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.

Sulu Jaffer

Center Director
Sulu Jaffer has a BA in Psychology with a minor in Biology and Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Prior to attending UCSD Sulu was a Hospital Corpsman working in the inpatient Psych ward at the Naval Medical Center stationed in San Diego, CA. Sulu has experience in operating multiple businesses. In 2016 after having troubles with his own son related to math he decided on Mathnasium as a final place to settle in. Since then Sulu has operated 3 Mathnasium’s and currently focused on Mathnasium of Sandy Springs as the Center Director. “I can’t believe some of the kids I enrolled in Mathnasium as kindergarteners are now in Middle School and I love that Mathnasium has helped them excel. In his spare time Sulu trains for triathlons and ultras, as well has high-performance driving events at local race tracks. He is married and has three children: a high senior, and twin girls in middle school. His favorite number is lucky number 7 and his race car number is 604.

Celso Torres

@Home Director
Celso graduated with a B.S. in Systems Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis. He lived in Washington D.C. for a year and a half working as a Data Analyst for Johns Hopkins before moving back home to Atlanta. Celso enjoys listening to music, reading, and thinking in his free time. He often finds himself observing and learning about the connection between various educational disciplines, particularly with regard to philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and physiology. Favorite Number: "It's not really a number but I really like the concept of base 10. It makes calculations so much easier and is a very intuitive way for us to understand orders of magnitude." Favorite Math Joke: "How do you keep cold in a warm room? You go to a corner because it's always 90 degrees!" Fun Fact: "When I was younger I was obsessed with soccer and I would play with the ball for hours. I got pretty good at a couple tricks....might favorite being the classic 'around the world'!" "I love Mathnasium because it's a fun environment where complicated math topics are broken down into friendly, easy-to-understand pieces. The process of helping a student see and understand math concepts is very rewarding!"

Justin Heinel

Justin is a highschool student that attends Walton high school. He is also dual enrolled at Kennesaw State University where he takes Calculus III. He is committed to Auburn University where he will attend next year. He has earned the Principal's Honor Role, earning above a 4.0 GPA every year in High School. Prior to working at Mathnasium Justin worked at a boat dealership as a salesman. He enjoys playing games, working on cars, and playing soccer. His favorite subject in school is Engineering which he plans to pursue in college. Favorite number: "30 because that is the day of his birthday." Favorite math joke: "I had an argument with a 90-degree angle. I could not win because he is always right." I love Mathnasium because it gives me the opportunity to help kids further their education. I also love connecting with the kids and working with them.

Ryeon Naderi

I am a senior studying Computer Science at Kennesaw State University. I have tutored in computer science. Favorite Number: is 4 because it is my birthdate. Favorite math joke is "Why do plants hate math? Because it gives them square roots!"

Daniel Patton

Dan is an environmental science major at KSU, where he is on the Dean's List. He also is an Eagle Scout, and enjoys spending his time outdoors and playing music! Favorite Number and why: "4; it's a pair of pairs! It's also fundamental in music." Favorite Math Joke: "Three statisticians go out hunting together. After a while, they spot a solitary rabbit. The first statistician takes aim but overshoots. The second aims but undershoots. The third shouts out "We got it!" Fun Fact: "My favorite animal is the deer." "I love Mathnasium because I can actually see students' progression tangibly as they learn and master new math topics and reinforce their existing knowledge."

Sun Kim

Son is currently enrolled in Army ROTC and is waiting to commission soon. He loves classical music (reading, listening, and playing). He loves to travel with friends and family when he gets to. He is completing his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and physics very soon and is very excited to finish this chapter of his life! Favorite Number: "4, it gives me a sense of security." Favorite Math Joke: "Do you know what seems odd to me? Numbers that aren't divisible by two." Fun Fact: "I play 7 instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Drums" "I love Mathnasium because it's energetic and the kids are eager to learn!"

Rian Patel

Rian is a High School Intern taking Honors Algebra/Geometry 2 at Riverwood High School. His favorite subject is math because he likes how in math there is are definitive answers to problems that are not up for debate. His hobbies include cooking, playing soccer, and reading. Favorite Number: "2 because I was born on June 2" Math Joke: "What did the triangle say to the circle? 'You're so pointless!'" Fun Fact: "I was almost born in England!" I love Mathnasium because it helps kids with math in a fun, creative, and rewarding way.

Laney Bentley

Laney is on the advanced math track at her school and is taking honors geometry. She enjoys being on the varsity volleyball team at her school and competes competitively. Laney’s favorite number is 1 because it has been her jersey number throughout all of middle and high school. A fun fact about Laney is her favorite binge show is Gilmore Girls. Math Joke: “Why do teen girls always travel in groups of three or five? Because they can’t even.” Favorite Number: "1 because it has been my jersey number throughout all of Middle and High School." Favorite Math Joke: "Why do teen girls always travel in groups of three or five? Because they can't even." Fun Fact: "My favorite show to binge watch is Gilmore Girls."

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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