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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:

 Matthew Schexnayder, Center Director 

School Attended: Cal Lutheran University

Major: Mathematics

Hobbies and Interests: Reading, Video Games, and Math

What I love about Mathnasium: Getting to help kids understand a subject that I'm passionate about

With Mathnasium Since: April 2019

Interesting Facts: I built my own computer in 2015 and have been upgrading it ever since

 

Celeste Navarro, Lead Instructor 

School Attended: Mt. San Antonio College

Major: Art History

Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, Hanging out with friends, Spending time with my pets, and Drawing

What I love about Mathnasium:  Connecting with the kids and teaching them skills that they will use for life

With Mathnasium Since: June 2021

                                                                             Interesting Facts: I am a huge animal lover. I own 5 cats and 2 dogs!

 

Kevin Cintra do Prado, Instructor 

School Attending: Cal Poly Pomona

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies and Interests: Green Bay Packers, Video Games, Anime, Fixing Things, and Marvel

What I love about Mathnasium: Mathnasium not only teaches better ways to do math but also emphasizes why it is so important

With Mathnasium Since: Halloween 2016

Interesting Facts: I can talk about why 𝝅 is important for a half hour. Also, my arm can bend backward

 

Phoebe Kim, Instructor 

School Attending: Cal Poly Pomona

Major: Computer Science

Hobbies and Interests: Lifting, Hiking, and Snowboarding

What I love about Mathnasium: Working with kids, getting to know them through their time at Mathnasium, and watching the joy on their faces when they get a jackpot on the prize wheel!

With Mathnasium Since: August 2017

Interesting Facts: I'm a dog lover!

 

Orrin White, Instructor 

School Attended: Northeastern University

Major: Mathematics

Hobbies and Interests: In the past, I played Classical and Flamenco Guitar. I also enjoyed Cross Country Skiing and Running Rapids in my Canoe

What I love about Mathnasium: The congenial atmosphere and that the kids are always so interesting and unique

With Mathnasium Since: October 2017

Interesting Facts: I was a Class III whitewater instructor.  I've worked on a lobster board in Maine.  And, I was a wilderness Canoer

 

Wilson Tizon, Instructor 

School Attending: Pasadena City College

Major: Computer Science

Hobbies and Interests: Board Games (Chess, Go, Shogi), Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, Video Games, and Boxing

What I love about Mathnasium: Learning to become a better Instructor has turned me into a better learner in my own education and hobbies

With Mathnasium Since: December 2018

Interesting Facts: I am planning on joining a boxing gym

 

Michael Cano, Instructor 

School Attending: Cal State LA

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, Biking, and Playing Guitar

What I love about Mathnasium: The atmosphere and learning environment here at Mathnasium is amazing!  I'm thankful for the opportunity to be an educator for the next generation of brilliant minds

With Mathnasium Since: August 2019

Interesting Facts: I designed my own prototype for a motorcycle brake system during my summer internship of 2020

 

Alexander Yen, Instructor 

School Attended/Attending: UC Santa Barbara / Pasadena City College

Major: Mathematics

Hobbies and Interests: Sports (Soccer), Math, Being outdoors, and Hanging out with Friends

What I love about Mathnasium: Being a positive influence on the kids. With a love for math and for teaching math, I love the feeling when a kid finally understands a concept they struggled with

With Mathnasium Since: July 2021

Interesting Facts: I really don't like Ice Cream

 

Julianne Wong, Instructor 

School Attending: University of Southern Califonia (USC)

Major: Media Arts and Practice

Hobbies and Interests: Drawing, Dancing, and Reading Manga

What I love about Mathnasium: We can have fun in our work and still teach math

With Mathnasium Since: July 2021

Interesting Facts: I am terrified of animatronics but I love Disneyland

 

Julie Frias, Instructor 

Planning to Attend: UC Santa Cruz

Future Major: Either Political Science or Psychology

Hobbies and Interests: Thrifting, Soccer, and Going to the Farmers Market

What I love about Mathnasium: My fellow Instructors! And, that Mathnasium creates an encouraging environment for students to ask questions.

With Mathnasium Since: September 2021 (previously a Mathnasium student since 2016)

Interesting Facts: I am the Vice President of the Latinx Student Union at SPHS and the Treasurer of TASSEL (Teaching And Sharing Skills Enrich Lives) an organization that supports and mentors students in Cambodia

 

Joaquin Phillips, Instructor 

School Attending: Waverly School

Future Major: Either Aerospace Engineering or Computer Science

Hobbies and Interests: Playing Bass, Swimming, Listening to the Rain, Watching Anime, and Video Games

What I love about Mathnasium: Mathnasium is a giant community and everyone is connected

With Mathnasium Since: September 2021 (previously a Mathnasium student since 2015)

Interesting Facts: I can throw playing cards really far

 

Nicole Shabazi-Abajlou, Instructor 

School Attending: Pasadena City College

Major: Dental Assisting School

Hobbies and Interests: Painting, Sewing Cosplay Outfits, and Disneyland/Disneyana

What I love about Mathnasium: Working with kids and getting students to think critically and mathematically

With Mathnasium Since: 2017

Interesting Facts: I like cosplaying at Comic-Con

 

Jaren Sin, Instructor 

School Attending: St. Francis High School

Hobbies and Interests: Water Polo, Piano, and Music

What I love about Mathnasium: The kids and the whole environment.  I love working on and helping with math

With Mathnasium Since: November 2021

Interesting Facts: I was left-handed until the age of 5 when I broke my wrist. I eventually started writing and doing everything with my right hand

 

Jesse Dawson, Instructor 

School Attending: Waverly School

Hobbies and Interests: Soccer, Formula One, and Video Games

What I love about Mathnasium: Being able to help kids out with math - an important subject that will open up many doors for them

With Mathnasium Since: November 2021

Interesting Facts: I love to travel and I've been to over 10 countries!

 

Nolan Zweig, Instructor 

School Attending: Waverly School

Hobbies and Interests: Theme Parties, Drumming, Metal Music, Science/Math, Roller Coasters, and Disney Parks/Attractions

What I love about Mathnasium: Being able to help teach other people the subject I am passionate about. I love seeing how happy and excited the kids get when they learn something new

With Mathnasium Since: November 2021

Interesting Facts: I have designed and built 4 different roller coasters in my backyard that I have been able to ride