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:
Megan Curtale, Center Director
Megan is the Center Director at Mathnasium of Peoria. Prior to opening his Mathnasium center, Megan worked as a Realtor, business Manager, and tutor. She has her Bachelors of Science in History and Political Science, and Sociology and Psychology from Eureka College where she was a Reagan Fellow. While Megan has traveled across the globe working in a variety of different specialties, she has always had a passion for teaching and working with children. She feels nothing is more rewarding than seeing the sparkle in a child's eye when they finally understand something they had been previously struggling with. Her favorite shape is a triangle.
Heather Smith, Assisstant Center Director
Ms. Heather graduated from Judson University in 2013 with a BA in Mathematics. She has been tutoring high school students in math since 2011. Miss Heather taught math for one year in a high school classroom, and has been working as a paraprofessional in the Dunlap School District since 2015. She enjoys participating in productions with Corn Stock Theater and has previously studied abroad at Harlaxton Manor in England for a semester while in college. Her favorite shape is the heart because she doodles them on everything and they usually bring a smile to the faces of others and make them feel loved/cared for.
Madeline Friend, Lead Instructor
Miss Madeline is a recent Illinois State University graduate with a degree in Middle Level Education with math and science endorsements. One of her favorite parts about teaching and tutoring is watching students get to that "ah-ha" moment when they finally understand a topic that they have been working on. She enjoys traveling, watching soccer amongst other television shows, and spending time with family and friends. She is currently teaching in a middle school in the Pekin School district. Miss Madeline is the oldest of two, with a younger sister and has pet rabbit named Lily that occupies her free time.
Bella Middeton, Lead Instructor
Miss Bella is a recent graduate from Columbia College in Chicago. She has a BA in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Arts Management. She is the middle of 3 sisters, who all graduated from Dunlap High School in 2012, 2018, and 2020 respectively. She went to the state math tournament twice while attending Dunlap. Miss Bella loves to read, play with makeup, and play video games in her very little spare time. Her favorite shape is a sphere because no matter how you look at it, it is perfectly symmetrical.
Taseen Karim, Lead Instructor
Mr. Taseen is currently attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is majoring in Computer Engineering. He has taken math classes all the way through Calc 2 during his academic career. He is proud of the fact that he learned how to wire a vending machine. He has many interests, but is into power-lifting. His favorite shape is the rectangle because they are used in Calculus.
Ameer Taher, Instructor
Mr. Ameer is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is majoring in Computer Science. When not doing school work, he likes to go out with friends or watch YouTube videos. Mr Ameer likes picking up new hobbies and learning new things online. One of his big interests is post production of movies and he likes to edit videos for film class with friends. Math and Science are his favorite subjects, and he has a great time working with the kids here at Mathnasium!
Montreal Thomas, Instructor
Mr. Montreal is attending Blackburn College and is majoring in Mathematics and Political Science. He has taken math courses all the way through Linear Alegebra and plans on taking many more. When Mr. Montreal is not doing school work, he volunteers in his community and uses his spare time to read, learn about current issues and hang out with his friends. He loves mathematics and his job here at Mathnasium!
Landen Sale, Instructor
Mr. Landen is currently attending Illinois Central College (ICC) and majoring in Computer Science. He has taken math classes all the way through Calc 3 and tutored students at ICC in their peer tutoring program for 2 years. He feels most proud of his FRC robotics team, Argos 1756, that went to the national competition three years in a row. Mr. Landen loves to play Pokemon and Yu-Gi-oh! card games in his free time. He has two older dogs at home, but loves all animals. His favorite shape is the triangle because it is structurally strong and useful for solving problems geometrically.
Spencer Alphonso, Instructor
Mr. Spencer is currently attending Bradley University and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a Biomedical concentration and has taken math courses through Calc 3. He has earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was on the tennis and swim team in high school. He has 3 cats and his favorite shape is the circle.
Sid Saxena, Instructor
Mr. Sid is currently a student at Bradley University majoring in Chemistry with a pre-med concentration and is dual majoring in Philosophy. He has taken math courses up through Calc 2. He was on the all-state tennis team in 2019 and he has a twin brother. His favorite shape is the hexagon because they are symmetrical and can be found all over the place in nature.
Hannah Srinivasan, Instructor
Miss Hannah is a senior at Richwoods High School in the IB program. She intends to major in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience in college. She has previous worked as a leader in math camp and taught students from many grade levels through Calc 1. She went to the IDTA state competition for dance with her high school dance team the Royalettes. Fun fact about Miss Hannah, she lived in Belgium for five years. Her favorite shape is the pyramid because she thinks they are cool.
Damien Olar, Instructor
Mr. Damien is currently a student at Illinois Central College (ICC) and is studying HVAC/R. He was previously a Mathnasium student and enjoyed Mathnasium so much that he came to work here after he graduated high school. He is most proud of the understanding he has gained about electrical systems and equipment and he can build a computer. His favorite shape is the dodecahedron because it has a really cool name.
Megan Scarber, Instructor
Miss Megan is currently attending Bradley University and double majoring in Mathematics and Sociology. She has had previous experience tutoring middle school and high school students. She also works as a nanny. She will be graduating with her degree in December of this year. Something that she is proud of is the research project she presented at an expo on the study of how the pandemic was effecting people. Her favorite subjects within mathematics are algebra and graph theory. In her free time she enjoys crafting, baking, Animal Crossing, and Harry Styles. Her favorite shape is the triangle because learning the properties of triangles is the foundation for so many different areas of math and side/angle problems are fun to solve!
Bethany Partridge, Instructor
Ms. Bethany graduated from Monmouth College in 2017 with a degree in French Education. She has worked as an aide in special education for three years and has been a tutor for 10 years in subjects including math, ELA, French, and Spanish. She is most proud of almost being a certified teacher. She has a a cat named Krinkle. Math was one of her favorite subjects when she was in school and she firmly believes that she can teach anything if she applies herself to learning the subject. Her favorite shape is a square because it's even on all sides.