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:
Divyata Griggs, Center Director
Divyata has a Masters degree in electrical engineering and is also a registered patent agent. After working at a startup specializing in IC design and power management, she went on to focus on intellectual property and has worked at IP firms in various roles of IP licensing and patent portfolio management, and for the past 8 years has worked at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Education has always been an important part of Divyata's life — her parents were both educators in India. Divyata developed a renewed passion for education after volunteering at her two boys' elementary school. She believes that math is a fundamental skill and is passionate about helping kids reach their potential while creating an environment that kids look forward to returning to time and again.
Kristine Kay, Assistant Center Director
Kristine’s 15 years in the education industry have solidified her belief that education is truly the key to opportunity. After receiving a teaching credential from Johns Hopkins University, Kristine taught Kindergarten through 7th grade students in a struggling school in Baltimore. She found that these students were driven to learn in order to improve their lives, and primarily needed a teacher to guide and encourage them to maintain their motivation. She then worked as Data Coordinator for Washington University, which showed her the aspects of high school and undergraduate education that make the largest impacts on students’ future prospects. Interested in developing her new love of data further, she pursued her PhD at University of California, Berkeley in political science, with an emphasis on statistics and methodology. While there, she overcame her fear of calculus and coding, eventually teaching undergraduate statistics and coordinating the statistics tutoring program for graduate students.
From classes of 150 undergraduates to one-on-one SAT tutoring, the guiding principle behind Kristine’s work is that everyone can learn math well if they are taught well. Many students are held back by the false belief that math is either understood immediately, or never. However, Kristine guides students towards realizing that with patience, dedication, and an empathetic tutor, they can achieve the grades, standardized test scores, and deep understanding of math they once thought impossible. Whether they want to fill in learning gaps, manage math anxiety, or challenge themselves beyond their schoolwork, students at Mathnasium are supported individually so that they can achieve their goals. Kristine and her team of instructors are dedicated to meeting students where they are and finding new ways to ignite their lifelong interest in math.