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:
Shannon Danielson, Center Director/Owner
I graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, I worked for fifteen years in the engineering and technology industry. I have volunteered extensively in the local schools, working with students in reading and math. I have been married for 30 years, and we have two sons, David, a graduate of Davidson College majoring in Math and Economics, and Patrick, a junior at Davidson College majoring in Computer Science. Sharing my passion for math and learning with the instructors and the students makes this one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had.
Karina, Assistant Center Director
I am a graduate of the University of South Florida where I majored in Psychology and minored in Creative Writing. I have spent two years working as a registered behavior technician for children where I discovered my love for working with children to achieve their goals. I have always loved learning and teaching, so I am excited to apply this passion at Mathnasium to help students build their love for math. In my free time I enjoy traveling, snowboarding, backpacking, and I rekindled a love for playing video games. Please help us welcome Karina as she is starting with us in January.
Shana, Director of Marketing
I am a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BA in Communications. After college, I worked for the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Marketing departments. I have one son, who is currently attending Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. I enjoy working with schools educating families about the benefits of a strong math foundation. I love to travel, the beach, and walking my jack russell terrier.
Wendy, Director of Communications
Wilman, Lead Instructor
I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and recently achieved a degree in software development. In high school, I absolutely loved participating in math competitions, especially the national level ones, because we had the chance to visit other states with our fellow classmates. Having first tutored students in mathematics back in high school for community service hours, I have over 10 years of experience in tutoring this subject. I love working at Mathnasium because of the positive learning environment. The students are not the only ones benefiting from their experience here; the instructors feel privileged and honored to have been part of the students’ growth in mathematical comprehension and confidence in problem-solving.
Austin, Senior Instructor
I am from Tampa and graduated from Florida State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astrophysics with a minor in Mathematics. I am currently at the University of South Florida performing research and pursuing a degree in Chemistry. While at Florida State, I was a member of the Society of Physics Students club which participated in outreach programs and science demonstrations. For fun, I like to play strategy, card, and board games and hang out with my friends. I enjoy teaching at Mathnasium because I myself love to learn and want to give others the same joy I experience when I learn something new. I hope to one day get my Ph.D. in Chemistry to become a professor in order to teach others to love learning as I do.
Michael, Senior Instructor
I am currently a senior at the University of South Florida majoring in chemical engineering, where I have completed calculus 1-3 and differential equations. Prior to starting college, I served in the United States Navy for 8 years as a nuclear technician responsible for maintaining chemistry and monitoring radiation levels. I enjoyed learning the intricacies of plant operations and utilizing mathematical principles to predict various changes in plant parameters. I used this passion to train junior sailors on reactor plant operations, receiving several achievement medals for my division’s knowledge and proficiency. I continued to teach others in college where I became a tutor for student veterans in physics, mathematics, and chemistry. I am very into fitness and sports and play in a couple of adult kickball leagues. I enjoy teaching at Mathnasium because I love seeing students progress and grow, gaining confidence to tackle and pursue more rigorous problems.
Surumya, Senior Instructor
I’m a psychology student in the honors program at the University of Tampa. I’m originally from Orlando where I attended Lake Highland and took classes up to calculus and AP statistics. During my junior and senior years of high school, I worked for two other Mathnasium locations in the Orlando area. I have also taught math to various kids of different levels in my volunteer work at the New Image Youth Center, Boys and Girls Club, and as a student assistant during my senior year in algebra 1 and 2 classrooms. I was awarded my class’s community service award at graduation, am a published author, play tennis, and run a support group for teens with epilepsy. I absolutely love working with kids and making a difference in their life and hope to become a psychologist for kids with special needs.
I am currently a senior at the University of South Florida where I double major in Marketing (BS) and Music Studies (BA). I split most of my time between USF’s business and music schools. In USF’s Muma College of Business, I am a member of the American Marketing Association. In the USF School of Music, I take part in the Jazz program. I play saxophone and various woodwind instruments in USF Jazz Ensembles. Throughout high school, I was very much a band geek and to this day probably still am. After I graduate, I hope to pursue a master’s degree in Music Business and build a career somewhere in the music industry. I enjoy working at Mathnasium because helping students achieve success in math is rewarding. Seeing students continuously improve skills and confidence in mathematics is what I strive to provide here at Mathnasium.
I graduated from The University of Tampa in Tampa, Fl with a Bachelor of Sciences in mathematics and a minor in physics. After graduation, I worked at multiple companies doing financial and mortgage analytical work. Along with mathematics, I also love helping and inspiring kids who have an interest in music. I have volunteered extensively in the local school system, helping kids learn music. I have worked with the Instruments of Change, a grant foundation, to help 5th graders become better musicians and grow on the instrument of their choice. I'm married to Anna Rice, who is the music teacher at Chiaramonte Elementary School. She has taught me about what it means to be a good teacher, and how to help kids that are struggling become better at anything they put their minds to. Sharing my passion for math and learning with the students makes this an incredibly rewarding job. I can't wait to meet and work with you all.
I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Behavior with a Minor in Health Disparities. During my time at UF, I tutored students in anatomy and physiology, as well as other health and humanities-related courses. I also worked as an elementary tutor for an underserved area in Gainesville. Prior to college I was a member of the Beta Honor Society at H.B. Plant High school and tutored high school students. Currently, I am attending Hillsborough Community College as I pursue a degree in Radiation Therapy. I truly enjoy helping others grow and learn in whatever capacity I can and Mathnasium is the perfect outlet to allow me to achieve this.
I am a senior in the IB program at Robinson High School. I’ve taken the AP Statistics and AP Calculus AB courses and earned an 800 on the math section of the SAT. I am a member of the National Honor Society and an Eagle Scout. Outside of school, I enjoy playing chess and spikeball. I love working at Mathnasium because I enjoy working with kids and it gives me the opportunity to spread my passion for and knowledge of math with them while watching them succeed.
I am a freshman at the University of South Florida majoring in Computer Science. I am a Tampa native and graduated from Robinson IB with a 5.8 major. I was a member of the band all four years and a drum major my senior year. I also participated in basketball and soccer. When I am not working or studying, I like to take care of my plants, binge TV, and work on a variety of creative projects. I am very excited to be working at Mathnasium to be able to see the students grow and achieve success in math and know that I was able to help.