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
The Mayor of Mathnasium Award, Spring 2021 & Fall 2021
The Mathnasium Messenger Award, Fall 2021
Nathaniel is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. He enjoys playing video games, writing, and drawing.
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.
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!
Jacob Tondre, Assistant Center Director
The Professor Award, Spring 2021 & Fall 2021
Instructor of the Semester Finalist, Spring 2020
Jacob is a student at the University of the Incarnate Word. He plans to get his doctorate in pharmacy and join the military as a hospital pharmacist.
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.
Johanna Almendarez, Assistant Center Director
The Mathnasium Messenger Award, Spring 2021
Johanna is a nursing student who will graduate in the summer of 2022 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She plans to continue her education afterwards. She enjoys learning new things and exploring new places!
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
Instructor of the Semester Finalist, Fall 2020
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.
Meet our Fall 2021 Instructor of the Semester Finalists!
Natalia Bermudez, Instructor
Instructor of the Semester Winner, Fall 2021
Natalia is a student at UTSA pursuing a double major in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering. She spends her free time with family, improving her baking skills and spending time with her doggies, Juno and Zeus.
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/electrical engineer in the field of AI development.
I love Mathnasium because: It allows me the opportunity to help kids understand and hopefully find a new love for 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: Graduated with my Master's in math and teaching at a university.
I love Mathnasium because: We teach students the skills they need to become confident in their ability to do math on their own.
Elena Garcia, Instructor
The Team Player Award, Fall 2021
Elena is a HUGE fan of math...in fact, so huge that she got her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Texas State University. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching and learning various Latin dances (Salsa, Bachata, etc.). She also likes to stay updated with the Samuel Clemens wrestling team, since she was one of the first Clemens wrestlers in 2013.
Favorite Number: e, because it has unique qualities just like me!
Favorite Math Joke: Have you heard the latest statistics joke? Probably.
In five years, I will be: A Special Agent or Intelligence Analyst for a federal law enforcement agency.
I love Mathnasium because: I enjoy sharing my passion for math with students, and I like being a source of positivity for students every day.
Geoffrey Englin, Instructor
Geoffrey is a student at Samuel Clemens High School. He plays tennis for the school and is a part of the UIL science and mathematics teams. In his free time, Geoffrey loves to read classic literature and listen to 60s rock. He hopes to one day work in a hospital as a medical physicist.
Favorite Number: 100, because there is nothing better than seeing that on a test.
Favorite Math Joke: There are only 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't.
In five years, I will be: Graduating from undergrad and working towards a Master's in physics.
I love Mathnasium because: Mathnasium gives me the chance to put my passion for learning to use and help instill that same drive in other kids.
Maddie Litwhiler, Instructor
Maddie is currently a student at University of the Incarnate Word. She loves to read, draw, cook, and knit. She also loves to hike and travel, especially with her family.
Favorite Number: 2, because it's a number that evenly divides things in half, and because of the different ways to write the number.
Favorite Math Joke: Dear algebra, stop asking us to find your x. They are never coming back — don't ask y.
In five years, I will be: Graduated from college and, hopefully, a teacher or doing something I love that includes math.
I love Mathnasium because: The atmosphere is really calming and focused. It also has great tips and tools for new methods of learning math that I find extremely helpful and have started to use myself.
Jackson Faires, Instructor
Jackson completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Stephen F. Austin State University. After that, he worked at Mathnasium for one year at both the New Braunfels and Schertz locations. He left once to teach English to children in China for a year, and again to get his Masters in Statistics, but is happy to be back!
Favorite Number: 65, because I chose it as a child and I have stuck with it ever since.
Favorite Math Joke: Why did the chicken cross the Mobius Strip? To get to the same side.
In five years, I will be: I might be working on my doctorate or I might be working in a different country teaching math. I'm not sure yet!
I love Mathnasium because: Mathnasium provides me an opportunity to better understand each child's individual struggles, which will make me a better classroom teacher.
Violet Vigen, Instructor
Violet recently graduated with her Associate's from San Antonio College. She is planning to attend a university to further her education in Accounting. In her free time, she likes to get creative by scrapbooking, constructing collages from old books and magazines, drawing, and painting. She also loves being in nature, going on walks or bike rides, and reading on a picnic blanket.
Favorite Number: 25/5, because it is my lucky number and the day of my birthday.
Favorite Math Joke: Why did seven eat nine? Because you're suppose to eat 3 squared meals a day!
In five years, I will be: Graduated from a university with my Bachelor's and working for a successful company!
I love Mathnasium because: We are here to improve our students' math skills and help them gain confidence not only in their math work but in themselves.
Cara Sullivan, Instructor
Cara is a high school student enrolled in the dual credit homeschool program at Northeast Lakeview College. She has a simple mantra: she loves math! She is working toward an Associate's degree in Business and plans to become a math teacher. Cara is very passionate about teaching math, so much so that she started a peer tutoring program at her school in eighth grade. She did not want to wait until she finished college to help students learn, which is why Mathnasium is her dream job - she gets to connect with students from all walks of life through mathematics. In short, she gets to share what she loves!
Favorite Number: 9 - when I was 9 years old, I was randomly assigned the #9 jersey on my softball team. It seemed almost magical, so it has been my lucky number every since!
Favorite Math Joke: How many monsters are good at math? None, unless you Count Dracula.
In five years, I will be: Graduating with a Master's degree in Business.
I love Mathnasium because: It brings out the beauty and fun in math. The more a student's understanding of math grows, the more educational options open up to them. The work is not work anymore - instead, the student realizes that each math problem is like a puzzle, and I love seeing their newfound love for piecing it together!
Connor Harris, Instructor
Connor is a student at Randolph High School who hopes to attend either MIT or UT to learn everything there is to know about the world of mathematics. He enjoys summarizing mathematical patterns in concise formulas in his free time and sharing his discoveries with anyone willing to listen.
Favorite Number: 7, because I enjoy stylizing sevens.
Favorite Math Joke: Did you know that 87% of the time, around 79% of statistics are made up on the spot?
In five years, I will be: Finding a better way to write the equation for the sum of a harmonic series.
I love Mathnasium because: It gives me the opportunity to help students learn and become passionate about understanding math. It also gives me more reasons to write equations all the time!
Brandon Bautizta, Instructor
Brandon is a student at Byron P. Steele High School who hopes to find his passion to pursue after high school. He is an enthusiastic band student who loves math and participating in band activities.
Favorite Number: 7 - it's my lucky number, and it keeps appearing everywhere in my life.
Favorite Math Joke: Not all math jokes are bad, just sum.
In five years, I will be: In or out of college and working towards a career.
I love Mathnasium because: It gives me a chance to help people, which is my end goal in life, and helps kids improve their math skills and their confidence in math.