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:
Vincent Martinez, Owner/Director
Vince is a native El Pasoan returning home after a 30-year retail career with Wal-Mart where he served in executive positions at their corporate offices. He was responsible for overseeing the San Francisco, and Austin to Houston markets. Vince learned the importance of math skills early on. Vince studied Electrical Engineering, Computer Information Systems, and Business Management. He has focused on the development of leaders his entire career. He most recently taught a leadership class in his local high school aimed at developing leadership among the senior class. Vince and his wife of 30 years, Lindy, have 3 children- one daughter graduated in Business Management/Fashion Design from Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, one daughter graduated in Bio-Med at UTEP, and readying for med school, and one son attending NMSU in Entomology. Vince has been exposed to a broad spectrum of various math curriculums from just his children alone. He has also served his communities as a church board trustee, member of the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce in Austin, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the East Bay of CA, and on the Advisory Board of the NAACP in Hayward, CA. Vince and Lindy are proud to bring Mathnasium to the El Paso area (both East and West locations), "Math is the road that leads to problem solving in all professions, and it is our mission to give every child the ability to reach their potential".
Adolfo Flores III, Lead Center Instructor/Admin
Hello, my name is Adolfo Flores III,
I was born and raised in El Paso Texas. I am a UTEP graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. I have always had a talent for understanding math and helping others understand since high school and even worked as a Lab Instructor in El Paso Community College.
My interests include playing games, watching animated shows which have inspired my pursuit of knowledge in the entertainment industry, learning computer programming and graphical design. I hope to someday make my own games and even an animated television show. Taking all my ideas, and putting them on a screen and seeing them in motion. It is my dream to be a part of the talented people who can create their own worldsand it starts with th eunderstanding of math.
Trinity Letuli, Lead Learning Center Instructor
Iris Troche, Early Elementary Center Instructor
I am Iris Troche.
I grew up in up in Montana on a wheat farm owned by my family. Growing up on the farm was not only an adventure but also involved a lot of math! This was where my passion for teaching and a love for working with youth started. I attended the University of Nebraska and received a Bachelors of Science in Education. Shortly following graduation, life changed and I spent the next 20 years raising my 5 children with my husband, El Paso Attorney, Joe Troche. All 5 children attended the EPISD schools and over the years, we did a lot of homework! Our favorites were math and all the fun science projects we competed with through the years.
I entered the workforce as a 5th grade educator at a private Christian school where I taught all curriculum for many years. It was a blessing to see satisfied parents and students who love school! I was the Science Chairman for our school, and every year also the ACSI Science Chairman for private schools across the city, which was held at the Sunland Park Mall.
In addition to my role with Mathnasium, I substitute teach in the Canutillo ISD for various grades and needs. On Sundays I am a part of the music team (keyboard) at WCC. I serve as an election judge and stay involved with community events. It is a real privilege to study math with the smart students at Mathnasium and I look forward to meeting more awesome math students!
Katelyn Plautz, Online Center Instructor
My name is Katelyn Plautz. I was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri. There I received my Bachelors degree in Middle School Math Education. I am a certified math teacher and am perusing a Masters degree in Math Education.
Growing up I was extremely involved in my church and volunteered to help in every children’s ministry opportunity I could. Math has always been a passion of mine but in volunteering for vacation bible school and teaching children’s church is where I found my love of working with children.
I recently got married and moved to El Paso. In my spare time I like to hang out with my husband and dog, be outdoors and cook.
Sam Wang, Learning Center Instructor
My name is Sam Wang. I was born in Taiwan, Taipei and I moved to El Paso when I was four-years-old. I am currently a freshman at UT Austin. While a senior at Coronado High School, I participated in the school’s UIL Math Team, Computer Science Team, and the High-Q team. I played basketball for 2 years and I still enjoy playing it during my spare time. In addition, I also participated in the school’s Key Club, Chemistry Club, Physics Club, and Future Doctors of America.
Math has always been one of the most interesting subjects for me, especially in classes like Physics and Chemistry. I find the idea of mathematics to be simple and understandable, which is why I hope to help other kids understand math concepts and the importance of the subject.
Taeyku Lee, Learning Center Instructor
My name is Taekyu Lee and I am currently a freshman at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. I was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to El Paso at
the age of six.
While at Coronado High School, I participated in the rigorous IB
Program and a number of other extracurriculars such as the
UIL Math Team and the National Honor Society. My qualifications were
reflected in my academic status as part of the top 2% in my
class, National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, and a US Presidential
Scholars Program Candidate.
Aside from academics, I have also found a passion for giving back to my community through volunteering, whether it be by directing an orchestra in nursing homes, working at the local food bank and the hospital, and teaching elementary students during VBS.
I’ve always been captivated by Math’s purity and its derivation from absolute, logical thinking, making it one of my favorite academic subjects. Through Mathnasium, I hope to show other students the hidden beauty of math by helping them improve on their rational thinking and understanding of mathematical concepts.
Barbara Chessa, Learning Center Instructor
My name is Barbara Chessa, and I am happy to be part of the amazing team at Mathnasium. A long time ago I got a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. That opened doors of opportunity so I could do creative product design, which was something I had always wanted to do.
It thrilled me to see ideas become transformed into actual working products, and then to see people using those products. When my husband and I relocated to El Paso, I took “time off” to be with our young kids. Volunteering to be a soccer coach, which was really like being a soccer teacher, I discovered a passion for teaching. I started an afterschool science course at our kids’ school and became fascinated by how kids learn – and how to make learning fun.
Teaching at various other venues for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education led me to pursue my Alternative Teaching Certification. As part of that training, I taught Geometry and Precalculus for a semester at a local public high school. Partly why I chose to focus on teaching math is that my husband, an engineering professor at UTEP, sees that many of his incoming students lack a decent understanding of it, which affects their chances for academic success. I have always had a strong appreciation of math’s relevance to not only engineering but also to the world, since if you choose to see it, it is everywhere.
I think the way students become good at math is similar to how kids become good at soccer. To learn soccer, the more “touches” a player has with the ball, the better the player becomes. Likewise, the more practice a student has doing math, the better the student. Mathnasium is all about meaningful practice in a supportive environment. I am proud to be a part of each student’s journey, so that ultimately, more doors of opportunity will be open for them, just as they were for me.
Alex Spurbeck, Learning Center Instructor
I'm Alex. I am a graduate of Coronado High School and am currently enrolled at Texas Tech University studying Electrical engineering. I enjoy working with students of all ages having had numerous jobs such as vacation bible school volunteer, working summer camps with kids, and teaching junior develoment over the past summer. I beleive this experience will allow me to be a more effective instructor at Mathnasium.
I also believe that a good education allows students to achieve their maximum potential in life, and since Mathnasium allows for kids to learn math in a unique and fun way, it’s a perfect match!
Tioba Akinjaiyeju, Learning Center Instructor
My name is Tioba Akinjaiyeju, and I am currently a senior at Deerfield Academy in Western Massachusetts. Math is my passion and has been for as long as I can remember.
I attended Mathnasium when I was younger, so I am very excited to come back and teach math where I was taught! Even though I attend school across the country, El Paso has been my home for over sixteen years. I spent my freshman year at Coronado High School as a part of the top 1% of my class and a student executive officer. Now, I attend boarding school, where I am involved in many school and community outreach programs. I have learned so much from my leadership opportunities at Coronado and my current school as chair of the Foreign-Americans Alliance, a voting member on the academic honor committee, and a COVID-19 response team leader in New Jersey.
These experiences have helped me understand that a willingness to learn is just as important as the ability to teach. I am glad to be back in the El Paso heat and community, excited to share my love for math with other students, and ready to learn from them as well!
Nina Chessa, Learning Center Instructor
My name is Nina Chessa. I have lived in El Paso my whole life and I am excited to be giving back to my community through teaching math.
I am currently a senior at Coronado High School in the top 1% of my class. I also participate in extracurriculars at Coronado such as National Honor Society, debate club, and the varsity track team. I have previous experience working with kids as a summer camp counselor and as a trainer teaching high school freshmen at the National Hispanic Institute.
Math has always been one of my favorite subjects and I enjoy helping students understand and grow to love math. I hope to show students that math can be fun and interesting, instilling in them a lifelong love of math and learning.
Christopher Reynolds, Learning Center Instructor
I am a recent UTEP mechanical engineering grad. I love trains, planes, automobiles, buildings and appliances.
My hobbies include fixing computers and giving unsolicited advice. I use math in every aspect of my life. Test prep is my passion!
Derrick Castillo, Learning Center Instructor
My name is Derrick Castillo and I am a junior mechanical engineering student at UTEP! I knew I wanted to be an engineer like my dad ever since I was very little, but throughout my younger years as a student I constantly found myself struggling just to keep up with the new math concepts introduced at school. I would need to work twice as hard and go to countless hours of after-school tutoring with the teachers to achieve the same grades as my classmates. This all made me doubt the possibilities of my dreams in engineering.
It all changed in 12th grade precalculus when my teacher saw my seemingly perpetual struggles and took a unique approach to helping me. Instead of memorizing concepts, we looked deep into why that formula was the way it was or why it would be used in specific situations. When I didn’t understand, she would teach me that same concept a dozen different ways if she had to, any possible way to avoid just memorizing how something was to pass a test and then forget it right after.
This class completely revolutionized the way I looked at and learned math, and I only wish I could have had my eyes opened sooner. My goal is to give struggling students the same display of patience and willingness to go beyond what would normally be taught as my teacher showed me using Mathnasium techniques.
Aby Frierson, Learning Center Instructor
Hi, my name is Abigail (Aby) Frierson,
I’m a senior at Coronado High School. I’ve been an AP student for all four years. At school I participate in debate club, lead in my school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, and have founded Coronado’s first Black Student Union.
Outside of school I have experience workig and teaching kids from kindergarten to middle school at Temple Mt. Sinai’s Sunday school. I also work with kids of the same ages as a summer camp counselor for the YMCA. Outside of school, I lead in the Sunrise movement for environmental justice, have organized community events with various organizations, work with Give or Take Booking in our city’s local music scene, and make music with my two bands.
I’ve always had a passion for learning, teaching, and working with others. As a former student at Mathnasium, I’ve come to love and appreciate the process of learning and helping others with math. As an instructor, I’m excited to apply the same love of learning and patience that was promoted when I was a student at Mathnasium now to our students.
Payton Wells, Learning Center Instructor
My name is Payton Walls and I am currently a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences at UTEP. I am originally from Tennessee but have lived in El Paso for about 11 years now. I hope to become a veterinarian in the future as I have always had a deep passion for animals.
As far as mathematics, I have always picked up on the subject very quickly. My math experience includes pre-algebra all the way to calculus II. The one great thing about teaching math or anything for that matter is that if you find a way to relate the subject to the student, they will learn it faster and much easier. I hope I will be able to leave a lasting impression on every student I instruct, I look forward to working with you!
Kevin Mata, Learning Center Instructor
I am Kevin Mata, I was born in El Paso, Texas, but I was raised in Ciudad Juarez. I am currently a senior at El Paso High School where I am part of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and varsity soccer. I plan to study mechanical engineering at UTEP, and I love math.
I feel honored to be a part of the Mathnasium team and I hope I can change many students’ lives by teaching them how to fall in love with learning. I am extremely grateful for all the people that have been involved in my academic success and I use them as an example in order to pay back what they have given me.
Ela Aldrete, Learning Center Instructor
Hi, my name is Ela Aldrete.
I am currently a senior at El Paso High School. I have taken many AP classes throughout my 4 years of high school including Calculus BC and Statistics this year. I am on the varsity soccer team and I love being outdoors. I plan to attend the University of Arizona and study Civil Engineering.
Math has always been my favorite subject and I believe once a student gets the hang of it, it can also be their’s. I’m very excited to work with students to get a better understanding of math and practice their skills.