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:
Tim Scifres, Owner
Tim is the Owner at Mathnasium of West Lexington. He comes to Mathnasium with 21 years of experience teaching mathematics at the high school level. He brings a passion with him to see kids gain a greater confidence and understanding with math than they ever have realized before. He believes all kids can learn math and the Mathnasium Method will provide strategies and tools for each child that comes into his center to be successful in this program. He has a wife, Jessica, and two daughters, Flora and Lilyana (both current Mathnasium students). Tim and Jessica moved to Lexington a little over 6 years ago and look forward to watching their daughters grow up here. They are also very excited to continue investing in this wonderful community. Go Cats!!
Favorite Number: 7 (number of national championships for University of Oklahoma football)
Favorite Math Joke: Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 (ate) 9.
I love Mathnasium because: I have a passion to see students succeed at math and this program is
a wonderful tool to see many success stories in the students of Fayette County.
Sandy McVoy, Center Director
Sandy is the Center Director at Mathnasium of West Lexington. Sandy was excited to begin working at Mathnasium because it allows her to challenge herself and help students gain confidence by becoming Masters of Math! Sandy brings with her experience in real estate, running Head Start Centers, teaching at the Salvation Army, among other things. Mathnasium is fortunate to have such a passionate and hard working Center Director. Sandy has been married for 23 years and has 2 children. Her daughter, a figure skater, is a Senior at Adrian College in Michigan. Her son is a Freshman at BCTC and plays Hockey for the Northern Cyclones in New Hampshire. Sandy loves to cook and try new foods.
Favorite Math Joke: Why is the math book so sad? Because it has so many problems.
I love Mathnasium because: It makes math fun.
Favorite Number: Pi, because it goes on forever.
Logan Westmoreland, Instructor
Logan is a student at the University of Kentucky pursing a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in Structural Engineering. He is also currently doing research on the structural design of railroad track beds. The thought of teaching kids who are struggling in math, and helping them enjoy it brings him joy. Logan has 2 brothers, one of which is a twin.
Favorite Number: 76 because it was my football number in highschool.
Fun Fact: I learned up to 115 decimal points of pi in high school.
I Love Mathnasium because: I get to deal with numbers all day.
Kaitlin O'Neill, Instructor
Katie is currently studying psychology at Marian University in Indianapolis. She originally came to Mathnasium as a student to get better at math but enjoyed it so much she decided she wanted to work here. She loves Mathnasium because it takes the pressure off of getting a certain grade and allows you to enjoy math. Katie is taking advantage of Mathnasium's @Home program and still working with our students while at college!
Favorite Number: 4 because my birthday is in April.
Fun Fact: I can pogo stick without using my hands!
Favorite Math Joke: I'll do Algebra, Trig and Calculus but graphing is where I draw the line.
Emily Eckert, Instructor
Emily is studying Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky. Her career goal is to work with prosthetics. She has always had a love for math and working with kids. Her family is comprised of her parents, an older brother and a dog named Ellie.
Favorite Number: 7.
Fun Fact: I am really tall!
I love Mathnasium because: I have the opportunity to invest in kids while sharing my love for math
Tony Harris, Instructor
Tony is currently in his 26th year of full-time teaching and 30th year in education. He is a high school math teacher in Boone County Schools. He has earned a Master's Degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Secondary Education with Emphasis in Math. Tony is always looking for ways to continue working in the field of math helping students, even after he retires from teaching in a few years. Tony has a great passion for helping students learn and become stronger math students.
Fun Facts: I love chess but I'm not very good. I occasionally have matches between top software programs. Sometimes I get an idea and pass it along to the programmers who use my idea.
Favorite Number: 4 because it was always my son's favorite number and we would discuss it often
I love Mathnasium because: It is a place that allows students to attend and get the help they need providing a valuable service outside of school hours and my getting to be a part of helping those students.
Catie Wharton, Instructor
Catie is a freshman at Colorado State University where she is in the Honors College and is majoring in Animal Science with a Pre-Vet pathway. She graduated from Dunbar High School this past May. Catie is working towards becoming a vet and helping animals stay healthy. Her family still lives in Lexington, along with a dog and two cats. She is also proud of her Mathematics Award from Kindergarten! Catie is taking advantage of Mathnasium's @Home program and still working with our students while at college!
Favorite Math Joke: How do you make seven an even number? Just remove the "s"!
Favorite Number: 0, because I feel like it importance is easily forgotten
I love Mathnasium because: It is more than just math. It is problem solving, critical thinking, and determination.
Rachel Harries, Instructor
Rachel is currently a student at Eastern Kentucky University pursuing a career in education as a middle or high school math teacher. Mathnasium interested her as a way to help prepare her for being in a math classroom. She is currently living at home with her mom, dad, two sisters, and 2 cats.
Fun Facts: I was homeschooled for seven years!
Favorite Number: Pi, because it is infinite and helps us find out information about circles
I love Mathnasium because: I love helping students understand math!
Grace Jacobs, Instructor
Grace is excited to see how Mathnasium promotes math in a way that people enjoy it and it's not a burden or frustrating because math is very fun! She is in her second year at UK working towards a career in pediatric medicine. She has her family here in Lexington including her sister Kate and a tiny lizard named Buddy. She has played soccer internationally in the Netherlands and England. She also loves to rock climb, ride horses, and read. She is another one of our instructors who works mainly online with our Mathanasium @Home students.
Fun Facts: I played classical guitar since I was four.
Favorite Number: 16, because it can be square rooted into 4 which can further be square rooted; it is clear and pretty in all writing styles; and I have used it as my soccer jersey number since 4th grade.
I love Mathnasium because: Math is fun and everybody gets to enjoy and share it.
Kristin Carlton, Instructor
Kristin is a student at UK working towards a Bachelors in Agriculture and Medical Biotechnology. She is working towards going to medical school and working in the healthcare industry at a hospital. She has a sister and a brother (who is 19 years younger than Kristin). She has always loved helping people with their math and seeing the impact that help can make on their lives.
Favorite Math Joke: What do you call the number 7 and the number 3 when they go out? An odd couple!
Favorite Number: 23, because I was born on the 23rd
I love Mathnasium because: I get to meet with so many kids and be a part of their learning experience!
Kelli Anderson, Instructor
Kelli graduated from Carson-Newman University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Vocal Performance. She is currently in graduate school at UK for Music Therapy. She uses a love for music and a love for math to help students succeed and grow to love math also. Kelli has two sisters and a brother. She also has a neice and two nephews. She also loves soccer and is a huge hockey fan (Go Predators!)
Favorite Number: 10, because it is my soccer jersy number and the jersey number of Pele (one of if not the greatest soccer player of all time)
Favorite Math Joke: What do you call a number that can't stay in one place? A Roamin' numeral
I love Mathnasium because: It is a fun, safe environment for students to come learn and be successful.
Ben Bratten, Instructor
Ben is a MSTC student at PL Dunbar High School preparing to go to college and pursue something related to science. Ben's brother enjoyed coming to Mathnasium as a student. He lives with mom, dad, his 4 brothers and one sister (let's not forget their pet rat). He loves playing the trumpet and is the oldest of 21 grandchildren.
Favorite Number: 2, when I was 5 years old I carried 2 camp chairs to my brother's soccer game and was proud of myself
Fun Fact: I love old video games and prefer khakis to any other pants
Favorite Math Joke: Some of my old friends are like i time pi...they are irrational and, luckily, imaginary
Marlenne Conrado Rojas, Instructor
Marlenne is in school at UK studying Engineering and Mathematics. She would like to work in Education when finishing school. She lives with her mom, dad, and her dog (named Coffee) Marlenne is passionate about math and helping others understand it better.
Fun Facts: I play 6 instruments
Favorite Math Joke: What do you call dudes who love math? Algebros!
Favorite Number: 14, it is my jersey number for softball
Andrew Groves, Instructor
Andrew is a high school math teacher who is looking to train the next generation of mathmeticians! He is married with two children, a dog, and a cat. He graduated from Asbury University with his Bachelors in Math Education and from University of the Cumberlands with a Master's Degree in Education.
Favorite Number: Pi, because it helps me to admire the beauty and order of the universe!
Fun Fact: I can play the guitar, I love Star Wars, and can talk like Donald Duck
I love Mathnasium because: they are committed to helping every student succeed in math. It is exciting work!
Madison Lauer, Instructor
Madison is working toward Bachelor's Degrees in STEM Education and Mathematics at UK. She will be graduating in May of 2021 with a goal of being a high school math teacher. She loves math and wants others to experience the same kind of passion she has towards math. She has a chinchilla named Sophie and a dog named Luna.
Fun Facts: I love to bake.
Favorite Number: I love the number 5. I like that it's a prime number and easy to work with.
I love Mathnasium because: it helps students make sense of math and gives them skills to succeed in life!
Evan Sullivan, Instructor
Evan just graduated from UK this past may with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Evan will soon begin pursuing a career in the Air Force as a pilot. He has a brother and a sister, along with 4 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 horses. He loves teaching and math, which drew him to Mathnasium.
Fun Fact: I grew up playing baseball and basketball. I have lived in Germany and Alaska.
Favorite Number: 3435, because 33 + 44 + 33 + 55 equals 3435 (the only number where this is true)
I love Mathnasium because: It teaches everyone they can be a math person!
Kate Hazelwood, Instructor
Kate is currently a student at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington where she is a member of the cross country team. Kate has 3 brothers, one is older the the two younger brothers are twin. She also has a dog who she likes to go on long walks with. Kate really likes math and loves the community feeling of Mathnasium. She would like to go into research related to Chemistry and/or Biology when she heads to college
Favorite Math Joke: Why shouldn't you let math intimidate you? Becasue it's as easy as pi!
Favorite Number: 0, because it is not positive or negative and neither even or odd
I love Mathnasium because: the community is so positive and we help kids learn to enjoy math!