Meet our Instructors!

Helen Aleksani

Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Helen, and I am a Mathematics Instructor, Department Chair, and Math Instructional Coach for the Waterford Unified School District.


I have 11 years of teaching experience, 5 years of Instructional Coaching experience, 7 years of Department Chair experience, and have served as a HiMAP tutor for 2 years.

Education

M.S. in Mathematics Education (Honors), Northern Arizona University

M.A. in Educational Technology (Distinction), California State University, Stanislaus

          Single-Subject Credential in Mathematics, California State University, Stanislaus

B.S. in Mathematics (Cum Laude), California State University, Stanislaus

A.S.T. in Mathematics, Modesto Junior College

Rapunzel Amador-Lewis, P.E.

Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Rapunzel, and I am a strong role model for young Leaders and Peers, offering outstanding presentations, communication, and cross-cultural team leadership skills, high-energy, and a result-orientated transformational leader with an entrepreneurial attitude.


I have been an Adjunct Professor for over 5 years at CSU Stanislaus, teaching courses in Mathematics, Operations Management, and Accounting and Finance.

Education

M.A. in Business Administration (Distinction), California State University, Stanislaus, 2006

B.S. in Architectural Engineering (Dean’s Honor List), California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1994

Lucy Bengson, P.E.

Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Lucy, and I have been a Math teacher in the Central Valley for over 10 years. My core strengths are Math and contract instruction, team building, planning and conducting seminars, and new market development.


I am a highly motivated professional with proven expertise in management, global business, market research, sales strategy development, quality control, training, and education. I have over 10 years of experience working with and for international businesses.

Education

B.S. in Math, California State University, Stanislaus, 2009

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela

Karol Eisenbeis

Math & English Instructor

Hello! My name is Karol, and I’m excited and proud to be an associate of Dr. Sundar’s educational institutions. This is my 21st year of teaching for Ceres Unified School District and my 6th year as a teaching consultant for the Great Valley Writing Project.


I lead an afterschool STEAM Team for Hidahl Elementary School. I continue to learn more about writing because every discipline requires excellent communication.

Education

M.A. in Education Administration (Distinction), California State University, Stanislaus, 2008

B.A. in Liberal Studies with a Biological Sciences concentration, California State University, Stanislaus, 1986

Ashley Huh

Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Ashley, and I am an instructor for Sundar Institute to edify and encourage young minds.


My hobbies are tennis, piano, and art.

My goal is to become a doctor.

Danielle Isaac

Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Danielle, and I am an instructor at Sundar Institute because I love working with kids, and I absolutely enjoy watching my students finally understand a concept. I have been with Dr. Sundar’s Sundar S.T.E.A.M. Academy for two years and have been tutoring for five years.


I am a Junior at California State University, Stanislaus. I aspire to become a District Administrator to make positive changes in education.


I love dancing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Bjorg Johannsdottir, Ph.D.

Math Instructor

Coming soon...

Debbie Kutz

Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Debbie, and I have been teaching for over 30 years. I began my teaching career as an elementary teacher, teaching grades 2, 3, and 6.

During that time, I developed a passion for teaching and learning Mathematics, so I decided to further my education and earn a Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics.


In my 15 years teaching elementary students and 15 years teaching Math in grades 7-12, one of the greatest joys is to hear a student exclaim, “Oh, I get it now!”

Education

B.S. in Dietetics and Food Administration (Magna Cum Laude), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 1987

CA Multiple-Subjects Teaching Credential

CA Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics

Jonathan Linares

English Instructor

Hello! My name is Jonathan, and I have taught English Language Arts for a year and have tutored writing to mainstream and ESL students for three years.


I am a first-generation Salvadoran & Mexican college graduate, and I aspire to become a Composition and ESL/ELD/EFL college instructor, with a special interest in collaborating with multi-cultural and -lingual students, academic research, essay writing, and Contemporary American and Gothic British literature.

Education

M.A. in English with a TESOL concentration (Distinction), CSU Stanislaus, 2019

Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), CSU Stanislaus, 2019

B.A. in English (Cum Laude), CSU Stanislaus, 2017

 A.A.T. in English (Honors), Modesto Junior College, 2015

Liz Martinez

English Instructor

Hello! My name is Liz Martines, and my career is in Clinical Psychology where I have worked with young children since 2012. I enjoy helping children learn and grow their strengths as well as develop through their challenges.


Dr. Sundar’s educational institutions are an extremely helpful resource for young children to build their academic skills, particularly in Mathematics. It is because of my appreciation of the program and what it intends to do that I am interested in tutoring children that form a part of her academy.

Education

B.A. in Psychology with a Cognitive Science concentration, UC Merced, 2017

Stella Pak

Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Stella, and I am an instructor at Sundar Institute in order to help students become more confident in their academic skills.


My hobbies are piano, tennis, and gardening.

My goal is to become an Optometrist.

Jazmin Pinedo

Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Jazmin, and I am an instructor for Dr. Sundar’s educational institutions, and I have had a passion for teaching for as long as I can remember. I want to become a teacher because I like to help those around me and change the lives of my students. I’ve tutored K-12 STEM Programs for 3 years and with Dr. Sundar for 2 years.


I am currently in my last year at Modesto Junior College, and I aim to finish my general education to transfer to CSU Stanislaus to earn a Bachelors’s in Liberal Studies.


In my spare time, I enjoy writing, helping my family with errands, and listening to music

Renuka Prakash

Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Renuka, and I have taught for 20 years in the Fiji Islands. I have taught Mathematics from 7th to 12th grade. My classroom is where students feel a sense of belonging and are able to use different strategies to understand and explore Math.


I carry on my passion for teaching with Aspire Public Schools at Vanguard College Preparatory Academy. This is my 10th year at Vanguard


Apart from teaching, I am a Key Club Advisor because I love to volunteer and serve the community. For self-care, I practice yoga, workout, read, and spend time with my family.

Hannah Sahota

Math Instructor

Hello! My name is Hannah, and I am an instructor for Dr. Sundar’s educational institutions in order to help struggling students grow both academically and socially.


Helping others is one of my favorite things to do, so being a tutor would be one of the highest privileges. Seeing a student finally understand the materials and topics they previously had difficulty with is one of the best experiences!


I have tutored a variety of students throughout middle school. My students varied in age, background, and behavior. Therefore, I have much experience dealing with a plethora of different students to tutor, and I am passionate about teaching and tutoring others.


Some of my hobbies include playing the piano, tennis, and programming.


My goal is to become a doctor.