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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:

Owner/ManagerMike Mulvey, Owner/Manager

Mike graduated with a B.Arch from UCT in South Africa majoring in design, management, and engineering. Mike is a self-confessed "Math Nerd", a licensed Architect and a long-time member of the RIBA, British Mensa and Toastmasters.


Lead InstructorJames Pinato, Center Director

James graduated from UC Irvine in 2012, earning his BS in Pure Mathematics. Upon graduation, he traveled and worked in South East Asia before eventually landing at Mathnasium of Poway in 2013. He has always loved teaching and sharing his passion for mathematics. With a decade of working with kids and mathematics, he brings his expertise to help his students learn, understand, and master mathematics!

Favorite Math Topic:  Abstract Algebra & Cryptography 

Hobbies: I enjoy competing in video games at the highest level of play. I also enjoy nature and learning new things about anything and everything. 

Fun Fact About Me: I traveled to many countries in South East Asia including China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore, teaching people English and learning about new cultures.

Favorite Math Joke: A mathematician organizes a lottery in which the prize is an infinite amount of money. When the winning ticket is drawn, and the jubilant winner comes to claim his prize, the mathematician explains the mode of payment: "1 dollar now, 1/2 dollar next week, 1/3 dollar the week after that..."

Samantha Kasold, Lead Instructor

Samantha graduated from Poway High School and is currently pursuing her K-8 teaching credential. She has always loved working with kids and watching their skills grow.

Favorite Math Topic:  Trigonometry

Hobbies: Collecting Star Wars memorabilia, making Metal Earth figurines, and watching the sunset

Fun Fact About Me:  Proficient in drawing in three dimensions, and I am a certified ninja (3rd-Degree black belt)

Favorite Math Joke: 5 out of 4 people have trouble with fractions 

Greg Frederickson, Instructor

I discovered my passion for mathematics when a friend convinced me to take Math 150 (College Calculus I) as a junior in high school. At the time, I was a sophomore taking Algebra II, but I did it and loved it.

Favorite Math Topic:  Probability

Hobbies: Video games, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons

Fun Fact About Me:  I am a certified level one Magic: The Gathering judge.

Favorite Math Joke: I'll do algebra. I'll do calculus. I'll even do trigonometry. But graphing is where I draw the line. 

Alex Rubin, Instructor

I am a Computer Science major and a self-described Mathemagician. I have been not-self-described as extremely literal and extremely sarcastic.

Favorite Math Topic:  Geometry

Hobbies: Computer games, Dungeons & Dragons, and Puns

Fun Fact About Me:  I am terrible at coming up with fun facts about myself.

Favorite Math Joke: What's 3Q + 3Q? 6Q. What's 5Q + 5Q? 10Q. You're welcome.

Dallin Baker, Instructor

Dallin was born and raised in Poway!

Favorite Math Topic:  Geometry

Hobbies: 3D Puzzles and Martial Arts

Fun Fact About Me:  I have an interesting laugh.

Favorite Math Joke: Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9.

Jonathan Guzmàn, Instructor

I was homeschooled for elementary through high school, I enjoyed and recently finished my time at Palomar Community College. While there, I discovered first my passion for teaching and then my gifting with mathematics. Later, I was employed by a grant funded program, GEAR UP, where I worked at the San Marcos High School, further refining my tutoring skills. Now, I look forward to continued refinement as I prepare for my future; I plan on being a mathematics professor at a community college, where I could continue to teach and encourage others who will have struggled with this commonly difficult subject to understand or master.

Favorite Math Topic:  Algebra and Discrete Mathematics

Hobbies: Hiking, being in nature, journaling, enjoying Christian fellowship, introvert-ing, and wrapping myself in my comfy blankets in the morning—pretending I am a burrito.

Fun Fact About Me:  I nearly died by electric shock as an infant and recently almost died of lightning while summiting Mount Whitney (the highest mountain in the contiguous United States) in 2015.

Favorite Math Joke: 

Three logicians walk into a bar.

The bartender asks, "Would all three of you like a beer?"

The first one replies, "I don't know."

The second one replies, "I don't know."

The third one replies, "Yes!"

Laura Chin, Instructor

Laura was born and raised in Torrance, CA. She graduated from UC Irvine in 2012 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. She loves cats and likes to play video games for fun on her free time.

Favorite Math Topic:  Algebra

Hobbies: Basketball, Playing Video Games.

Fun Fact About Me:  I was a game tester at Sony for 8 months. I can also play the piano.

Favorite Math Joke: I put my root beer in a square glass. Now it's just beer.

Larry, Martinek, Head Guru


Larry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer, Developer of Mathnasium Program. 

Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From inner city to public schools, to acclaimed magnet schools, to leading private and parochial schools, Larry has served as both a classroom teacher and as an educational consultant. He has designed curriculum, teaching strategies, and teaching materials designed to help students and teachers learn math more effectively. He has trained teachers in the art and science of boosting students' ability to “do” math, thereby increasing students' math scores and feeling of self-worth. Larry is the developer of Mathnasium’s educational program – one of the most comprehensive and innovative curriculas ever produced for teaching math.

While Larry is not an Instructor at our Center, He is a valuable asset we can call on to ask about specific students' scenarios for guidance and advice. This has helped to make visits more productive and enjoyable for many of our students. 

Pythag O'Rean

Favorite Math Topic: Solving for the hypotenuse of a triangle.

Hobbies: Making 3 angles, Hanging out with my friends A Squared & his brother B Squared & their sister C Squared, Eating Nachos

Fun Fact about Me: My nickname is Jeff and I'm scared of Roots.

Favorite Math Joke: A talking sheepdog gets all the sheep in the pen for his farmer. He comes back and says ‘All 40 accounted for.’ Farmer says, ‘I’ve only got 36!’ Sheepdog replies, ‘I know, but I rounded them up.'