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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:

Darlene Rodriguez, Assistant Center Director

Darlene, who holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from University of California, Riverside, was recently promoted from Lead Instructor to Assistant Center Director. She has worked as a tutor in various multi-subject programs, but loves focusing on math at Mathnasium. She enjoys seeing students learn, improve and become more comfortable with math! She specializes in high schol math.




Emily McKee, Instructor

Emily is a full-time teacher at a local high school who enjoys working at Mathnasium in her spare time. Emily, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Math degree from Arizona State University, has "done math" for fun since she was very small and still factors and writes programs for her own amusement. She'd also like to write books someday, if she ever gets past the stage where she is embarrassed by her own work. Her passion, though, is teaching. And reading! If you ever need a book recommendation, she's your best bet.

Mary Havard, Instructor

Mary is a retired math teacher with 28 years of teaching experience in the Downey Unified School DIstrict in L.A. County. She taught all subjects at the elementary level for 21 years and middle school science for 7 years. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach and a Master's degree in education for Azusa Pacific University. In addition, she holds a current Multiple Subject Teaching credential. After retiring and moving to Palm Desert, she missed interacting with students and teching to accommodate their learning levels.

She says, "I love working with the students at Mathnasium and watching how the Mathnasium Program ensures the success of each student in Math." 



Arlene Fair, Instructor

Arlene, who teaches geometry at a local high school, enjoys working with students of all ages at Mathnasium. Arlene excelled in both academic and community service while attending Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She was involved in numerous service activities and graduated Magna Cum Laude, with Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Biology.




Brenda & Pedro Rincon, Owners

Brenda and Pedro have been the owners of Mathnasium of Palm Desert since June 2014. Strong believers in education, they believe the Mathnasium Method is the key to helping students learn -- and, more importantly, understand -- math. Prior to Mathnasium, Brenda spent over 15 years in the marketing and public relations field and four years running a youth development program. Pedro is also a partner in a CPA firm. They are both graduates of the University of Southern California. Go Trojans!

Their daughter, Sarah, is a proud Mathlete and a student at Xavier College Prep. She is also an assistant instructor.