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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:

Neetha Govind is the Center Director at Mathnasium Diamond. After hearing and learning about the Mathnasium philosophy and teaching methods, she knew immediately that this is the ideal way for her to serve the children in our community.She strongly believes that kids do not really 'hate math' what they hate, is being frustrated, embarrassed and confused by math.

Neetha is enthusiastic and excited to help your child 'catch-up, keep up and get ahead' in math by teaching it in the way that makes sense to them.

Stephen Tran, Owner / Instructor

Stephen Tran has a degree from the University Of Santa Barbara, CA as a chemist. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from Ferris State University, Michigan. After graduating from Pharmacy School, he decided to reside in Reno, Nevada and has been working as a Pharmacist in this community for the last 12 years.  He and his wife Sydney together have 3 kids Madison, Jayden and Brandon.

Stephen is very excited about the Mathnasium curriculum becasue it teaches in a way that all great math teachers would if they had time to do so. He looks forward to many 'AHAH' moments with children who just may surprise themselves and develop a love for mathematics also. He is a big believer in the value of number sense in everyday life and can't wait to begin opening kids up to this fun world of math by 'teaching math the way it makes sense to them'. With proper instruction and opportunity, he believes that ANY student can succeed in math.

 

 Ashton Gorman, Instructor

 Ashton Gorman is a Criminal Justice major at University of Nevada Reno.  She enjoys playing music and  writing. 

 Ashton believes the Mathnasium curriculum can aid students in excelling  throughout all levels of mathematics, and is always happy to see students finally  understand a concept that they have been struggling with.

Fun Facts:

Favorite Math Topic: 

The Algebra II curriculum

Interesting Fact: 

Ashton can solve a Rubik's Cube in under 2 minutes!

Favorite Math Joke:  

Q: What did the nut say when he grew up?

A: Gee, I'm a tree!

Ashton's new joke : 'I write opposites over hypotenuses not tradgedies'

 

 

 Veena Veerappan, Instructor 

 Veena is a Computer Science and Engineering Major at UNR. She enjoys building  things, listening to music, baking deserts and reading.

Veena believes that the Mathnasium teaching method makes math easier and more enjoyablefor the students.

 

Fun Facts:

Favorite Math Topic: 

Trigonometry and Pre-calculus

Interesting Fact: 

My birthday is on Halloween

Favorite Math Joke:  

Q: Why is the obtuse triangle always upset ?

A: Because it is never right

 

 Bryce Hunt , Instructor

 Bryce is a Secondary Education Major in Mathematics. He  enjoys creating/making things, drawing, skating and  camping.

 Bryce likes that at Mathnasium we focus on building skills,  not memorizing them.

 
 
 
Fun Facts:

Favorite Math Topic:

Algebra 1 & 2

Interesting Fact:

Bryce has his own T-shirt Line.

Favorite Math Joke:  

Q: sin(gerine) /cos (gerine) 

A: = tan(gerine)

 

 Amy Gao, Instructor

 Amy is a junior at Damonte Ranch High School. She is taking AP Biology, AP Physics, with a goal of stuying Pre-Med in college. She enjoys math and tennis.

 

 

Fun Facts:

Favorite Math Topic:

Algebra

Interesting Facts:

Youngest instructor at Mathnasium Diamond

Can play 6 instruments

Ranked #3 in Nevada in tennis

Been to state for History and Science

Ambedextrious

Favorite Math Joke:  

Q: Why did I divide sin by tan?

A: Just cos.

 Zuriah Quinton, Instructor

 Zuriah is a student stuying Physics at the University of Nevada, Reno. She enjoys running and reading.

Zuriah believes that the Mathnasium system gives students the confidence they need to do well in math.

 
 Fun Facts:

Favorite Math Topic: Algebra

Interesting Fact: Memorized over 80 digits of pi!

Favorite Math Joke:  

Q: What did pi say to pi?

A: Be rational

Q: What did pi say to i?

A: Get real

 Mia Gagne, Instructor

 Mia is a Galena High School Senior who loves to travel. She loves going to high school games, she's a dog lover and 'the office' enthusiast.

Mia's hobbies includes making and editing videos

About Mathnasium Mia says ' I like the way we employ different methods to teach the students to help round out                                    their knowledge (aka manipulatives)

 Fun Facts:

Favorite Math Topic: Alegbra 2

Interesting Fact: Mia has been to over 20 countries

Favorite Math Joke:  look at my tan ! sin/cos

                      

 Erica Kim, Instructor

 Erica is a pre-med Biology Major at UNR. She enjoys listening to music and playing piano.

She like Mathnasium as it gives students the tools and skills to understand and excel in Math.

 
 
 
 
Fun Facts:

Favorite Math Topic:Algebra

 Interesting Fact: Has her black belt in Taekwondo.

 Favorite Math Joke:  Never agree with a 90 degree angle. It's always right!

 

 Iris Kim, Instructor

Iris is a senior at Reno High School and currently working towards college. She loves hiking, photography, writing and traveling. Iris loves spending time with family and loved ones. She does kickboxing and martial arts in her free time. She loves working with kids and this is what drew her to apply at Mathnasium.

Fun Facts:

Favorite Math Topic:  Statistics and Probabilty

Interesting Fact:  She is trilingual

Favorite Math Joke:   Why did I divide sin by tan?  Just cos

Brandon Garcia-Nunez, Instructor

Brandon is a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Nevada Reno. He enjoys building machines, tinkering with computers and solving puzzles.

Brandon likes that Mathnasium curriculum is individually structured around each students.

Fun Facts:

Favorite Math Topic:  Algebra 1

Interesting Fact:  Brandon builds and programs robots in his spare time

Favorite Math Joke:  Parallel lines have so much in common, it's a shame they'll never meet

Delaware’s Youngest CEO: P.S. du Pont Middle School Student Imani Henry

She sets record numbers for Girl Scout Cookie sales, helps fellow students get a better handle on reading, and makes and sells jewelry in her spare time. Get to know this trailblazer.

By Drew Ostroski // PHOTO BY Ron Dubick


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DT: How did you come up with 100 Men Reading Day?
IH: I came up with the idea because, when I was younger, I had a very difficult time learning to read. I would cry myself to sleep every night because I didn’t know how to read. My mom and dad tried to help me, but nothing really seemed to work. After my mom was searching the Internet for a reading tutor, she found a program called Reading Assists. The program comes to your school and basically helps you improve your reading by doing cards and stuff. (Her mom, Stacey Henry, explains that Imani was born with a medical condition that went undiscovered until she was 5. The condition, which impaired her vision, halted her reading development. The reading program, as well as her parents, helped her to overcome the issue. So, Imani wanted to help others to enjoy reading as much as she does.)

DT: It must have been great to be able to read again. Your mom said you even read things that you weren’t supposed to.
IH: I wanted to read everything. Mail would come addressed “To the Parents of Imani Henry.” It had my name on it, so I just opened it.

DT: What were your favorite books?
IH: In second grade, it was Amelia Bedelia. Before that it was something about rub a dub dub in a tub … and Clifford the Big Red Dog and Dora the Explorer. I love animals.

DT: How did you get 100 Men Reading Day off the ground?
IH: My mom used to be very active in the community and do all of these social events. One day we were talking about things and I said, “Mommy, I want to be like you. I want to make a program for reading,” since I had a problem with reading. My favorite number was 100 at that time, so I was like, “Why don’t we make it 100 Men Reading and the men have to go out and read to the kids.” Because when my Daddy used to read to me, it would make me feel very special.

DT: You are the keynote speaker at the 100 Men Reading Day events. Do you prepare your own speech?
IH: My mom helped me type the first one, because at that time I didn’t really know how to type. (She was 10.) My mom keynote speaks sometimes, and I wanted to be like my mom. So when I was doing it, I was trying not to look at the paper. But sometimes I stumbled and I had to look at the paper. I did write most of it because, basically, it just tells my story. 

DT: Now 100 Men Reading Day is going national?
IH: Yes. That was my dream when I was 10. I was like, Mom, I want this to go worldwide, national. A couple months ago, we applied for the Peace First Prize. It’s supposed to be like a Nobel Peace Prize for kids. I was really excited about that because it was something I’ve never done before. I was looking at the website and they have the Peacemakers’ profiles, so everyone who made it as a finalist has a profile on there. (There were 2,000 finalists narrowed to a field of 50.)

DT: I hear that Gov. Markell presented you with a Literacy Month Proclamation. Do you enjoy hanging out with the governor?
IH: He makes me smile. He just makes me blush. I don’t know why. He’s like my dad. My dad makes me smile so much. When I need to smile I don’t smile, and then my dad comes around and I’m all grinning. When the governor comes around, he has these facial features that make me blush.

DT: Last June, you took 100 Men Reading Day statewide.
IH: It’s a lot of traveling. We take a car with books and T-shirts and bags. We head to Sussex and Kent counties. We have a reception the night before for the men who are going to read. On reading day, we usually have breakfast and then the men go out and read.

DT: You got to be a Girl Scout Youth CEO because you sold a lot of cookies?
IH: I sold the most cookies for Delaware for two years. The highest you can sell is 2,000 boxes of cookies.

DT: What’s your secret?
IH: My father has a business with a lot of customers and a lot of cars go by. It’s called Glass World Inc. It’s on 37th and Market in Wilmington. I have a cookie stand and I stand out there in the cold (it’s February), shivering. People stop and order their cookies. I try to keep warm by doing little dances. It’s my birthday month. I had to sell cookies on my birthday.

DT: Is it worth it?
IH: I’ve won two iPads, two iPod Touches, gift cards, gift certificates to the Girls Scouts stores, a free membership for the next year and all kinds of other stuff.

DT: You also run a jewelry business?
IH: Yes. There was a summer program (Chasing the Dream, run by the Delaware Money School) where you had to figure out what you wanted to sell. My cousin used to make jewelry and sell it when she was in college. I asked her to help me make jewelry. We went shopping for the beads and everything. We have really unique beads that we got from lots of stores and online. I made the jewelry and sold it. My mom models everything.

DT: But you also have another business?
IH: I went to a junior entrepreneurship camp last summer and I made flower pens and boy pens and I sell them. The boy pens were sort of a creation in progress because we had Army men and we didn’t know how to attach them to the pen. So we got some tape and taped them. We didn’t make as many boy pens as flower pens. You put the flower pens in a bouquet and set them on your desk. I was the president of my own group.

DT: Your mom says that 50 percent of what you earn goes back into the 100 Men Reading nonprofit.
IH: Yes. (She smiles.) I like money.

DT: What are you going to do for a career?
IH: I want to be a veterinarian and maybe an engineer. In STEM class, we were trying to design mechanical parts for dogs. They liked my idea, so they might do something with it.

DT: How has all of this changed your life?
IH: When I was 10, I didn’t really do anything much but go to school and do homework. Now people recognize the 100 Men Reading T-shirt when I wear it. Last weekend, we were at the Wilmington Riverfront and one person was very, very, energetic. They want to get involved. I’m pretty busy. I don’t really have time to watch YouTube anymore. What little time I do have, I’m usually doing homework or studying.   

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