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Our Team

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:

Director of Operations

Wes Hartmann, Center Director

Wes was born and raised in Northern California and spent his childhood camping, kayaking and playing football. He moved to LA to pursue his education and graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a degree in Mathematics. He has worked with kids his entire life, in roles ranging from swim teacher to archery instructor.  He has worked for Mathnasium as a Center Director for over a year at the Encino and Marina del Rey locations and is thrilled to be shaping the future of Mathnasium of Santa Monica. He is excited and humbled by the opportunity to teach math to kids.

  

 

Dan Saposhnik, Director of Operations

Dan graduated from the University of Arizona in 1985 with a B.S. in Microbiology and from Hofstra University's Graduate School of Business in 1990 with an MBA in Accounting. He worked as a CPA with public accounting firm Price Waterhouse and has built successful companies in various fields including real estate and executive recruiting. Dan's passion for teaching and love for working with kids is rooted in family tradition. His mother was a highly regarded principal for nearly 30 years. Dan has taught and tutored children of all ages and was a mentor for underprivileged children. Dan is committed to significantly increasing Santa Monica children's math skills, their understanding of math concepts and their overall school performance. "We provide lots of warm encouragement in a very positive learning environment so that children build their confidence and develop a winning attitude towards math. Our kids learn math in a way that makes sense to them. They get excited about math and this spirit carries over into everything they do."

 

 

Laurie Wasser Saposhnik, Director of Marketing and Community Outreach

Laurie graduated from UCLA in 1986 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. Prior to joining Mathnasium, Laurie worked for various Fortune 500 high tech companies such as IBM, SAP, EMC, TIBCO and MicroStrategy. Laurie's passion for teaching and love for working with kids is rooted in family tradition. Her father taught special education at the high school level for over 30 years in California. Laurie is committed to partnering with the Santa Monica community to increase Santa Monica children's math skills, their understanding of math concepts and their confidence in their ability to be successful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Brown, Regional Director

Alan was born in Las Vegas but spent the majority of his educational career in Northern Nevada. He went to Spanish Springs High School, where he was a triathlete and earned his advanced & honors diploma.  During his time there, he took almost every math class his high school offered and often tutored his fellow classmates. He then attended the University of Nevada, Reno in pursuit of a Biology degree. After completing his first year of college, he decided to transfer to UNLV to finish his undergraduate program. It was shortly after this transition that he became an instructor for Mathnasium. This opportunity allowed him to share his passion for teaching and mathematics. He was a lead instructor for three years while he earned his degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. He spent two years as a Center Director, where he shared his enthusiasm with the families at Mathnasium of Red Rock. Alan is now honored to serve all of our locations as Regional Director and continue changing lives through math. 

 

 

Arya, Lead Instructor

Hi! My name's Arya and I'm a mechanical engineering major at Santa Monica College with hopes of studying at USC or UCLA. You might recognize me from when I attended Santa Monica High School or maybe from my volunteer work with the Farhang Foundation at UCLA. Math is a vital component in physics and chemistry, which is probably why it interests me so much! It's been my strongest subject throughout my academic career, and while I'm passionate about math, I'm also passionate about teaching and learning! My hobbies include songwriting, playing baskteball, and working out. I love to learn new ideas and topics to expand my knowledge and bring innovative ideas into reality.

 

  

 

 

Nicolai, Lead Instructor

Hi! I'm Nicolai! I'm a Santa Monica local and a senior at UCSD majoring in Mathematics with an emphasis in Statistics and Probability. After graduating, I hope to one day enter the world of data analysis and machine learning. I developed a passion for helping others understand the fundamentals of math while working as a statistics tutor at Santa Monica College and am excited to continue inspiring students through the journey of mathematics. In my spare time, I enjoy soccer, baking, and exploring the city for new places to eat.

 

 

 

 

  

Sid, Lead Instructor

Hi! My name is Sidharth but I go by Sid. I currently am attending Santa Monica College majoring in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Automotive Engineering. I have plans to go to school outside of California after finishing my major presentation classes. Before working with Mathnasium, I was a Sales Consultant for Best Buy for roughly 2 years and a Math Tutor at Santa Monica College. As a child, I struggled heavily with math. Once I started learning how to see math conceptually, I realized how much fun it really was. I love to show people that math is not just numbers you keep writing in order to figure out the answer, but a puzzle waiting to be finished. In my free time, I build fun things to drive, do some art, and try new places to eat. I love learning new ways to make fuel efficient cars that are still appealing on a larger scale. 

 

 

Tyler, Lead Instructor

Hi! My name is Tyler. I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and a minor in Mathematics. My interest in neuroscience was to understand how people learn and make decisions. Using that knowledge, I completed my practicum in education, which involved redesigning an after school program at a local elementary school in San Diego. Since graduating, I've worked on a variety of jobs including laboratories, start-ups, and legal work. Everywhere I've gone, math fluency has been an essential skill that I hope to share with everyone I teach. In my free time, I enjoy many hobbies including the board game Go (baduk), tennis, and volunteering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jakob, Lead Instructor

Hi there, I'm Jakob! I'm currently a second year at UCLA majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Biomedical Research and Applied Developmental Psychology. For the future, I plan on attending medical school to eventually become a pediatric neurosurgeon. I love working with kids, and I am always enthusiastic of the prospect of working with students. I have always been passionate about tutoring and teaching others, especially in math, which I consider to be the most fundamental subject to understanding our world. Math is prominent in practically every academic discipline, which is why I want to help others establish a strong foundation in math so that they can achieve their full potential. I know that Mathnasium is the perfect place for me to do that. Outside of my academics, I also love to listen to music and playing my instrument, the bassoon. I've been playing the bassoon for almost 7 years, and it's super fun and weird. In addition, I spend a lot of my free time volunteering: I work with underprivileged students in Los Angeles teaching them science and other subjects, while also helping make college a possibility for them. Finally, I love animals; I have 4 cats and 2 dogs. I can't wait to meet you!

 

 

Audrey, Instructor

Hello! My name is Audrey and I am a senior at high school. I'm a diligent student with a love of math and business which I hope to study in college. I am the treasurer of my school's Animal Shelter Club and have a leadership position in Link Crew, an organization that helps underclassmen transition into high school and promote school spirit on campus. I have used my love of math and economics to start my own small business and manage its finances. In my free time, I love to attend concerts for small bands all over Los Angeles, bake and watch The Office on Netflix!

 

 
 

 

Bonnie, Instructor

Hello! My name is Bonnie and I am currently an undergraduate at UCLA studying Psychobiology. I adore math and I want to spread my love for math to others, which is why I am at Mathnasium. I have experience tutoring Calculus AB/BC as well as Algebra and Geometry. When I am not instructing students or going to class, find me volunteering at Ronald Reagan Hospital in the Child Life department! I love working with children because they always find a way to make me laugh. In the future, I hope to become a Physician’s Assistant. I love music, dogs (ask me about my corgi), and plants. Even though it’s really expensive, I also love traveling! I’ve been to Mexico, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, England, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Jamaica! I am fluent in Mandarin and I can also speak/understand some French. I am super excited to meet you and I can’t wait to assist you with Mathematics! 

 
 

 

 

Eva, Instructor

My name is Eva Gonzalez, and I am a first generation Latina who graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a degree in Anthropology. I focused on biological anthropology while in college, but changed career courses after working on medical research in the emergency department. I am now a post-baccalaureate student at UCLA working on my pre-medical certificate to pursue medical school. I love science and wish to combine my love of animals with medicine in the future. In the meantime, I find therapy in working and motivating kids in the STEM fields, and I spend my free time training my Amazon parrot and cuddling with my two cats.

 

 
 
 
 

Jacob, Instructor

Hello! My name is Jacob and I'm currently a sophomore at Santa Monica College. I am studying Electrical Engineering which is a very math heavy field. It wasn't until my first year of college that I realized how much I enjoyed doing math. I was very interested in Quantum Physics because I wanted to learn how electronics worked, and after my first physics class I realized how conceptual and abstract of a subject math really was. From that point on, I was hooked and I immediately worked very hard to take as many math classes as I could. I was also a fairly serious musician all of high school and got to go on tours and play hundreds of shows which sparked my interest in analog synthesizers. That is the root of my interest in Electrical Engineering. I have made several pieces of equipment on my own time and am currently working on building my own synthesizer! After making school my main priority, I began tutoring fellow classmates that were taking classes I had already taken, and some high school students. I'm hoping to transfer to a UC or Cal State within the next year so that I can further my knowledge and continue to expand my understanding of math!

 
 
 
 

Jason, Instructor

Hi, I'm Jason! I graduated from USC as a Trustee Scholar in 2019 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Mathematical Finance. Throughout my life, I've always had a passion for learning new things and sharing my knowledge with others. I especially love inspiring and building confidence in kids through increasing self-efficacy. Ever since high school, I've tutored and taught in academic environments such as resource centers, AP high school courses, and middle school classrooms. I also have an extensive technical background. During high school and college, I took several years of computer science courses and spent three years working in USC's IT department. As someone who loved math growing up, it is incredibly fun and rewarding for me to teach students various methods of approaching the problems they need to solve. In the future, I plan to utilize my experiences and passions to become a math or computer science teacher. In my free time, I enjoy walking around Santa Monica and downtown LA to immerse myself in the diverse cultures and experiences.

 

 

Jonathan, Instructor

Hello! My name is Jonathan, but my nickname is Jon Jon. Mathematics was always my strongest subject in school, but I didn't really fall in love with it until 8th grade when I first saw a proof of the quadratic formula. That's when I understood that math isn't just about calculating answers to problems, it's about reaching deep truths using logic and abstraction. After high school, I went to Santa Monica College where I became interested in philosophy. I found the subject fascinating because it, too, was about reaching deep truths with logical analysis. I later transferred to UCLA and graduated with a B.A. in philosophy and a minor in mathematics. After graduating, I worked as a Teaching Associate at CSUN where I taught calculus and mathematics for business majors. I have also tutored college students in calculus, pre-calc, and statistics. In my free time, I like to play video games with my friends, and watch anime (I'm a child at heart). I enjoy working with kids, and I hope to one day be a high-school math teacher.

 

 

 

 

Nicoletta, Instructor

Hi! My name is Nicoletta! You can call me Nicki for short. I am a Master's graduate in Environmental Health Sciences with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Policy. I am passionate about educating students, seeing them succeed, and helping them reach new levels of understanding and confidence with the material that they didn't even think was possible when they started. When I'm not helping the students reach their potential, I love to hike, run, bike, swim, travel, do yoga and meditate, do health/wellness coaching, read, write, draw, listen to music, learn an instrument, go to concerts, spend quality time with friends and family, see movies and my favorite shows and anime, and explore and enjoy LA's best vegan eateries--not necessarily in that order.

 

 

 

Pariya, Instructor

Hi, my name is Pariya Samandi. I am a fourth year computer science undergraduate student at UCLA. I started tutoring math when I was attending a community college in northern California before transferring to UCLA. Previously, I was an interior/architectural designer with an international firm in the U.S.. My goal after graduating from UCLA is to integrate my design background with my degree in computer science in order to develop user friendly products which are based on users' needs and desires. I like hiking, exploring cities and countries, traveling, reading motivational books, drinking coffee, and spending quality time with family and friends.

 

 

Persia, Instructor

Hi, my name is Persia Hashemi! I am a B.S. student in Electrical Engineering at UCLA. I started teaching math 4 years ago as a tutor in Calculus and Algebra at Long Beach City College. Shortly afterwards, I started working with students ranging from middle school to high school in private sessions for various kinds of math. One of my favorite and proudest teaching moments was with a student whose grades vastly improved in the three months that I worked with him, bringing him up to all A's in his math courses. My students' passion for learning fascinates me and is what drives me to continue to teach while studying at UCLA. Outside teaching, I spend most of my time working on a tech start-up project or travelling. If I'm not working or travelling, you can definitely find me in contemporary art galleries and museums around town. 

  

 

Yman, Instructor

Hello! My name is Yman and I am currently a junior in high school, raised in Los Angeles, and have always had a huge love for math! This love led me here to Mathnasium, where I now instruct students, in hopes that they will love math just as much as I do. It all started when I started tutoring my little brother, and seeing him start to enjoy math made me want to see that same satisfaction coming from other people. Also, as someone already enrolled in college-level math courses, I feel ready to attach math concepts in a way that makes sense to the student. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wizit, Center Mathscot

Wizit is our center mathscot (math + mascot)  who now guards our tropical fish from little human beings who bang their little palms on the glass on our famous salwater tank. After 32 years of passionately teaching math, Wizit retired from tutoring but still loves to be at our center for support. His hind legs are not as muscular as they used to be when he would roam as an instructor, so for fun these days, he likes to take a stroll to Erehwon to shop for raw honey and he'll go to the Pacific Dining Car for brunch every now and then. Try to find a blue book alongside him at our center and you'll find a very funny math book full of jokes.