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:
Betsy Rodgers, Center Director
Betsy is the Center Director at Mathnasium of Ortega. Prior to opening her Mathnasium center, Betsy worked as an Elementary teacher in the Duval County School System. She has an MBA from Jacksonville University and a BA in Elementary Education from Grove City College. Having struggled with math as a child, Betsy is enthusiastic about helping every child in the Jacksonville community to truly understand math by teaching it in the way that makes sense to them. Married with 3 children and 9 grandchildren and an avid Football and Hockey fan....Go Steelers and Penguins!
Kristine Fernandez, Center Director
Kristine is a Navy wife with a blended family of 4 kids ranging in ages from 3-19. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from USF (Go Bulls) and over 15 years of experience in engineering but has taken a sabbatical to open Mathnasium of Ortega with her mother (Betsy Rodgers). Kristine believes that a good education allows students to achieve their maximum potential in life. She has taught and tutored children of all ages, and she is committed to bringing the Mathnasium Method to the children in the community.
Tonja Henze, Assistant Center Director
Tonja has recently relocated to Jacksonville after being born and raised in Illinois. She retired after 30 years of working for the University of Illinois. She has been a substitute teacher, a 4-H leader, and a Girl Scout Leader. Tonja has lots of pets and likes to do crafts at home. She believes that math can be fun like solving a mystery and wants to help others to become math detectives too!
Hector Gonzalez, Lead Instructor
Having grown up in and around the Young Marines program, Hector was raised with a military mentality and core values of honor, courage, commitment, loyalty, respect, and discipline. For many years, math came naturally to Hector as a second language. All through school he would help bridge the gap between teachers and students in terms of understanding material taught and questions needing to be asked. The Mathnasium way of teaching closes the very same gap and then some. He believes that Math should not be made more difficult than necessary. The simplicities are there to enjoy, why not dive in variable first? He is currently working torwards a degree in Accounting. We are excited to have him as a part of our Ortega team!
William Watson, Lead Instructor
Will is a currently a high school senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA). A Texan at heart, Will moved to Jacksonville in August of 2016. He is a member of DA’s Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and loves mathematics and engaged learning. Will has taken classes ranging from Algebra to Calculus based on Analytical Geometry at FSCJ, and he tutors in a variety of STEM classes at the high school level. Outside of the classroom Will enjoys playing piano for DA’s Jaxx Ensemble I and Wind Symphony; with them he has performed across the nation at conferences like the FMEA conference in Tampa, FL and the Midwest Conference in Chicago. He’s also an avid artist and lego-builder. Will enjoys just being a kid most of all.
Miranda Whiteman, Instructor
Miranda is a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Her art area is instrumental music and she plays oboe and tenor saxophone. She’s been passionately involved in music for six years. She is the oboe section leader in the DA Wind Symphony and also plays with Jazz Ensemble I. These DA ensembles are nationally recognized and have won many prestigious awards. In addition to the music programs at school, she is also the principal oboist of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2015, she performed with a trio in the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Youth Competition and won third place. After graduation, she plans to pursue a music degree and hopes to play professionally. When she’s not playing music, she loves to volunteer with the Jacksonville Humane Society. She loves animals and enjoys playing with her 3 dogs and 2 cats. Miranda is also a member of the National Honor Society. As part of her NHS requirements, she has gained tutoring experience at school and enjoys helping her classmates in various subject areas, especially math. Miranda has gained a confidence in math under the instruction of an excellent math teacher at her school and strives to share that experience with others.
Evan Wilson, Instructor
Evan received his GED when he turned 18. He then enrolled in FSCJ and received an A.A. in Mathematics with Honors. With that he got accepted into many universities and ended up attending FSU. Evan transferred to UNF in order to gain a research position. He is now an Applied Physics Major (doubling Math Major) working as a Research Assistant in the AstroPhysics Department where he is currently doing research in Dirac Matter and Gamma Ray Spectroscopy. Evan was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He has played in many local bands, toured, and still plays guitar some (his school schedule doesn’t permit much these days). Evan dreams of working in Quantum Electrodynamics
Caroline Guiler, Instructor
Caroline is a junior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. At DASOTA, her arts areas are Technical Theatre and Vocal studies. When Caroline was younger, she was a Mathnasium student. She wanted to excel in math and become an instructor at Mathnasium. She is proud to say that she has fulfilled her goal. Caroline has completed several advanced level math classes, including AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics, and is excited to take Calculus 3 during her junior year. At school, Caroline is part of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta(Math Honor Society), Thespians Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Outside of school, she loves to swim with North Florida Swimming. She hopes to help students understand and love math.