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:
Sekhar Potluri, Center Owner
Sekhar has always loved math and enjoys being around and helping kids learn and enjoy math. Sekhar has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Before finding Mathnasium, he spent around 18 years in IT, Retail Management and ventured other businesses but always wanted to spend the rest of his life doing what he loved the most, being around and teaching children. He believes that Mathnasium method of teaching math can change a child’s attitude towards math and help develop a deep understanding of “number sense”. Sekhar and his team at Mathnasium of Silver Creek are committed to helping children grow their interest and confidence in math and are very proud to bring the Mathnasium Method to your children in Evergreen and Silver Creek area.
Patricia Tran, Lead Instructor
Patricia has graduated magna cum laude from San Jose State University with a B.A degree in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. She is currently working toward a teaching credential from SJSU as well. She has a great deal of experience in teaching and helping younger students, from her five years of coaching badminton at EVHS, helping a family friend’s daycare children with homework, and being a private math tutor for younger students. In addition, she has five years of experience being a teacher’s aide at Math Enrichment for the Precalculus course, where she learned the importance of encouraging students to never give up. She recognizes the prevalence of mathematics outside of the classroom and is eager to share her passion to the students at Mathnasium.
Noelle McGowan, Office Manager
Duc Pham, Lead Instructor
Duc Pham is a current student at Evergreen Valley College and former student at UCSB. He has completed up to Linear Algebra and is currently taking Differential Equations. He hasn't always loved math, but when exposed to higher level mathematics concepts that were more complex it became more challenging and fun to learn. He competed and placed 6th in a Senior Math Olympiad in his senior year of high school. He hopes to share his love for math and help other students find a love for math themselves. Besides mathematics, Duc also has a love for tennis. He plans to return to UCSB to continue his degree in Computer Engineering.
Taylor Lehr, Instructor
Taylor is going to be a senior at San Jose state university this fall. She is majoring in applied mathematics with a double minor in Economics and Business. Taylor is on the women’s swimming and diving team at San Jose. She has loved math ever since she was a little girl. She used to do math books for fun over the summer. Taylor also loves working with children. After she graduates she plans to study for actuarial exams and become an actuary. Taylor hopes to share her love of learning and math with the kids she works with at Mathnasium. She got a near perfect score on the math portion of the ACT (35).
Andrey Yakymovych, Instructor
Andrey graduated from Evergreen Valley High School. He has taken many high-level math courses, including Multivariable Calculus, and will be continuing his education at Evergreen Valley College to pursue a career as a software engineer. He’s earned a score of 800 on the Math II SAT Subject Test and the math portion of the SAT. He is always excited to find new approaches and shortcuts to problems of all sorts; explaining the way they work to others to share the experience. In his free time, Andrey likes to go for a drive or listen to his favorite songs.
Sanika Sahasrabudhe, Instructor
Sanika graduated from Evergreen Valley High School and will be attending University of Southern California. Even as a young girl, she has always been passionate about learning math and has competed in math competitions throughout school. She enjoys working with kids and has previously tutored students across different grade levels. When not pursuing academics, she enjoys baking, traveling, and running in her spare time. Sanika is excited to join the Mathnasium team and can't wait to share her knowledge and love of math to other students.
Phillip Nguyen, Instructor
Phillip is currently a senior at Evergreen Valley High School. He is currently taking high-level mathematics and physics courses and plans to major in a STEM field after graduating high school. Ever since Phillip was young, mathematics has been his favorite school subject for its ability to use a variation of techniques to solve the same problem. His creativity allows him to find unique patterns and such in math. Phillip’s imagination also expands to his love for music. He has played piano for over ten years and is currently in the EVHS Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. As a part of the Mathnasium team, Phillip will be able to help others with his abilities and allow himself to grow as a mathematician.
Jennifer Branham, Instructor
Jennifer is currently a senior at Evergreen Valley High School. She took AP Calculus AB in her sophomore year and is currently taking AP Calculus BC. Jennifer has always excelled in math because she enjoys finding different ways to solve a problem. She has previously participated in the Science Olympiad, piano recitals, and is a member of the EVHS Track and Field Team. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and watching TV in her spare time. Jennifer is eager to join the Mathnasium team and is excited to share her passion and knowledge about math with others.
Kendrick Phan, Instructor
Kendrick is currently a senior attending Evergreen Valley High School. He has completed all the math courses offered at his school, including Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB and BC, and is taking AP Statistics. He also received a 5/5 on both the AP AB and BC Calculus Exams. He also received an almost perfect score of 790 on the SAT Subject Test Math 2. Kendrick has always enjoyed helping and supporting his classmates. He hopes to apply this passion for learning and mathematics as part of the Mathnasium team. In his free time, Kendrick enjoys dancing and listening to music.
Tylee Bao, Instructor
Tylee is currently a senior at Valley Christian High School. He is currently enrolled for Calculus AB. After high school, Tylee plans to get a BSN and work towards becoming a CRNA. From an early age, he found a passion in math and has been nourishing it through programs and competitive math. Before teaching at Mathnasium, he was a basketball coach for kids, and taught math at an after school program. He enjoys the presence and energy of kids and believes that with the right guidance, they can accomplish anything. Outside of math, he enjoys playing basketball, listening to music, and watching Netflix. Tylee is excited to join the Mathnasium team and share his knowledge and passion with kids and other students.
Prothit Halder, Instructor
Prothit is a senior at Evergreen Valley High school. He is currently taking Multivariable Calculus, and has gotten a 5 in AP Calculus BC as a junior. Prothit loves helping his peers who struggle in math. As an instructor, Prothit hopes to empower Mathnasium students by teaching them math. In his free time, Prothit enjoys teaching programming, and listening to music.
Jane Pham, Instructor
Jane is a senior at Evergreen Valley High School. She is enrolled in AP Statistics and has completed up to the math course Calculus AB. Last spring, she scored a 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam. Math has always been Jane’s strongest subject in school. Aside from Mathnasium, she is also a Vietnamese school teacher and teaches at a piano program. Jane enjoys playing for her school’s orchestra and badminton team. Growing up, her parents have sent her into many different programs so it has helped her become a well-rounded person. Jane is excited to meet all the brilliant students Mathnasium has to offer.
Sarah Leung, Instructor
Sarah is currently a senior at Evergreen Valley High School taking AP Statistics. Last year, she took Calculus BC and in her sophomore year, she took Calculus AB. Sarah has always enjoyed solving math problems and looks forward to working with Mathnasium students. At school, Sarah is a member of the EVHS waterpolo and swim team. In her free time, she enjoys reading and listening to music.
Nazhah Mir, Instructor
Nazhah is currently a sophomore at University Preparatory Academy and is currently enrolled in Calculus AB. She has always had a passion for math ever since she was little and loves learning new math concepts and challenging herself. She has taken part in numerous different math competitions, including Math Olympiad, Math Kangaroo, and Continental Math League, and placed 2nd in the American Math Competition. Nazhah has tutored several students in math in the past, and hopes to bring her passion and experience to the students at Mathnasium. Outside of math, Nazhah enjoys drawing, painting, and programming.