Mathnasium 4230 NE Fremont Street, #A, Portland OR 97213 (971) 420-2148

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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:

Owner/Center DirectorBruce Withycombe, Owner/Center Director

By owning a Mathnasium franchise, Bruce has come full circle back to the joy of mathematics and problem solving that lead him to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Lewis & Clark College. In addition to studying Math while in college, Bruce played Varsity Football, earned extra money as a Math Tutor and was involved with student politics. After graduation he studied Actuarial Science at Georgia State University and began a career in the Pension and Retirement Plans Industry, working with consulting firms and insurance companies in that capacity. An opportunity to work in healthcare consulting moved Bruce into the Health Services Industry, where he most recently worked with WebMD Health Services as National Account Manager. Outside of Mathnasium, Bruce has 3 school aged children, which keeps things very busy with school, music, and athletic events.

Bruce has spent many seasons as a youth basketball coach, and in his spare time works as a musician, playing in multiple bands in the Portland area including Ural Thomas & The Pain  ( , Jujuba (, the Goodfoot All-Stars and the WayDowns (  Bruce is a member of The Portland Horns, who have played with national touring acts such as The Decemberists, The Violent Femmes, Spoon, Bobby Bare Jr, The Next Waltz and many others.  His discography includes credits with Jujuba, Kathy Walker Band, The Decemberists, NRVS LVRS, Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons, Casey Neil & the Norway Rats, Point Juncture WA, Kory Quinn and a host of others.

Bruce is very excited to be opening mathematical doors using the Mathnasium method of developing number sense. He feels strongly that math skills are not only important from a technical standpoint, but also as a solid foundation of logic and problem solving skills that is not only relevant, but crucial to success in many disciplines.

Faith Yakovleva, Center Director

Faith graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Mathematics for Advanced Study. Faith started her career in education teaching backpacking in Tahoe. Prior to transferring to PSU, Faith attended Humboldt State University where she worked as a grader for the Mathematics Department and was elected Math Club President. There she organized and participated in many STEM Outreach events, helping connect her love of math with the community. Faith is a Russian immigrant and has also worked for the SOAR Trio program, which helps first-generation college students like herself to navigate college.

In her free time, Faith freelances in performance arts and marketing. Faith lives with her partner and their rescued Pit bull-Dalmation and bunnies. 

Faith's favorite part about Mathnasium is the ability to meet students where they are. When tutoring college aged students, she often found that they were struggling in math not because of a lack of understanding of the current concepts, but because of some missing skill years back. Helping students fill in learning-gaps helps them succeed!