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.

Thomas Fleming

Assistant Center Director
Thomas is originally from Memphis, TN, earning a Master's in Mathematics from the University of Memphis. He moved to Chicago last year so his partner could pursue a degree in Medicine at UIC. Thomas also teaches classes at Wilbur Wright College ranging from College Algebra to Calculus III. During his degree, Thomas conducted research in the area of 'Extremal Combinatorics', something which he continues to do in his free time today. Thomas looks forward to getting to know the Oak Park community as Assistant Center Director! Fun Fact: Thomas loves to cycle to work, often riding more than 100 miles in a week.

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!

Maximo

Lead Instructor

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!

Charles Wilson

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

Porter Jingst

Instructor
Porter is a Junior at Oak Park River Forest High School. He is currently taking Calculus AB/BC and has taken Pre-Calc A, Advanced Algebra A, Geometry. He loves math, and credits it to his favorite teacher in elementary school fostering his love, and the Percy Julian Middle School Math Team for showing him how fun the intricacies of math can be to solve. His interest in education was sparked during quarantine, when he helped to tutor his friend who was trouble understanding online classes. He also has a passion for music. He played piano and percussion, but performance is currently on the back burner for him so he can focus on his other interests. In his free time, he loves spending time playing video games with his friends and listening to music. He is excited for this opportunity to explore both math and education and is ready to bring what he has to Mathnasium. Fun fact: He is taking his third year of Japanese at OPRF High School

Hayden Jignst

Instructor
Hayden is a junior at OPRF High School. His favorite subject is math, but he loves the STEM field in general. He's looking forward to starting Calculus AB/BC this year, as well as AP Music Theory. His favorite hobbies are Dungeons & Dragons and rock climbing, but he's always open to trying new things and getting to learn something new. He's also a member of his school's math team, which he's done every year since 6th grade. Hayden has been playing the piano for 12 years, and been to multiple piano camps, so he's no stranger to lots of practicing. He's excited to work at Mathnasium because math is not just one of the most important things subjects, but also the most beautiful, and he wants to share that beauty with the next generation of mathematicians. Fun fact: Hayden's favorite composer to play on the piano is Chopin!

Eliza Russel

William Yu

Instructor

Kevin Cortez

Instructor
Kevin is a senior in the class of 2023 at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Currently in AP Statistics, he has taken Algebra II, College Algebra & Trigonometry, and AP Calculus AB. He has had previous experience working with kids, umpiring 6-13 year olds in both baseball and softball in Oak Park. With math being one of his favorite subjects, he really loves the process of working through and completing difficult problems and is excited to help kids realize math can be fun! In his free time, Kevin loves to research and discuss politics, work out, and golf with friends. He is also the captain of the golf team and starts at shortstop for the baseball team at OPRF. Fun fact: Kevin's favorite breakfast meal is steak and eggs!

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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