Why does our staff love Mathnasium?
It offers a safe, encouraging, and fun learning environment for students, allowing them to unlock their full potential and setting them up for success in the future.
Katie Pavleszek, Instructor
I've never experienced anything more rewarding than instilling mathematical confidence in kids of all ages, and watching them go out into the world unafraid of the challenges math can present.
David Yang, Center Director
We create an environment where students feel comfortable asking questions, which allows them to have those "Aha!" moments on concepts they've been struggling with.
Lauren McLean, Assistant Center Director
It gives me a chance to help kids boost their confidence in their math skills, and get rid of that unnecessary fear of taking on any math problem!
Saidif Mejia, Instructor
Meet our Instructor of the Semester winners!
Agustin Valdes, Spring 2021
Mathnasium of Schertz
Agustin graduated from Judson Early College Academy and hopes to become an electrical engineer in the future. He enjoys math and science above other subjects. Agustin will be pursuing electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. Besides math, he enjoys reading, programming and working with robots in his spare time.
Agustin was nominated because...
"Agustin always walks into the center with a smile on his face! He’s always willing to help students and instructors alike with whatever they may need—be it grading, teaching high-level concepts (or just adding integers, if that’s what a student needs) or anything else that might need doing! Students that join his table always enjoy their sessions, as told by the way their faces are lit up as they walk out the door!
While Agustin does fantastic work in the center, he excels elsewhere, as well. For the past couple of years, he has been a part of his school’s Robotics Club and has helped them to win in competitions! He has also competed in the State Academic Decathlon, and is working on gaining acceptance into college!
Agustin is an excellent instructor, maintains awesome grades, participates in interesting and challenging extracurricular activities, and hopes to satisfy his hunger for knowledge by furthering his education—all of which shows just how great he is!"
Ki'Anna August, Fall 2020
Mathnasium of College Station
Ki'Anna is an Honors Animal Science major from Beaumont, TX. She will be continuing her education at Texas A&M through a Masters of Science program in Animal Science. She enjoys playing volleyball and learning how to make delicious recipes from watching YouTube videos. She also loves spending time with family and close friends.
Ki'Anna was nominated because...
"One of the most important traits of any Mathnasium instructor is to be a role model to the students we serve. Ki'Anna August exemplifies this daily through her passion for education, her superior work ethic and her commitment to the service of others. Although she is an outstanding instructor, Ki'Anna does not simply instruct. She plays an active role in ensuring that the learning plan for each student she works with is customized at the appropriate level. When she is not working in-center, she is working online, while at the same time as taking 21-semester hours and interviewing at veterinary schools. She does not wait to be asked, nor does she ask what needs to be done. In her spare time, Ki'Anna makes the 4 hour drive to Beaumont on the weekends to work at an animal emergency hospital.
It is so rewarding to see when kids walk in and their faces immediately light up because they see her. She is able to have such an impact on these students that their whole day is made just by being and talking with her!"
Reagan Herreth, Spring 2020
Mathnasium of College Station
Reagan studied Civil Engineering at Texas A&M. She comes from the great city of Houston, TX. She enjoys reading any book she can get her hands on, listening to classic country & western music, and watching old tv shows from the 60s and 70s.
Reagan was nominated because...
"Reagan always brings a positive attitude whenever she enters the doors. Her selfless heart provides so much support and helps our center run efficiently. As a literal walking ray of sunshine, she helps brighten our students' day and encourages them in any way she can! The Instructor of the Semester award should be determined by not only their ability to instruct, but also the impact they have on our students and coworkers. Reagan surpasses any criteria for this award and should be recognized for the joy she brings to our lives at Mathnasium. She is ALWAYS creating a warm and fun atmosphere for the students and instructors while keeping her students on task. She is know by pretty much everyone as the fun one. She also can never be found sitting around with nothing to do. Anytime I see her without a student she’s doing inventory, updating binders, or any task Jason or ACDs can give her. Reagan exudes a type of joy that you want to be around, that you want to be a part of...that you want to be like."