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:
Jay Hasek, Director/Owner
Jay earned his Bachelor's Degree from Penn State University in Mechanical Engineering in 2006. He worked in manufacturing for a major consumer products company before joining up with Mathnasium in 2012. Throughout school Jay enjoyed tutoring others and seeing the transformation from "confusion to understanding." Once Jay learned about the Mathnasium Method, he realized it would be a powerful tool to helping children improve their math skills wherever they were in their mathematical development. "The beauty of the Mathnasium Method is that it can be applied to a child who comes in and is having major difficulty in adding fractions, or a child who is at the top of their class and is looking to take their math skills to the next level."
"Often when tutoring students in math I noticed it was not the new concepts the students were struggling with. Many times it was the prerequisite knowledge required to finish the problem. The cornerstone to the Mathnasium system is starting with an assessment in order to gain understanding on which skills are mastered, and which have not yet been mastered. It is at this point we know our starting point and can begin the journey ahead."
Kristina Miller, Director
Kristina earned her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Elizabethtown College in 2013 and is pursuing her Masters in Education. Working at Mathnasium is a very rewarding job and she enjoys helping the students and sharing her love of math. Her favorite math subjects include calculus and algebra. In her spare time she enjoys reading and playing the piano.
Sanjana Chadive, Instructor
Sanjana is a junior attending Garnet Valley High School. She has taken Algebra II/Trigonometry, Precalculus, and AP Statistics. Sanjana used to come to Mathnasium as a student, so she was thrilled to return as an instructor! In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and playing the flute.
Christopher Fisher, Lead Instructor
Christopher is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. His curriculum included 24 credit hours of advanced math, including Calculus, Differential Equations and Advanced Engineering Mathematics. Christopher was a teaching assistant during his two years of graduate studies and works in the composite materials industry. A father of three, Christopher has many years experience as a volunteer mentor and coach in the North Wilmington youth sports programs. His hobbies include sports photography, classic car repair and home building projects.
George Grandel, Instructor
George earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware in 1973. Until recently, he worked for an international software vendor developing compilers, including writing the microcode for mathematical computations. George's primary hobbies are playing with grandchildren, leading a cub scout den, teaching children at church, and now learning jazz clarinet.
Elandya Howell, Instructor
Elandya is a graduate West Chester University with a Bachelor of Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry. She has taken college level Algebra, Calculus, and Calculus 2. She works at the PA Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory. She has been a volunteer teacher’s assistant for a private school in Wilmington on her free time for the past ten years. As a teacher’s assistant, she helped teach and tutor students from Kindergarten to eighth grade in all subjects, including math. Elandya’s passion is to help children enjoy learning math while performing their very best in math.
Beverly Lewis, Instructor
Beverly worked with grades 6,7, and 8 for Southeast Delco School District;teaching algebra, pre-algebra, and general mathematics. Her Bachelor of Science degree minor in mathematics is from Millersville University and her Master of Education degree is from Widener. After retirement from the public sector, Beverly missed teaching and the student contact. She has now found these at Mathnasium along with an excellent curriculum.
Bindiya Patel, Instructor
Bindiya is a junior at Garnet Valley High School who has taken Algebra II/Trig, Precalculus, and is going to take AP Calculus BC in the upcoming year and AP Statistics and Multi-Variable Calculus her senior year. Her math skills were advanced greatly from when she was a student at Mathnasium from 2015-2018. She is now returning to become an instructor to help students improve their own math skills.
Angelia Shen, Instructor
Angelia is a junior at Unionville High School who has taken Algebra II/Trig, Precalculus, and AP Statistics, and is currently taking AP Calculus AB. She has volunteered as a teacher’s assistant at Huaxia Chinese School for the past two years and hopes to help students improve their math skills.
James Spamer, Instructor
James has a BS in Mathematics from Towson University, and a MA in Mathematics from Morgan State University. He holds certificates in both Math and Reading for the State of Delaware. He has 30+ years of teaching experience at the secondary and collegiate levels, which included subjects from remedial Math to Calculus. His interests are movies, music, and sports, especially Lacrosse.