Mathnasium 1536 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa FL 33629 (813) 254-3800

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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:



Center Director/Owner

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.  

Camille, Assistant Center Director

I am currently a senior at the University of South Florida majoring in business analytics and information systems.  I went to World Class Kiteboard Academy where I had the chance to not only travel around the world but also complete Calculus AB.  I have always been passionate about math as I love finding the solution to different problems and see how they are used in our daily life.  Apart from that, I enjoy going out the the beach, surfing, and most of all, traveling to see different cultures.  The best part of teaching at Mathnasium is seeing children coming in to solve more and more complex problems.

Shana, Director of Marketing

I am a graduate of the 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 the beach and walking my jack russell terrier.



Wendy, Director of Communications

I graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth with a Bachelor of Science in journalism. I spent most of my career managing public relations and corporate communications for various technology companies. I have been married for 14 years and we have two children. Once they were older, I started volunteering my time at their respective schools. Mathnasium is a great environment and I always enjoy seeing the students’ faces light up when they see their math skills grow! As a family we enjoy spending time at the beach and paddle boarding around the Tampa Bay area.

Dario, Lead Instructor

I am a graduate of University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. In high school, I was an avid math geek and participated in the Mu Alpha Theta math club for all four years attending regional and state competitions. I come from Fort Lauderdale but have lived in Tampa ever since I attended USF. I'm an avid ultimate frisbee player and spend most of my free time playing and coaching youth teams. I love working at Mathnasium because I love seeing the kids grow to learn math in ways they didn't before.

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’ 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.

Alicia, Instructor

I’m currently a sophomore at the University of Tampa. I'm majoring in Finance. I’m originally from Newtown, Connecticut, and I am a huge patriots fan. I attended Holy Cross High School and graduated as a part of National Honors Society in 2017. In high school, I took AP Calculus and passed with an A. When I’m older, I’d like to pursue a career working in a hedge fund since I have always been interested in the stock market and the way that it works. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends, and I love playing piano, watching sports games and playing soccer. I enjoy working here at Mathnasium because I love helping students see a topic they do not understand in a new light. They get to see a different perspective than a classroom full of other students, and get the help they need in order to excell in the topic they are stuggling with. 

Brooke, Instructor

I am a sophomore at the University of Tampa studying Allied Health with a concentration in Medical Sciences, aiming to focus my career in Pediatric Oncology one day. I am from Northborough, Massachusetts, a small town 30 minutes west of Boston, where I have lived my entire life. Coming to college so far away from home, I made it a goal for myself to get as involved as possible. I am a proud member of the sorority Alpha Chi Omega. I currently have the opportunity to serve on the Executive Board for not only my sorority, but also for St. Jude Up ‘Til Dawn, an event that raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where I am the Events and Logistics chair. In the 2018 Fall semester, I was the Director of Marketing for the Greek Programming Board for UT’s Fraternity and Sorority Life. I also executed my high school’s Relay For Life event for 3 years, so leadership is a very important role to me. Growing up, I was not the best at math, so a place like Mathnasium would have been really beneficial to me as a kid. After completing both Algebra and Pre-Calculus with an A in college, I knew teaching at Mathnasium would be the perfect fit for me, because I never got the help I needed in math growing up, and now that I have that knowledge, I want to help kids further develop their math skills and understanding of the subject.

Jimmy, Instructor

I am currently a junior at Berkeley Prep. Last year I took AP Calculus AB and plan to take AP Calculus BC, Multi variable Calculus, AP Statistics, and Advanced Topics math my senior year. I am a part of math club and serve as a math and science tutor at Berkeley. I am a member of Mu Alpha Theta Society (Math Honors Society) and I volunteer at the Berkeley Academy an educational program for underprivileged kids. I am a big fan of the lighting too. In my free time, I play lacrosse for Berkeley, for my club team in the summer, and I play tennis in the fall. I love teaching at Mathnasium because I want to help kids gain confidence in math and learn to love math too.

John, Instructor

I graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.  I am from Tampa and went to Plant High School.  Throughout high school, I participated in math competitions.  My favorite sections were Algebra 2 and Calculus.  Prior to working at Mathnasium, I worked as a Beta tutor in high school tutoring Algebra 2 and AP Statistics.  I co-oped at Tampa Electric for two semesters while in college and have tutored college-level Physics.  I have taken Pre-Algebra through Calculus 3 and Differential Equations.  I have also taken a Linear Algebra course and college-level Statistics courses.  I am a certified Engineer In Training (EIT) and a member of Pi Tau Sigma.  I like fluid mechanics, nature, and roller coasters!  I am grateful for the help that has been given to me, and I want to help others with math!

Kaiya, Instructor  

 I am currently a senior at Plant High School. I took AP Calculus BC as a junior and I am taking AP Statistics this year. I have been a member of Mu Alpha Theta for the past four years of school. Prior to working at Mathnasium, I have been a tutor for National Beta Club. I love math and science and I hope to become a doctor. Over the summer I went to India to teach orphans basic math skills and how to speak English. I love working at Mathnasium because I enjoy teaching kids and I love to see their math skills improve.


Kayla, Instructor

I am a first-year student at University of South Florida. I am majoring in biochemistry and minoring in nutrition. I am also in the Honor’s college. I love fitness, science, and of course math. I am originally from West Virginia. In high school, I was president of Mu Alpha Theta. I love to travel and spend time outside. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to help children and teach them math.

Laura, Instructor

I am an Honors student at the University of South Florida, and I am majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Psychology. After I graduate USF, I’m planning on going to medical school and becoming a physician. Prior to working at Mathnasium, I was a senior volunteer at my local library and I was also a peer tutor at Clay High School, which is located in Green Cove Springs, Fl. Ever since the 4th grade, I’ve participated in math competitions. I’ve practiced Taekwondo for the last seven years, and I’ve been an Instructor at my Taekwondo school for the last four years. I love teaching at Mathnasium because I enjoy working with kids and seeing them improve on their math skills, but also see them grow to become outstanding individuals.

 Luke, Instructor

I have an Associate of Arts from Hillsborough Community College. I plan to go to the University of South Florida for a Bachelors and subsequently Masters in Statistics, but currently I’m taking a gap semester to focus on my job at Mathnasium. Back in 2015, I graduated from H.B. Plant High School with honors and a plethora of college credits.Throughout high school, I was deeply involved in the Latin, Youth in Government and Rowing clubs. As for standardized testing, I got 5s on my Calculus and Statistics AP exams and a 2150 on my SAT with a 780 on the Math section. Even in Middle School I attended the Duke TIP program for Robotics and Mathematical Analysis. I have excelled in Math my whole life and I want to help students succeed in math like I did.

Luis, Instructor

I am a research assistant and a part-time senior at the University of Tampa Department of Physics. I specialize in machine learning, computational modeling, and data science through modeling the formation of dust grains out of data collected from supernova ejecta. Outside of my research and school, I am the secretary of UT's Society of Physics Students, a non-profit pre-professional society. I also completed a Bachelors of Arts in Music with a focus on Composition. I transitioned from garage band star to earning the "Outstanding Musicianship, Performance, and Academic Achievement Award" from the University of Tampa through dedication, perseverance, and deliberate practice. I am originally from Medellín, Colombia and move to the US in 2010. After graduating from Steinbrenner High School in 2014; I joined the Florida Army National Guard as a 13-Bravo after graduating with honors from Fort Sill's Artillery School. Besides doing my regular work during drill weekends and the help they have provided me to pursue higher education; I have helped in the relief efforts for hurricanes Mathew, Irma, and Michael as part of my duty. I love working at Mathnasium because I'm passionate about learning and education and helping kids understand the fundamental language that makes our modern world possible is one of the most powerful feelings there is.   

Mackenzie, Instructor

I am a first-year student at St. Petersburg College pursuing an Associate of Arts degree, with plans of transferring to USF to major in ABA therapy. I graduated in 2017 from a small-town High School in Minnesota with dreams of moving to Florida for much warmer weather and different experiences. I have past experience teaching people with disabilities basic math along with many other necessary life skills. Math was always my favorite subject in school because nothing is better than the moment when everything you’ve been working on finally clicks and falls into place. I really enjoy being an instructor at Mathnasium because I love helping people work towards the goals they are working so hard to achieve. Nothing feels better than accomplishment!

Megan, Instructor

I am a senior at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida. I have lived in Tampa for 5 years and lived in Minnesota and Arizona before that. I plan to take AP Calculus AB and AP Statistics my senior year. Prior to working at Mathnasium, I taught two semesters of Algebra and Geometry with the Berkeley Academy, assisting underprivileged students pave their way to college. After teaching at Berkeley Academy, I realized I love watching kids learn. I teach at Mathnasium because it allows me to continue to help students better understand math. Besides loving to teach students, I love physics, playing lacrosse, and watching the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Rachel, Instructor

I am a junior at the University of South Florida, majoring in Biomedical Sciences with minors in Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Physics. I hail from Jupiter, where I graduated from Suncoast High School in 2016. Upon graduating from USF, I plan to attend medical school and become a surgeon. In my free time, I volunteer at American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, and I foster dogs. I enjoy working at Mathnasium because I love seeing children succeed at something they once struggled with. I want them to find math as pleasant as I do so that they can continue more confidently.

Sarah, Instructor

I recently joined the Mathnasium team in September 2018. I am from New Orleans, and in high school, I took Calculus I and AP Statistics. I graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2016, where I was a History major and Art History minor. While at Washington and Lee, I was a member of Chi Omega sorority and served as treasurer of the executive board. Outside of Mathnasium, I work as a full-time nanny, and during my free time, I enjoy tennis, golf and yoga. I love problem solving and critical thinking that math provides in order to find a solution. Teaching at Mathnasium is great because you help provide kids with the skills and understanding needed to succeed in math.

Surumya, Instructor 

I’m a psychology student at 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: Dr. Phillips and Winter Garden. 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 an algebra 1 and 2 classroom. The summer before college I was hired by Boys and Girls Club and instructed to teach math to kids in k-5 on a daily basis. I created my own curriculum with what I had learned at Mathnasium in mind to get these kids ready for the next school year. I continue to teach these kids through my younger high school friends and when I make trips back to Orlando. 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, including but not limited to number sense and problem solving!

Tessa, Instructor

I am currently a junior at the University of Tampa majoring in nursing, and I have been working at Mathnasium since March of 2017.  I grew up in Durango, a beautiful small town in southwest Colorado. I graduated from high school in May of 2015, and chose to come to Florida to leave the snow behind for warmth and the surrounding beaches. In addition to my high school math classes, I have recently succeeded in college algebra. Prior to working at Mathnasium I was a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters,  Animas High School Mentors, an  Assembly Leader, an Ambassador for my high school and a member of the President’s Leadership Fellows at the University of Tampa. In January of 2017 I completed my National Registry Exam of Emergency Medical Technicians, allowing me to work as an EMT. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family at the lake house, paddle boarding, dancing, and exploring the mountains in my hometown. I love that every day at Mathnasium is different, and the kids always manage to make me laugh. Nothing is more rewarding than to watch students understand and master something new every time I am able to work with them.

Zoe, Instructor

I have been working at Mathnasium since my senior year in high school at HB Plant. I completed all honors math courses (Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry). Prior to that, I was a student at Mathnasium for 3 years. I graduated high school with honors and am currently enrolled in the Honors Institute at Hillsborough Community College. I am a living example of how Mathnasium can prepare students for successful math understanding. The tools I learned during my time as a student taught me how to best help others learn. I was tutored by patient, creative and skilled instructors. That experience prepared me to be the best instructor I can be today.