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.

Charles Wilson

Lead Instructor
Charles, a graduate of Fenwick High School, is currently an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing his Bachelor’s in Applied Sciences of Chemical Engineering. Charles has always shown strong interests in science and math, which he credits to his lively teachers, professors, scholarly mentors, and friends. He has always enjoyed learning and explaining math, chemistry, and physics in casual settings between others and himself. Experience as a HighSight scholar who scored 30-32 composite ACT scores, a student amongst confused collegiate peers, and an older brother to an 11 year old sister has shown him first hand the difference an involved collaborator outside the classroom can make. Charles is enthusiastic to bring his style of that change to the OPRF Mathnasium team. Fun Fact: Charles has sung in multiple performances of the Nutcracker with the Joffrey Ballet!

Matthew Pakulski

Lead Instructor
Matt is at the midpoint of a career centered on music, but his first academic love was math - so when he found himself with some time on his hands, he doubled the foci and made an ellipse of his career by joining Mathnasium as an instructor. With his record label FPE Records ("For Practically Everyone"), and during his time in the music recommendations technology industry, he has worked to make it easier for people to connect with music by de-mystifying it and fighting elitism in music appreciation. Matt supports Mathnasium's mission to "help kids learn math in a way that makes sense to them," and he enjoys breaking down barriers in a new arena! Fun Fact: Matt can count to Mathnasium's favorite number, 10, in Amharic, the language spoken in the capital of Ethiopia!

Brian White

@Home Lead Instructor
Brian is an Oak Park River Forest High School graduate and is currently working on courses in Computer Science at Triton College. His winding road so far has included time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and work in the real estate title insurance industry. Brian has completed Calculus 1, 2, and 3 at the college level. More recently he has also finished Differential Equations. He looks forward to helping students learn math while having fun. When not working, he can be found playing a variety of board games with several groups in the city. Fun Fact: Brian's favorite board game is Civilization, which usually take 12 hours to play!

Matt Pilditch

Instructor
Matt resides in Oak Park with his wife and three children. Formally trained in medicine, he currently works part-time in Family Practice in Lisle. This has freed up his schedule to pursue one of his other passions, education. The son of a teacher and grade-school/high-school principal, Matt is building on experience he has gained teaching patients, medical students, and fellow church members. Matt is looking forward to "Math Instructor" being another successful teaching experience! Fun Fact: Matt is an avid gardener and loves the outdoors, especially camping with his family!

Carina Scholtens

Instructor
Carina is a junior at Oak Park and River Forest High School, and enjoys music and math! She has taken honors Geometry, Advanced Algebra I and II, and is currently taking Pre-Calculus. She is looking forward to next year when she will be taking AP Calculus AB and AP Statistics! Along with math, she has a passion for the STEM field and Chemistry! She enjoys math because it's very satisfying when you solve a problem, and loves watching others finally get the concepts that they've been struggling with! In her free time, Carina loves to play piano and sing! Fun Fact: Carina has been speaking German since kindergarten!

Alyssa Mandell

Instructor
Alyssa is currently a senior at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is getting her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She was a former instructor at Mathnasium and is rejoining the team for this year! Currently, Alyssa also works with children on the autism spectrum in applied behavior analysis as a behavior technician. She has always loved working with children and having the opportunity to teach math has been an added bonus. Alyssa enjoys helping students understand the mathematics concepts they are working with, utilizing creative and flexible methods to keep them engaged and looking forward to learning, as well as is very interested in connecting with her students on a personal level. Having the ability to be in this role again is very exciting for her! Fun Fact: Alyssa enjoys looking at restaurant menus in her free time!

Alex Yu

Instructor
Alex is a senior at OPRF. He has taken geometry, Algebra II, precalculus, Calculus BC, and is taking Calculus III and Linear Algebra this year. Alex finds math interesting and hopes to major in Computer Science and Physics in university. He enjoys helping others with math, and the sense of accomplishment they get from that. Outside of math, Alex has wrestled, plays the piano, and competes in the Science Olympiad. Fun Fact: Alex speaks fluent Chinese!

Isis Mejia

Instructor
Isis is a junior at Plainfield South High School. She has taken Algebra and Geometry and is currently enrolled in Precalculus. Isis has always loved and enjoyed math and believes that math can be fun! She has experience working with children of many different ages and loves spending her time learning from them and their creative outlook on many different topics. She is very excited to work with students and cannot wait to help them expand in their knowledge, as well as help them become more confident in themselves. At school, Isis is on the varsity dance team and is a part of the Plainfield South Leadership Corp. Fun Fact: Isis' favorite color is yellow!

Juan Delgado

Instructor
Juan is a Morton East High School graduate and is currently attending classes at Morton College. Juan has studied Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus. He plans to transfer to a 4-year university by the fall semester. He strives to become a math teacher one day and is not stopping until he reaches his goal! Outside of math, Juan loves to ride his bike, attend music festivals, and spend time with friends and family. He enjoys watching sports, but most importantly he loves eating out! Fun Fact: Juan loves watching the NBA and his favorite player is Lebron James!

David Snyder

Instructor
David is a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor where he studied mechanical engineering and physics. David's love for STEM started with his Lego robotics team in middle school. He then did Vex robotics in high school and went to the world championships twice! He also plays the drums and loves rock, metal, and swing music. David uses math every day, and thinks that mental math makes everything in life easier. David loved helping his classmates and friends with calculus, chemistry, and physics, and hopes he can help students at Mathnasium too. Fun Fact: David collects Runik's cube puzzles and can solve a 7-layer Rubik's cube!

Cory Yu

Instructor
Cory is a senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School. He previously took AP Calculus BC and Linear Algebra A and is currently taking AP Statistics and AP Computer Science A. Cory finds math interesting because of how there are always unique ways to approach and solve problems, as well as the fact that much of the world is based upon math. The connections between math and music are especially interesting to him, as there's a lot of similarities between the two despite their outward differences. Cory plans to study economics in college in order to apply math to the real world. Cory is also a part of the math team at OPRF and likes to play the piano in his free time. Fun Fact: Cory can solve a Rubik's Cube in about 23 seconds!

Quentin Wei-Henrys

Instructor
Quentin is a junior at Oak Park and River Forest High school. Currently taking AP Calculus AB, he has taken Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus, which he took at Triton College over the summer. He loves math not only because of the satisfaction that comes from solving a problem, but also because of the many creative ways to solve a single problem. He can't wait to helps others enjoy math as much as he does. Outside of school, Quentin enjoys playing on OPRF's hockey team, attending OPRF's Business Club, playing the trumpet, and being a student coach for the Chicago Hornets sled hockey team. Fun Fact: Quentin is a movie buff and enjoys watching movies in his free time!

Eileen Weger

Instructor
Eileen is a senior at Trinity High School in River Forest. Eileen has taken advanced math since 8th grade, and loves the challenge that math brings. Eileen hopes to continue her love for math and science in college where she intends to study chemical engineering. Eileen enjoys math because each problem is like a puzzle. Eileen enjoys playing volleyball for her high school and travel team, and has been playing for 10 years. She loves tutoring kids to help them find the same love for math that she has. Fun Fact: Eileen's favorite food is ice cream!

Paisley Templeton

Instructor
Paisley is currently a sophomore at Oak Park and River Forest High School. She is taking Pre Calculus and is excited to take AP Calculus AB/BC her junior year (2022-23). As a student who received tutoring at Mathnasium in middle school, Mathnasium has helped her gain confidence not only with math, but also with other activities. She loves how math has many applications and is relevant to her everyday life. Her favorite subjects in school are French, history, and, of course, math. Fun Fact: In her free time, Paisley sings, practices piano and guitar, travels, and takes karate classes!

Kate Sturgeon

Instructor
Kate is a junior at Oak Park and River Forest High School. She has taken Geometry, Algebra, and Pre-Calc and is currently finishing Calc AB/BC. Kate loves solving difficult problems and breaking them down into simpler steps for others. Kate is in the percussion section of the OPRF marching band and competes nationally in equestrian horseback riding. She also has a horse named Lucy! In her free time, Kate likes to hang out with friends and volunteer at the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Fun Fact: Kate has a giant, purple narwhal squishmallow!

Aidan Groendaal

Instructor
Aidan is currently a senior at Oak Park and River Forest High school. Aidan has just completed AP calculus and is now taking AP statistics. He enjoys math and helping kids find the fun in it! He hopes to find a career in science, specifically physics, in the future. Aidan plays guitar and tennis at his high school. He volunteers around the community and hopes to continue this work. Fun Fact: Aidan is a Canadian citizen!

Nzube Nwafo

Instructor
Nzube is a senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Currently, he takes Linear Algebra A but has also taken AP Calculus AB/BC, Precalculus A, and Advanced Algebra A. He loves Math, and it has always been his favorite subject in school. He enjoys math so much because of the ‘Ah-ha’ moment that happens when a concept clicks. Nzube also loves soccer, has played on the school soccer team and plays in his free time. Nzube believes that math is not only fun but very important and useful for everyone. Fun Fact: Nzube and the rest of his family can speak Igbo, a language from Nigeria!

Bianca Turner

Instructor
Bianca is an incoming junior at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Bianca is on the honors track and has taken Geometry A and Intermediate Algebra A, she is excited to take College Algebra and Trigonometry this year. Bianca has always loved math and other challenging subjects like History and Chemistry. She is an avid participator in their school's History Club and attended an intensive Chemistry scholars research program at the Illinois Institute of Technology over the summer, where she researched energy storage technologies (specifically Li-S batteries). Bianca loves kids and especially loves explaining or breaking down complex concepts/problems. Bianca enjoys learning random facts about almost any subject, can play the piano, is learning Hebrew, volunteers at Beyond Hunger Food Pantry, and writes/draws/publishes her own comic books and sells them at the local comic book store (One Stop Comics) and through her art account online. Fun Fact: Bianca collects old figurines and beanie babies.

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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