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:
Sulu Jaffer, Owner/Center Director
Sulu is the Owner at Mathnasium of Tucker. Sulu believes in the Mathnasium Method so much that after enrolling his son and seeing incredible results, he changed his entire life focus. Now he wants to teach math to all kids so it makes sense to them. For the past 17 years, Sulu has been a small business owner in multiple industries. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego in Psychology with a minor in Biology and Chemistry. Sulu served his country by spending 4 years in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and Psychiatric Technician. Sulu’s realization of the importance of math as an entrepreneur has given him insight into how kids struggle with math but do not have to. After going through his own struggles with his son who attends Mathnasium of Decatur, and seeing the benefits of the Mathnasium Method, Sulu decided he wanted to help as many kids as possible. Now he is devoted to teaching math in a way that makes sense to them, and he is committed to bringing the Mathnasium Method to the children in the community. Sulu is married and in addition to his 14-year-old son, he has twin 9-year-old girls.
Jose Castejon, Assistant Center Director
Jose is the Assistant Center Director at Mathnasium of Tucker. He has a degree in Music Education from the University of Houston. He has a passion for education and for helping students achieve goals they never realized they could! After working as a classroom teacher in the Houston area, Jose moved to Atlanta and then began working at Mathnasium as an instructor and lead instructor before eventually assuming his current role as Assistant Center Director. In his spare time, Jose loves to sing in choruses, cook, play video games, and spend time with his fiancé, who also worked as an Assistant Center Director for a Houston-area Mathnasium! His favorite number is 10, because our entire number system is based on 10s.
Amir is the co-owner of Mathnasium of Tucker. Amir is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in Southern California. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside, with a degree in Business Administration, and returned to Nashville where he received his law degree from Vanderbilt University. After working as a prosecutor in DeKalb County, Amir returned to school and received his Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Florida. While Amir now practices tax law, he vividly remembers his own early struggles in math and overcoming them with help from the right tutors. Recognizing the vital role that math plays in everyday life, Amir wants to help others get ahead and stay ahead in mathematics. Amir met his wife, Maggie, in law school.
Lynisha Batson, Lead Instructor
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs in 2018, she dedicated her gap year to interning and finding her niche within the world of human rights and international non-profit management. With a high interest in child advocacy and women empowerment, Lynisha had the pleasure of working as an intern through organizations like the International Rescue Committee and as an elementary teacher in Cairo, Egypt. In her spare time, she enjoys reading teen fantasy, watching horror movies, and trying to improve her baking skills. Her favorite number is 14 because it is both her lucky and unlucky number.
Ananthu Pucha, Instructor
Ananthu attends Emory University as a Biology student. He has tutored all ages from high school to younger children. In addition to graduating as Chamblee High School's 2017 Salutatorian, he has volunteered at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Fernbank working with young students. Ananthu also scored a perfect score on the Math portion of the SAT! After college, Ananthu plans to enroll in an MD/ Ph.D. dual degree program. His favorite number is 2 because it is the only even prime number!
Amanda Fitzpatrick, Instructor
Amanda has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a Master's degree in Teaching from Georgia State University. She was a high school math teacher for 9 years before coming to Mathnasium. In her free time, she enjoys nature walks with her husband and 15-month old son and generally just spending time with family and friends. Her favorite number is 18 because it is the date of many milestone events in her life.
Celso Torres, Instructor
Celso graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis. He moved to Washington, DC where he worked as a Data Analyst for Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab for a year and a half before moving back home to Atlanta. He enjoys playing a variety of sports as well as playing music. His favorite number is 256 because it is 16 squared.
Naomi Tekeste, Instructor
Naomi is currently a senior at Parkview High School. Her hobbies include hiking and working with children. She enjoys working with children because there is always something new to learn from them. This helps drive her aspiration to become a pediatrician. She is currently taking Calculus as a fifth math credit and loves it! Her favorite number is 2 because her birthday is 2/22.
Katherine Kim, Instructor
Katherine is a math enthusiast who enjoys helping students better grasp math concepts. She is dual enrolled at Georgia State University on a biology focused pathway. When she is not studying or working, she enjoys playing the ukulele and flute, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends! Her favorite number is 12 because there are 12 months in a year and it is also the day of her birthday!
Leah Batson, Instructor
Leah is currently studying psychology at Georgia State University. She loves working with children and has volunteered in different classrooms at Shiloh Elementary School. The best part about working with children is being able to inspire and motivate them to the best they can do in whatever they are doing! In the future, she plans to become an elementary school teacher. Her favorite number is 7 because it is her lucky number!
Sanober Ismaily, Instructor
Sanober graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Medicine, Health, and Society. She then went on to complete her Master of Public Health degree at Emory University in 2016. After graduation, she worked as a Data Analyst at Emory University conducting public health research in nutrition. She comes to Mathnasium with 4+ years of professional tutoring experience. She has always enjoyed contributing towards the educational success of today's youth and is proud to join the Mathnasium of Tucker team! Her favorite number is 5, and she likes the number due to its simplicity and the ease with which we can add, subtract, multiply, and divide by 5.
Brendan Bassett, Instructor
Brendan is a senior at Chamblee High School. He enjoys math and science classes in school, and plans to study it in college. He is an accomplished musician, and has made the Georgia All-State Band 4 times! He was also a nationally ranked rock climber when he was 10 years old. Brendan loves Mathnasium because he gets to be around children and share his love of math with our students. In his spare time, Brendan plays in orchestras, enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, and is an avid photographer. His favorite number is 216, because it looks really nice on paper and he always forgets how to simplify it!
Katherine Attaway, Instructor
Katherine completed her undergraduate at Murray State University and graduate degree at Boston University; both in education after serving two years in the United States Air Force. Katherine was a middle school teacher in Tennessee and then in DeKalb County after moving to Georgia. Katherine is currently completing coursework at Georgia State University in preparation to take the actuary certification exams. She resides locally with her husband and their oversized German Shepard.