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:
Jackie Esparza, Center Director
Jackie graduated from Texas State University in 2014 with a major in Environmental Engineering, and obtained her Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2019. She started as a Mathnasium instructor in 2013, and through her love of math and kids worked her way up to Center Director!
Favorite Math Joke: What do you call an angle that is adorable? Acute angle!
Fun Fact: I have two dogs, a lab and an Australian Shepherd.
I love Mathnasium because: Mathnasium gives kids an opportunity to make math fun AND make sense to them. I love the moment when I explain a concept to a student and see the light bulb go off for the first time!
Jennifer Speer, Owner
Jennifer has a unique perspective that allows her to understand your kids and help them.
She is a successful business owner and homeschooling mom of 3! She has the perspective of an educator as well as a busy parent and knows the challenges of both. Jennifer knows how to engage the kids and hold their interest. She keeps them progressing in math in a way they will actually enjoy!
Jennifer has always had a strong grip on Mathematics, earning her B.B.A in Finance at Southwest Texas State University and then owning and operating a successful business for over 10 years in the Brazos Valley alongside her husband James.
After finding Mathnasium and seeing what it can offer kids, they made a tough decision to sell their successful business with its comfortable lifestyle and start all over again. As scary as that sounds, they knew that parents in the Brazos Valley wanted the best for their children at an affordable price. There was already so much available for the many college students in Bryan/College Station, but not for elementary, middle, and high school students. Now, after being open for several years and expanding to eight locations, we have hundreds of amazing success stories as a result of our passionate instructors, inspiring learning environment, teaching style and curriculum at Mathnasium! Let us help your student!
Favorite Math Joke: There are 3 kinds of people in this world... Those that can count, and those that can't.
Fun Fact: Graduated College in 3 1/2 years with a 4.0!
I love Mathnasium because: I get to be a part of a great organzation that changes kids' lives! Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?!?
Larry Martinek, Creator of the Mathnasium Method
Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From inner city 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 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.
Nathaniel Caruso, Assistant Center Director
Nathaniel is a student at UTSA, majoring in Medical Humanities for PreMed, and hopes to graduate soon. He likes to play video games, write, and draw.
Favorite Number: 13, 'cause I think it's lucky.
Favorite Math Joke: Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9!
In five years, I will be: Still kicking, with any luck!
I love Mathnasium because: We have a relaxed environment that makes it easy to teach and learn.
Lori Miller, Assistant Center Director
Lori graduated from DeVRY Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. She completed all the coursework for a Master's degree in Computer Science at North Central College while working as a software testing engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Lori changed careers to education after moving to Texas, and worked for Comal ISD as an inclusion aid and Special Education Teacher, with students from preschool through twelfth grade. Her last three years were teaching Algebra I, Geometry, and Math Models at Canyon High School. Lori's hobbies include reading all types of fiction, crocheting and knitting for charities, and volunteering at Cross Lutheran Church. She has two daughters, one attending University of Texas at Austin, and one attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Favorite Number: 42, both because it was my uniform number in high school, and because it was the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything" in Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.
Favorite Math Joke:
In five years, I will be: The mother of two college graduates and the owner of a successful proofreading business.
I love Mathnasium because: We make math fun and understandable!
Collin Behunin, Assistant Center Director
Collin is a student at UTSA. He plans to graduate within four years with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Throughout his childhood, Collin played several instruments and spent many years in band and other musical groups.
Favorite Number: 1, because it indicates the presence of a true statement in binary.
Favorite Math Joke: I'll do algebra, trig, and statistics. But graphing is where I draw the line!
In five years, I will be: Graduated from college and working for a software development company.
I love Mathnasium because: I love math, and I believe the best feeling you can have in life is helping someone else learn and watching them make connections for themselves!
Lauryn Handley, Assistant Center Director
Lauryn is a student at UIW in San Antonio, pursuing a degree in Pharmacy. She has one younger sister and two very floppy dogs. She enjoys doing relaxing activities such as golf, cross-stitching, and reading.
Favorite Number: I love both 0 and 1 equally because they are the only numbers in my birthday, January 11th (01/11)!
Favorite Math Joke: Why is the obtuse angle always upset? Because it's never right!
In five years, I will be: A college student studying Pharmacy with only one more year to go! After that, I hope to be working in a hospital helping people get the best care they need to feel better.
I love Mathnasium because: We have a unique way of teaching math. It is so cool to be able to explain one idea in several different ways and formats!
Jacob Tondre, Instructor
Instructor of the Semester Finalist, Spring 2020
Jacob is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School where he is also a member of the Mighty Buffalo Band. Jacob competes in Math UIL and is involved with NHS. After he graduates high school, he plans to attend UIW for his doctorate in pharmacy.
Favorite Number: e, because of its importance to exponential decays in chemistry when dealing with radioactivity.
Favorite Math Joke: Why do math teachers love parks so much? Because of all the natural logs!
In five years, I will be: Finishing my doctorate in pharmacy at the University of the Incarnate Word.
I love Mathnasium because: We create an easy way for kids to understand math concepts at their own pace outside of the classroom.
Meet our Spring 2020 Instructor of the Semester Finalists!
Johanna Almendarez, Instructor
Johanna is a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is majoring in Biology on a pre-medical track. She enjoys playing the piano, exploring new places, and learning new things.
Favorite Number: 4, because it has always brought me luck!
Favorite Math Joke: Parallel lines have so much in common... it’s a shame they’ll never meet!
I love Mathnasium because: I can share my passion for math with others! It is fulfilling to help someone get a clearer understanding of a concept.
Hannah Huebotter, Instructor
Hannah is a student at Trinity University. She plans to major in Mathematical Finance in order to become an actuary for an insurance company.
Favorite Number: 3 - it’s my lucky number!
Favorite Math Joke: Beware if you see your math teacher with graph paper. He’s plotting something.
In five years, I will be: Studying for my actuarial exams.
I love Mathnasium because: We give kids the opportunity to learn lifelong math skills while working at a pace comfortable for them.
Jesse Forgione, Instructor
Jesse is a homeschooled senior. He enjoys playing and teaching piano, composing music, fencing, and playing board games. He also participates in the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio as a percussionist.
Favorite Number: The square root of 2; I've liked it ever since I learned about it.
Favorite Math Joke: Why shouldn't you let advanced math intimidate you? It's really as easy as pi!
In five years, I will be: Pursuing an education in music and continuing to teach piano.
I love Mathnasium because: I love being able to help kids learn and grow, both in their math skills, and as people.
Natalia Bermudez, Instructor
Natalia is a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio majoring in Computer Engineering. She has a strong love for traveling, trying new things, and dogs.
Favorite Number: 8, because it looks like a zero with a belt.
Favorite Math Joke: 3 out of 2 people have trouble with fractions!
In five years, I will be: Working as a computer engineer and working on my Master's in computer engineering.
I love Mathnasium because: It allows me the opportunity to help kids understand and hopefully find a new love for math.
Diana Lundy, Instructor
Diana is a student at Texas Lutheran University studying math. She likes to read and draw.
Favorite Number: 27, because it's 3 cubed.
Favorite Math Joke: Why do teenagers travel in groups of 3 or 5? Because they can't even.
In five years, I will be: A math teacher.
I love Mathnasium because: It's a really good environment for kids and instructors alike and I really enjoy helping kids to love math.
Ariana Castoreno, Instructor
Ariana is a recent graduate of Texas Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Math Education. She loves drawing, playing Sudoku, and listening to music.
Favorite Number: 28 is my favorite number because I was born on the 28th of March, it's an even number and a multiple of 4.
Favorite Math Joke: How do you keep warm in a cold room? You go to the corner, because it's always 90 degrees!
In five years, I will be: A math teacher at a middle school.
I love Mathnasium because: We teach students the skills they need to become confident in their ability to do math on their own.
Andrea Miller, Instructor
Andrea is an avid baker, successful succulent cultivator, novice orchid caretaker, and sci-fi enthusiast. Her favorite party trick is being able to recite pi to 31 places. She plans to resume pursuing her Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture degree from Texas Tech University in the fall of 2020.
Favorite Number: 42, because it's the answer to life, the universe, and everything. The real question is what is the Ultimate Question.
Favorite Math Joke:
In five years, I will be: A certified landscape architect who owns a lovable dog.
I love Mathnasium because: I enjoy showing others how much fun math can be!
Will Reichner, Instructor
Will is a senior at Samuel Clemens High School. He is a member of the soccer team, participates in several UIL events including math, speech, and debate, and is currently ranked 2nd in his graduating class. He wants to attend an Ivy League university to obtain a doctorate in political science, and one day dreams of being President of the United States. Will has a collection of 14 pairs of Crocs and he is still collecting. He loves to read, study new things, and play with his 3 cats.
Favorite Number: 8, because it is the number that Steven Gerrard, my favorite soccer player, wore as captain of Liverpool, my favorite soccer team.
Favorite Math Joke: I was really hurt when my statistics teacher called me "average." That was a mean thing to say.
In five years, I will be: In graduate school at Harvard pursuing a doctorate in law or political science.
I love Mathnasium because: It allows students to learn the critically important skill of mathematics in a way that is accommodating, effective, and a lot of fun.
Michael Borja, Instructor
Michael is a student at the University of Texas at Austin studying mechanical engineering. He is interested in all things STEM related, especially mathematics and engineering. In the future, he intends to use his degree to kickstart his career in the industry. In his free time, Michael loves talking to friends, playing video games, and practicing the piano.
Favorite Number: 23 - it's the day (in February) I was born.
Favorite Math Joke: Did you hear the one about the statistician? Probably...
In five years, I will be: Starting my career as a Mechanical Engineer!
I love Mathnasium because: We develop the skills, understanding, and confidence needed to excel in math for each and every child!
Agustin Valdes Martinez, Instructor
Agustin is a student at Judson Early College Academy and hopes to become an electrical engineer in the future. In school, he enjoys math and science above other subjects. Besides math, he enjoys reading, programming and working with robots in his spare time.
Favorite Number: 2, because it is the building block for other even numbers.
Favorite Math Joke: I have a scary math joke, but I'm 2^2 to say it.
In five years, I will be: Off to college, hopefully pursuing an engineering career in Massachusetts.
I love Mathnasium because: It gives me the opportunity to interact with brilliant students and instructors on a regular basis.