Our staff is built to teach each student individually, to develop the skills they need to thrive in mathematics, and to foster a love of learning.

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 multiple 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 who can count, and those who 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 organization 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.

Max Duran

Instructor

The Mayor of Mathnasium Award, Fall 2021

Max has a Bachelor's of Psychology from UTSA, where he focused his studies on different cognitive strategies to facilitate learning. In his free time, he gathers tools and supplies for people in need, including collecting donations for Haven of Hope and Childsafe in San Antonio.

Favorite Number: 5. The reason I love 5 so much is because it is easy to use and manipulate in many mental strategies. For example, 250 times 5 is the same as 250 times 10, divided by 2.

Favorite Math Joke: What did the triangle say to the circle? You're pointless!

In five years, I will be: Hopefully opening a nonprofit to help those in need of basic math tutoring. I wish to break the banking model of education and introduce a problem-posing model of learning. This model was introduced by Paulo Freire, and it involves presenting students with worldly problems that relate to their lives. It also pushes them to analyze how and why those problems exist. This empowers people to question their conditions as well as encouraging a mentor-peer dialogue.

I love Mathnasium because: It shapes the learning plan to the child and not the child to the learning plan. I am able to help give students the confidence to tackle their math work.

Hareem Musa

Lead Instructor

Instructor of the Semester Finalist, Spring 2021

The Mathnasium Messenger Award, Fall 2021

Hareem is a student at Ronald Reagan High School. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, journaling, and volunteering. Fun fact: she used to attend Mathnasium when she was in elementary school!

Favorite Number: Infinity, because it always goes above and beyond!

Favorite Math Joke: Why did the girl always wear glasses during math class? They improve di-vision.

In five years, I will be: Completing my undergrad and getting ready to further pursue my dreams in grad school.

I love Mathnasium because: It allows for students to be truly confident in their math skills and gain a passion for the subject. I love having the opportunity to shape kids’ lives and help them become the best mathematicians they can be!

Taylor Jones

Instructor

The Team Player Award, Fall 2021

The Professor Award, Fall 2021

Taylor is a Computer Engineering major at UTSA; they want to pursue research and make knowledge more accessible to everyone. They are passionate about art, video games, and cartoons.

Favorite Number: 0 - it’s a number that means “nothing” and has a really interesting history behind it.

Favorite Math Joke: I hired an odd-job man to do 8 jobs for me. When I got back, he’d only done jobs 1, 3, 5, and 7.

In five years, I will be: Hopefully finishing up my computer engineering master’s and applying for a PhD program.

I love Mathnasium because: Mathnasium gives students the knowledge to not only complete their homework, but also to be able to generally problem solve and use the math skills they've gained in areas outside the classroom.

Jocelyn Stokes

Instructor

The Team Player Award, Spring 2021

Jocelyn is a student at Reagan High School. She was born in Vancouver, WA, but grew up in San Antonio. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, and playing the viola!

Favorite Number: 55, because in German it's fünfundfünfzig, which is fun to say!

Favorite Math Joke: What is a mathematician's favorite kind of tree? A geometree!

In five years, I will be: Attending an 18-month mission for my church.

I love Mathnasium because: I get to help someone have that "aha" moment when they finally understand.

Ahsan Hussain

Instructor

Ahsan is a senior at Ronald Reagan High School. He loves to garden, read, and help his friends with their math homework!

Favorite Number: 10, because it is a very easy number to work with! All the measurements in the metric system are based off of the number 10, because it is so easy to multiply and add with.

Favorite Math Joke: I failed my calculus test because I was seated between two identical twins. I could not differentiate between them.

In five years, I will be: A senior in college working to get accepted to medical school!

I love Mathnasium because: I love doing math while having fun!

Allison Podanoffsky

Instructor

Allison is a student at Smithson Valley High School. She was born in Tijuana, Mexico, but has lived in Texas most of her life. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and listening to music.

Favorite Number: 5, because it makes counting really easy! All you have to do is jump from 5 to 0 to 5 again for the units digit while changing the tens digit.

Favorite Math Joke: How many mathematicians does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 0.9999999...

In five years, I will be: Hopefully a senior at a university, maybe UT, working on my Bachelor's degree in Astronomy.

I love Mathnasium because: We create a learning plan unique to each student that allows them to grow into the best mathematician they can be!

Anju Soman

Instructor

Anju attends Ronald Reagan High School and enjoys math as well as singing and dancing!

Favorite Number: 36, because that has been the volume I always set the TV to ever since I was little.

Favorite Math Joke: Who was the roundest knight at King Arthur’s table? Sir Cumference. How did he get so round? He ate too many π’s.

In five years, I will be: Attending college.

I love Mathnasium because: I appreciate how Mathnasium develops and adapts custom plans for students depending on their current and progressing knowledge.

Jesus Bermea

Instructor

Jesus was born and raised in Seguin, TX. He is currently attending UTSA and plans to major in either Engineering or Architecture. He enjoys going to art galleries, playing badminton, watching movies, going hiking, and traveling.

Favorite Number: 1.618, also known as Phi, because it is a number that is observed in many natural phenomena.

Favorite Math Joke: I will do any kind of math, except graphing. Graphing is where I draw the line.

In five years, I will be: Graduated from college, hopefully with a job in tech, the medical field, or aerospace engineering.

I love Mathnasium because: It allows for students who are struggling or excelling in math to get a deeper understanding and appreciation for math. I love being a role model for younger kids and helping them achieve their best selves.

Juan Hernandez

Instructor

Juan is a student at UTSA majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He loves designing, building, and most of all math. He values his family and friends and hopes to make an impact on everyone he meets.

Favorite Number: 1, because of the connections and puns it has with my name. I'll always be Number Juan.

Favorite Math Joke: Why did the math book look sad? Because it had so many problems.

In five years, I will be: Finishing my Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering while applying to jobs at Boston Dynamics and other robotics companies.

I love Mathnasium because: It helps kids of all ages have a brighter outlook on Mathematics. For some it helps them conquer their fears and struggles with math, and for others it sparks a passion they never thought was possible. The possibilities are endless and worthwhile.

Jadon Johnston

Instructor

Jadon is a student at Reagan High School. He is an active participant on the Varsity track team in the 200m and 400m races. He has lived in Texas all his life, except for the three years he lived in Canberra, Australia! In his spare time, he likes to work out, drive, and watch YouTube videos.

Favorite Number: 18, because it's the day of my birthday, and it will be the most important birthday of my life.

Favorite Math Joke: Did you hear what the 0 said to the 8? "Nice belt!"

In five years, I will be: Settled down and living a comfortable and happy life.

I love Mathnasium because: It allows kids to be confident in their math skills and learn in a more personalized way than they can in the classroom.

Ko Todd

Instructor

Ko is currently a student attending Texas A&M University studying engineering. In his free time, he enjoys 3D modeling, programming, and game developing.

Favorite Number: My favorite number is 3, because it's short, simple, and not 4.

Favorite Math Joke: What did the triangle say to the circle? "You're pointless"

In five years, I will be: Working at a tech company as a software engineer.

I love Mathnasium because: It helps me simplify complex problems to be presented to a younger audience.

Henry Taylor

Instructor

Henry Taylor was born in New Hampshire but shortly after moved to and grew up in Virginia. He Graduated with an Associates in Mathematics in 2021 shortly after moving to Texas.

Favorite Number: 9. It's a very fun number to work with and was the first number I came up with a trick for.

Favorite Math Joke: Dear math, Please stop asking us to find your "x". She's never coming back, and don't ask "y".

In five years, I will be: Doing my best to help whoever's in my life at that time, and trying to make the best of what I have.

I love Mathnasium because: It strives to give children the same love and understanding of math that my teachers gave me growing up.

Nazeeha Lalani

Instructor

Nazeeha has graduated from Johnson High School in 2021 and is now attending the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a Sophomore in college and is studying the education field, hoping to teach mathematics for middle school.

Favorite Number: 2, because it is my birth date as well as my entire family shares the number 2 in their birth dates.

Favorite Math Joke: Parallel lines have so much in common... It's a shame they'll never meet.

In five years, I will be: Probably student teaching.

I love Mathnasium because: It provides students a new way of thinking about math, along with short cuts, hopefully growing their love for math.

Wassan Abdelkarim

Instructor

Wassan was born in Sudan, lived in Egypt, and moved to the U.S. when she was only 4 years old. She grew up in San Antonio, but wants to move to a snowy place when she's older. She is extremely social and loves to meet new people. She loves spending time with her friends and family when she gets the chance.

Favorite Number: 99­, because it's unique and very close to 100!

Favorite Math Joke: We all know 7 8 9, but why did 7 eat nine? Because he needed to eat 3 square meals a day.

In five years, I will be: Almost done with my undergrad with a double major in political sciences and psychology. I am hoping to pursue a career in medicine or law, but I'm not sure which one yet.

I love Mathnasium because: It gives all children the opportunity to grow at their own pace while being surrounded by individuals who help them maximize their potential.

Savannah Rakowitz

Instructor

Savannah is a student at Smithson Valley High School and was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. She enjoys playing violin competitively, math tutoring, and volunteering in her local community. She also loves being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Favorite Number: 9, mainly because it's divisible by 3, and a triangle (one of the most powerful shapes on Earth) has 3 sides.

Favorite Math Joke: Why was six afraid of seven? Seven eight nine!

In five years, I will be: Graduating from college, hopefully with a bachelors of science in statistics, data science, or informatics.

I love Mathnasium because: Mathnasium offers a calculated perspective and attention to students unlike that of schools with larger student bodies. Sometimes, students can feel frustrated without individualized attention from teachers. At Mathnasium, however, kids can feel like they have a new set of eyes to make sure they understand the material.

Our Mathnasium Mission

Teach children math so they understand it, master it, and love it. Math can change their lives, and they can change the world.

What I love about Mathnasium is the ability to teach problem-solving skills and make math make sense, while also making a student smile.
Amber W., Mathnasium Instructor
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