Mathnasium 2842 Geer Rd, Turlock CA 95382 (209) 348-6284   turlock@mathnasium.com

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Covid-19 Update: Our Center is OPEN and in compliance with CDC & State guidelines. Sessions are scheduled to maintain 6' distance between students. Online learning is also available through our platform.

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:

Our Team of Math Instructors

 

Larry Martinek, Creator of the Mathnasium Method, Chief Instructional Officer, Developer of Mathnasium Program

Larry has spent his entire career finding a better way to teach math. From inner-city public schools to acclaimed magnetLarry Martinek, Creator of the Mathnasium Method 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 curricula 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.
 

 

James Sullivan, Lead Instructor

James has been a math tutor for Mathnasium for over two years now. It's a funny story of how his journey with Mathnasium began. He had recently moved to Washington D.C. and decided to head over to a Popeyes for lunch one day. While in line, James had noticed a man wearing a shirt with the   “Mathnasium”  logo written on it and decided to spark up a conversation about it.  

James Sullivan, Lead Instructor Long story short, they chatted a bit, and he informed James that he owned a   Mathnasium center, and now, two years later James is still going strong with   Mathnasium. Prior to tutoring, James was a student at UC Merced studying biology 
 
and plans on continuing to study molecular biology at UC Santa Cruz. He really enjoys   academics and finds algebra to be the most interesting of math fields to study and   teach to others. Beyond study life, He enjoys running and staying active as much as   possible. In the near future, James is hoping to start med school and eventually pursue   a residency in psychiatry.

 Favorite Animal or Pet: Dogs
 
 Favorite Joke: Why do plants hate math? It gives them square roots. 
 
 Favorite Number: The Golden Ratio


 
 The Golden Ratio

 

 

Nav Virk, Instructor

Navdeep is a bioeconomic major and plans to continue his education at a medical school in California hoping to specialize in neurology after graduating from California  State Stanislaus University. He is originally from 

Nav Virk, Math Instructor

 India and moved to the United States at six years old. He played basketball in high   school and continues to play in college on an intramural team, he also loves to run and   play tennis in his free time. He has a passion for travel and took a solo trip to England.   Watching Netflix is another hobby that he has. In fact, he had an internship in San   Francisco at a company whose work was featured on a Netflix special. 

 
 Favorite Animal or Pet: Tardigrade (Water Bear)

 Favorite Joke: I enjoy telling scary stories on Halloween but no one ever listens                                            because they're 22.
 
 Favorite Number: 34
 
 

 

 

Lily Stessman, Instructor 


Lily is the Distinguished Young Woman of Turlock for 2021. Lily is a senior at Turlock High School and a member of the varsity track and cross county teams. She is currently taking AP Calculus and AP Statistics this coming school year and participates in science and math-based clubs such as Science Olympiad, Math Superbowl, and Software Development club.
 
Lily Stessman, Math Instructor
 Her Science Olympiad team placed 2nd at the regional competition and she has   received an individual honorable mention in the Math Superbowl the prior two years   all while maintaining a GPA of 4.59 and scoring a 780 on her Math SAT. Lily is an   accomplished pianist and has earned a Piano Certificate of Merit Level 8. She loves to   volunteer, working with younger kids to teach them coding.
 
Favorite Animal or Pet: My Dog Doozy

Favorite Math Joke: Why did the mathematician spill all of his food in the oven?
The directions said, “Put it in the oven at 180°."

Favorite Number: 4

 

 

 

Kyle Eshagh, Instructor

Kyle Eshagh is an Eagle Scout who recently graduated from Pitman High School as a Distinguished Scholar, third in his class. He was part of the varsity cross country team, participated in Science Olympiad and created the Math Club at Pitman High. Kyle is also part of the National Youth Leadership Training Staff with Scouts BSA and enjoys giving back to his community. For his Eagle Scout Project, Kyle created 12 irrigated planter boxes with a team of 30 volunteers, half of whom where from the Home Depot located in Turlock.  Kyle enjoys mentoring and teaching kids including scouts with Troop 451 as well as tutoring kids at Mathnasium. He is entering Stanislaus State University as an Junior and plans on studying Chemistry with an environmental foucs. 

 
 Favorite Animal or Pet: Fish

 Favorite Joke: If you are cold go stand in a corner. Why? Because it is always 90°. 
 
 Favorite Number: 7
 

Valeria Lizarraga, Instructor

Valeria is a mathematics major at Stanislaus State University. She holds multiple associates degrees in both mathematics and computer science. Valeria was also involved in the Math Woman's of Engineering Club, where she served as Vice President. Valeria has multple years teaching math to students both in a classroom setting as well as 1:1. Valeria enjoys helping students understand math in the simplest and most enjoyable ways possible. 

 Favorite Animal or Pet: Monkey

 Favorite Joke: Why should you never talk to Pi? Because she will go on and on forever. 
 
 Favorite Number: 2018

 

 

Wes Williams, Instructor

Wes is a Stanislaus State alumnus and former tutor with an extensive background in math. While attending Stanislaus State, Wes worked as a math tutor for several of the university departments.

 Wes graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor   or Arts in Music Technology. Wes spent two summers tutoring for the CSUS   Tutoring Center, a STEM Peer Mentor for the CSUS Central Valley Math & Science   Alliance, and has taught two summer ELM Prep courses. Between his love of   learning and love of math, Wes enjoys teaching kids math and seeing the growth   and confidence in all his students. 

 Favorite Animal or Pet: Hamster

 Favorite Joke: What does a duck and a bicycle have in common? They both have handlebars, except for the duck.
 
 Favorite Number: 26

 

 

Ramona Eshagh, Center Director 

Ramona started her career in Silicon Valley for Internet/Startup companies in marketing. After relocating to the central valley to raise her family, Ramona continued to work in various marketing positions within the nonprofit sector. In early 2015, Ramona and her husband realized that STEM/Math programs were not readily available to children in the central valley. 

With the desire to provide kids with these opportunities, Ramona worked as the director for STEM Learning, specializing in providing STEM-based education to kids in Turlock. Seeing the success and excitement from the STEM programs, Ramona wanted to provide children the opportunity of learning Math in a fun environment. Having struggled with math as a child, Ramona is enthusiastic about helping every child in the Stanislaus/Turlock community to truly understand math by teaching it in a way that makes sense to them.

Married with 2 boys, Ramona is also involved with the Cub Scouts and BSA.