my mathematical knowledge advances, I am very interested in the various nuances of math. Teaching and tutoring math is an incredibly rewarding experience for me. Favorite Number: 55 Favorite Math Joke: Why was math class so long? The teacher kept going off on a tangent. In five years, I will be : Studying for the MCAT I love Mathnasium because: It is really nice to help the students and see them start to understand and grow - through "Eureka" moments, in which they connect concepts and develop their understanding of math. Fun Fact: Apart from Math, I am also interested in History, and have won a couple of history competitions.

Lauren Novak

My mathnasium journey started fairly recently ! I will be helping Mrs. Pai so she can get more things done by focusing on things I like doing . A pretty good exchange I think ! You'll see me around making the fun calendar happen and also trying to get everyone more involved in the fun of mathnasium. When I am not at work you can find me hanging out with my dog or painting with my friends. I also enjoy relaxing and watching movies when I have time! Thank you all for being so welcoming. I look forward to meeting everyone ! Lauren Novak Mar 10, 2022, 4:26 PM to Mathnasium Favorite number: 333 Favorite math joke: not all math jokes are awful.. just sum In five years I will be: a better person than I am today I love mathnasium because: I get to see the happiness on students' faces coming in here even though they are here to do math. They really do have a good time hanging out with instructors and feel good about themselves and their improved skills. Fun fact: kangaroos can not walk backwards

Harish Pai

Harish has an Electronics engineering degree from Mysore University, India and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern) with majors in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He is a seasoned IT professional with significant experience in the areas of IT consulting and Application Design. Math has always been a favorite subject of his since his childhood. During his engineering days he took it upon himself to coach/guide his fellow students especially in Math. He staunchly believes that developing a certain comfort level in Math will play a pivotal role in the future success of all children regardless of what path they choose. Harish eagerly looks forward to a fun and interesting Math experience for your child.

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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