Mathnasium 9700 Kingston Pike, #4, Knoxville TN 37922 (865) 769-6944

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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:

Regional DirectorMike O'Hern, Owner

Mike earned his Bachelor's Degree in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1988. He pursued graduate studies in Materials Science & Engineering while on the Research Staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Mike has worked as a research scientist, as well as in marketing and management.

Mike and his wife, Mary Lou, co-founded the Knoxville Children's Choir in 1996, providing a fun and wholesome atmosphere for children to learn about music and grow as individuals with joy and confidence. That experience, together with a 25-year history of teaching children and youth in local schools and church, led Mike to the conclusion that his passion lies in building character and confidence in young people.

Mike has had a life-long love of mathematics and teaching, and feels that math is not about learning to be ready for the next math class - it's about learning to think. He feels that Mathnasium is a great vehicle to build confidence in kids. "When a child develops that 'numbers sense' that helps them succeed in math, a whole new world opens up to them. That, in turn, builds a confidence that is born of real accomplishment, a confidence that spills over into all aspects of their lives." He's excited to bring Mathnasium to the children of Knoxville, where he will continue to contribute to students in his community. 


Shalini S., Instructor 

Shalini grew up in Knoxville and graduated from the University of Tennessee. Although  Shalini has always loved mathematics, she remembers some early concepts that were  difficult for her to understand. With that in mind, she is eager to help young students who  are struggling in math. She wants them to be confident in their math skills, and even if they  don't develop a love for math, she hopes they won't fear it anymore! 



  Jennifer S., Instructor

  Jennifer grew up in southern Michigan and received her Bachelor in Christian Education    from Biblical Life College and Seminary.  After teaching mathematics at a private school    in Vermont for 13 years, she spent 18 years teaching mathematics and career and             college preparation at international Christian schools in South Korea and China.  Jennifer   returned to the States the summer of 2018 and settled in the Knoxville area that fall.  She has always enjoyed mathematics and working with students of all ages.  She especially enjoys helping students who struggle with math discover ways to overcome those struggles and discover that math can be fun!


 Stacy L., Instructor 

 Stacy has always loved math and found it easy.  He earned a bachelor's degree in math and  physics with a Spanish minor from Georgetown College.  He went on to receive master's  and doctorate degrees in physics from the University of Kentucky.  When he's not at Mathnasium, Stacy also teaches astronomy at Roane State Community College.


 Bill Y., Instructor

 Bill received a B.S. in Industrial Management and an M.S. in Mathematics Education   from the University of Tennessee.  He lives in Knoxville and enjoys spending time with his   wife, Janet, his two daughters and his four grandchildren.  Bill has been teaching high   school math for 49 years (which is weird because he told us he was only 39 years old?!?)



 Bhargavi M., Instructor 

Bhargavi is a Knoxville native.  She is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville studying neuroscience.  Learning math has always been interesting to her, although it was often challenging.  She loves working with kids and hopes to help them understand and stregthen math concepts they may be struggling with.  In her free time, she loves to travel and is an active member of her sorority.